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Dying Olive tree


Hi there, I have planted an ancient olive tree in my garden in London, but after 2 months it doesn't sign of new leaves. Moreover the top crown is dying and few branches as well. I have planted it above cornel stone and slightly raised to avoid root damp. I have used twice a olive liquid fertilizer but it doesn't respond. Is there anything I can do to help it?



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,101

    A tree that size is going to need quite a bit of watering until it gets established ... the soil looks dry ... has it been watered? 

    It's quite a specialist thing to transplant and look after a tree of that age and size ... where there any care instructions with it? 

    Last edited: 21 July 2017 15:39:42

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    This is very sad. The tree has been uprooted from probably Spain or Italy, where it has been growing for a century or three, probably to make way for development. It has had most of it's roots chopped off, been stuffed in a pot  and brought here. Of course it needs water and lots of it! Flood it now and keep it well watered throughout the summer. You probably paid a lot of money for it. Did you receive any instructions how to look after it? Hopefully someone who knows about olive growing can offer more advice.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
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