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Wrapping Olive Trees for Winter

Hi everyone. I have a young olive tree which I’d like to wrap for winter. Should I be wrapping the whole tree including foliage or should I just be wrapping the pot? Any advice greatly appreciated. Thanks


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    edited November 2018
    First thing, make sure you position your plant on a southerly/south west position against the house wall. There is no need to wrap the leaf areas. You can fleece over the top part of the pot by gathering it round like a scarf. Olive trees are hardy enough to take frost. It's the root area that needs the protection when grown in a pot.

    You should wrap bubble wrap around the pot and raise the pot off the floor by placing pot feet or similar to keep drainage good. I normally just sink mine it into a larger pot and squash broken polystyrene pieces all down the sides. But, I'm in the south east and not at all cold.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,274
    The advice from the specialist olive nursery where we bought our tree is to bring it under cover for the coldest months and bring it back out again mid to late spring. Ours is put in an unheated summer house.
    Rutland, England
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,263
    I've had an olive tee in a pot facing south for at least 15 years.
    I've never covered it with anything and it's never had any winter damage.
    I guess it depends where you live

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,160
    Mine too is in a big pot and 3-4 years old now. It stands in a corner between two house walls, facing south. I just push it right under the eaves to keep the rain off as much as possible and wrap the pot if heavy frost is forecast. It's been okay so far but as Pete says, it's usually quite warm in this area too.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • I've  successfully  overwintered my olive for 10 years now live  in York now and previously Pennine  West Yorkshire.  I group all my tender herbs and olive together . Wrap pots in bubble wrap then use garden canes and fleece or dense green netting  to.make a cone right round the foliage. Keeps damaging cold winds off and provides some frost protection.  Pots are on gravel or patio.
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