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Our olive tree seems very sparse and we've never pruned it. After returning from Greece recently the trees there are very dense and I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. Could anyone give any tips please on pruning? Thanks 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,121
    I'd take all those plants out the pot that are in with it. It won't appreciate that.
    Unless you live in an area that has similar conditions to Greece, it'll never look the same as the ones growing there.  :)
    Has it had the soil medium it's growing in refreshed each year? Anything in a pot needs attention. Good drainage too. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Remember, the olive trees in greece are growing in open ground without their roots being restricted. I have an olive tree which looks very like yours. I asked in the biomes in Eden why their olive trees did not carry any fruit. It is because the membrane used to build the domes cuts out the ultra violet rays. My tree has flowered for several years and had mini olives form. They all drop off when the weather cools. This year I have quite a few fruit formed which are pea sized but a long way to go to warrent me buying an olive press. Trees n pots also need lots of water so your tree is growing in far less than ideal conditions.
  • Thanks for all the advice. Appreciate it
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,121
    It'll need fed and watered well through the growing season too. It won't get any rainwater where it's located, and you can't rely on that anyway, even if you get regular rainfall. It's important to check that    :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Our olive tree seems very sparse and we've never pruned it. After returning from Greece recently the trees there are very dense and I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. Could anyone give any tips please on pruning? Thanks 

    Ryan, your olive tree looks beautiful but just a litte sparse.
    I have an olive tree in a container which is thriving now after lessons learned so will give you a few tips:

    Make sure there is proper drainage inside the pot so it never gets water logged.
    It needs a spot where it can get plenty of sunshine right down to the base of the tree if possible. 
    Give it special olive tree plant feed which will help produce more leaves.
    Water well, even if it has rained because containers do not capture much of the rain.
    Mature olive trees pruned to give it a denser growth.  Your tree is a young delicate looking tree with natural growth, a light pruning late spring is all I do to my tree and it produces a lot of leaves.

    I learned that olive trees in pots do not thrive well with other plants in the same pot.  Remove all plants around it and decorate it with shingle, pebbles. 
    Good luck :smile:

  • Our olive tree seems very sparse and we've never pruned it. After returning from Greece recently the trees there are very dense and I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. Could anyone give any tips please on pruning? Thanks 

    Ryan, your olive tree looks beautiful but just a litte sparse.
    I have an olive tree in a container which is thriving now after lessons learned so will give you a few tips:

    Make sure there is proper drainage inside the pot so it never gets water logged.
    It needs a spot where it can get plenty of sunshine right down to the base of the tree if possible. 
    Give it special olive tree plant feed which will help produce more leaves.
    Water well, even if it has rained because containers do not capture much of the rain.
    Mature olive trees pruned to give it a denser growth.  Your tree is a young delicate looking tree with natural growth, a light pruning late spring is all I do to my tree and it produces a lot of leaves.

    I learned that olive trees in pots do not thrive well with other plants in the same pot.  Remove all plants around it and decorate it with shingle, pebbles. 
    Good luck :smile:

    Thank you. Will definitely take on board these tips 😀
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,121
    I wouldn't feed it just now - save that for the growing season  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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