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Re-potting an olive tree.

I picked up a £1.99 olive tree from LIDL on a whim about 5 years ago. It was stuck into a pot and left to fend for itself apart from watering in dry spells.
It has grown into a healthy looking shrub about 3 ft tall, but is now needing re-potted into something bigger.
What time of year would be best for it?
Sunny Dundee

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    Early Spring would be good. Then as it comes into growth it'll have some nice fresh compost to help it get going
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Pete.8 said:
    Early Spring would be good. Then as it comes into growth it'll have some nice fresh compost to help it get going
    Thanks Pete.
    Just treat it like any other shrub then.
    Sunny Dundee
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,741
    Pretty much - yes.
    I've had one in a pot for abt 20yrs in JI#2 and LOTS of grit.
    I often forget to water it for ages and it still grows well.
    During the growing season I feed it with seaweed extract about once a month when I remember and it looks much leafier since I started doing that.
    It's also been home to a massive ant colony for about 15yrs.... and every summer -

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks again @Pete.8
    I'll do exactly that.
    Sunny Dundee
  • It is amazing what you can buy (plants) when you go to buy something else.
    We bought a small vine (from Lidl) that has been the most productive for some years and we hadn't gone to buy it as we didn't see it until we arrived.
  • It is amazing what you can buy (plants) when you go to buy something else.
    We bought a small vine (from Lidl) that has been the most productive for some years and we hadn't gone to buy it as we didn't see it until we arrived.
    Yes, you can pick up a few gems from the likes of Lidl.
    The Olive 'tree' was only about 6 inches tall, but has grown surprisingly well, despite being neglected and frequently knocked over by strong winds.
    It deserves some better care for surviving so well.  :)
    Sunny Dundee
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