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Poorly oliver tree - advice please!

jenny jjenny j Posts: 8

Hi, I've got an olive tree which lives indoors in a pot overwinter, but in a sun room in the summer. I've seen an infestation of scale insects, which I've manually removed (yuk!) and also many of the leaves had curled with a caterpillar inside (I don't think that they are causing the scale infrestation). I've picked off all the infected leaves.


The result is a sad looking olive tree (about four foot high and sparse in its pot) and I'd love to know what I can do now to give it some TLC etc etc. Should I fertilise it, leave it outdoors in the sunshine, or what?


Many thanks for your advice! JennyJ




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,902

    I agree with Philippa - olives are much happier outside - preferably planted in the ground in a sheltered sunny spot - but if in a pot protect the pot with a few layers of bubblewrap in the winter and keep the compost/soil on the dry side.  Cold on it's own won't harm olives, but cold and wet together will make them very unhappy. 

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

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