Aluminium bubble wrap and olive trees
I've recently moved from Central London to the Sussex Coast and I've brought my two large 5 year old olive trees with me and I'm wondering about their health as they're showing signs of leaf curl in places and droppy branches, mainly lower down so I've cut them back hoping the upper parts will remain healthy, however I'm still not convinced all is ok. Although the winds in London could get up its obviously windier here by the coast, and due to space I've positioned them as best as I can with north wind protection from the shed but I can't shelter the east wind as suggested online as it's an open area, however in my location it's actually more a southern wind that comes in from the sea that tend to blow them. Before planting I read online that its a good idea to wrap the pot in bubblewrap and ideally inside the pot rather than the outside and to then put the whole pot in the ground rather than planting an olive tree directly in the ground due in th UK due to frost in the winter. I didn't have regular bubble wrap but I had a box of aluminium bubble wrap hanging around so I lined the pot with it before planting, however I'm now wondering if the aluminium on it is ok or if it has an alternative effect? The bubble wrap has an aluminium side facing out towards the inside of the plastic pot, and the other side of the bubble wrap next to the soil is plain plastic. The pot itself is like I say plastic and I've drilled plenty of drainage holes and put a layer of gravel in the base of the pot as well as digging deeper in the ground and laying a thick layer of gravel under the pot for extra drainage as the soil in the garden is clay so not that free draining. I've used a mix of general purpuse compost and john innes and grit so it should drain ok. However when I water it it seems to drain down very slowly so that's one issue but the other is the one sided aluminium bubble wrap. Obviously aluminium pots are used all the time so I hope it's fine in terms of soil ph but as I'm trying to keep the heat in I wonder if the aluminium coating facing out is an issue. It is inside the pot and like I say the bubble wrap facing the soil and tree is clear not aluminium on both sides, so is it a major thing or am I over worrying and I should just wait for the summer to kick in and for the tree to get over the shock of being uprooted?