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nicedavejcnicedavejc Posts: 10

I have had an olive tree (europea) in a pot for around 10 yrs now. It has always stayed outside. I have a raised bed surrounded on 3 sides by a ramped path. It is close to a deciduous tree (around 6m away) there are no drainage holes through the walls. I was wondering whether I could plant the olive (5' tall with the pot) with a 50/50 mix of john innes no.3 (from previous threads) and some garden compost and added grit (how much?).

It has a load of flowers this year and I feel it wants to do more and would love it to become a bigger tree.

The position is sheltered and sunny, Irises love it there! It gets baked hard in summer.


  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    I have a 16 year old Millenium Olive tree from the Bay of Olives.. Mine too is in a large ceramic pot and I too have been thinking of re potting it.. I do get Olives but not enough to do anything with.. So Think of how they grow in the Greek Islands for examp;e, poor soil rarely watered but they still do well..

  • nicedavejcnicedavejc Posts: 10

    i am still worried that it will be too wet in that bed in the winter.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,434

    Lots of grit, and then some more. They cope better with poor soils, but must have free draining.  The entire bed will need to be that type of soil, otherwise you get a sump and the water just seeps back.

    I would get  the biggest pot you can (or maybe one of this big wooden box planters on wheels.), raise it on pot feet, and wrap it up for winter in fleece.

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    The big problem I find with buying a new pot or container is the base of the pot needs to be as wide as the top or not much point repotting it...

    Those wooden planters on wheels are soo expensive and being wood they rot..

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