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Olive Tree Care: From Ancient Times to Your Garden

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Olive trees, with their gnarled trunks and silvery leaves, have been a symbol of peace and vitality since ancient times. Now, they can be a part of your UK garden, adding a Mediterranean flair. Here’s how to care for these timeless beauties.

 

Selecting the Right Variety:

Choose cold-hardy varieties like ‘Arbequina’ or ‘Leccino’ which are more suited to the UK climate.

 

Location and Soil:

Olive trees require a sunny spot and well-drained soil. If planting in pots, ensure adequate drainage holes.

 

Watering:

Water regularly but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

 

Feeding:

Use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer in early spring to encourage growth. Reduce feeding as the weather cools.

 

Winter Care:

In colder regions, protect your olive tree with fleece wraps or move pots indoors to a frost-free environment.

 

Pruning:

Prune in late spring to maintain shape and encourage airflow. Remove any dead or diseased branches.

 

Pests and Diseases:

Watch for common pests like scale insects. Treat any infestations promptly with suitable insecticides.

With the right care, your olive tree can be a stunning focal point in your garden for years to come, evoking the timeless landscapes of the Mediterranean.

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