Common name: Olive tree
From the Andalusian olive groves this variety of olive tree Picual produces olives that even the experts say makes the highest grade of olive oil of big stability. You could say an olive tree is as old as time dating back in ancient literature to 4000 BC and of course we all are familiar with the term “extending somebody and olive branch” the meaning of peace and good will.
Foliage Ever green & glossy leaf
Hardy Hardy in the UK survives down to -15
exposure Sheltered . North of UK -In harsh winds, fleece crown and bubble wrap pot as this is advised in extreme cold weathers.
Soil Most soil types
Watering Keep moist but free drainage. Water regular in pots in the warmer months, minimum once to twice a week and more in full sun. During winter months don’t allow to dry out completely, but keep soil moist. When planted in the ground you must be aware that olive trees like free drainage and not water logged soil.
Potting John Innes no. 3. Mix some agricultural grit.
Fertiliser Osmocote slow release and tomato feed to promote olive growth.
General Please note as the balls are tightly pruned the trees may be prone to leaf drop in the winter, these do spring back every year spring/summer and this is of no detriment to the health of the tree.