… for my birthday, New Year’s Eve – I treated myself to an olive tree. It is in a 6″ pot and is about 14 inches high. Have looked up care but it is all for outside, large Trees. Any suggestions. Right now I have it inside – temp is in the 30s to 40s right now.
To successfully flower olives that must be overwintered inside, keep the plant in a cold but not freezing room with plenty of indirect light. The night time winter temperatures should be consistently between 30-45 F. Logees, a seller of container citrus and other edibles, has just published a book called Growing Tasty Tropical Plants in Any Home, Anywhere. You might find some better specific information there. I have not read the book but did see that my Library system has it, so you should be able to get a hold of it from your library too.
I’m planting my first olive tree in a container this week, thank you for the info. I also have two kumquats for the deck.
Have you tried the Holey Cone or Plant Warrior for containers? It is a very simple aeration system and it works great. This is my second year using them, but they are hard to find. Only available on the internet as far as I know.
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