Olive Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Morgan Hill, CA
Question by dcb01
May 9, 2006
Is an olive tree a good tree choice for planting in a 36


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Answer from NGA
May 9, 2006

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Olive trees can be grown in containers. Because their root systems will be confined, they will remain smaller than normal, but they'll still be attractive. The best approach is to move your tree up to a larger and larger container as it grows. After a year or more, when the roots of your Olive have become crowded, transplant it into a larger pot. Choose a pot that is 1?2 inches wider in diameter, with a drainage hole in the bottom. Use a fast-draining potting mix, and begin by filling the container about half-full of moistened mix. Remove the plant from the pot by grasping the rim, turning the pot upside down, and tapping it against the heel of your hand. Gently break up the sides of the root ball with your thumbs and tease apart any roots that are circling at the bottom. Then set the root ball on top of the mix and adjust the amount of mix in the container so that the top of the root ball will be about 1 inch below the rim. Fill in around the root ball with potting mix to bring the level to about 1 inch below the rim, and firm lightly. Finally, water thoroughly.

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