Gardening Questions And Answers
Outside, the Wild Olive Tree is shade tolerant and can survive in USDA zones 6-9 as long as it is planted in a well-drained soil. Olive trees require a well-drained soil and a sunny position. Although they can cope with dry periods, olives in containers need regular watering and feeding to produce fruit.
Pollination and Flowering Olive trees are pollinated by wind so they will need to be outdoors when flowering. Although most olive tree varieties are self-fertile, in our cooler climate it may be useful to introduce another cultivar cross-pollinator to boost pollination. This should help increase fruit production.
Although they can cope with dry periods, olives in containers need regular watering and feeding to produce fruit. During the growing season, keep the compost moist and feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser such as Phostrogen, every month. In winter, reduce watering, but don’t let the compost dry out completely.
In general, olives are not a dangerous food for cats; they’re considered safe for them to consume in very small quantities. Eating a tiny olive snack, meaning less than a whole olive, a couple of times a week should be fine for your kitty if they’ve eaten olives in the past without any negative side […]
The vitamins and antioxidants found in olives may provide important health benefits. For example, some studies have shown that olives may protect against osteoporosis, in which bones become brittle or weak. Olives are also rich in vitamin E, which can improve skin health and help your immune system.
Most aptly suited to areas which are prone to high heat and plenty of sunshine, the olive tree should be planted outside and once established is fairly low maintenance. Olive trees have lovely silver leaves, which will compliment many other plantings of the garden but are also grown for their fruit.
USE YOUR FINGERS: once per week stick finger about 1-inch (2.5 cm) below the soil surface to check for moisture. If the fingertip is dry, slowly saturate the soil until water runs out of the bottom drain holes. If you feel moisture during the touch test, do not water the olive tree. Check again in […]