The title of this post is the answer to the question: How are the olive trees doing?
As you recall we bought 3 small olive trees in Florida about his time of year back in 2013.
Each year we’ve brought them in for the winter. Inside they lose leaves and get spindly.
This year I decided I’d like them to have a less sprawling look; more of a topiary style. The advice from the grower was: Prune the lower branches and shape your tree. Olive trees bear their fruit on one year old wood. To promote this growth, prune your trees in spring. You can pinch the branches of new trees or prune back branches of established trees. Olive trees won’t bear fruit twice on the same wood, so remove bearing shoots from the previous year each spring. Don’t prune your tree in the first two years.
That worked great with the Greek Koroneiki olive tree.
It has been transplanted and is doing well.
The other two Spanish Arbequina olive trees, however, are leafing out a bit but have taken the transition from Florida to Maryland very hard.
I’m hoping these few leaves on each of the newly transplanted trees will help them to grow with vigor.
I’m going to let them get accustomed to their new pots and fertilize them to promote wood growth.
No fertilizing after October.
When do you give up on plants that are not growing well?