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Olive tree.. help!

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  1. Lauren Wales

    Lauren Wales Apprentice Gardener

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    74D43F2A-6756-47A4-9B7E-96C684670857.jpeg3384F613-89AA-4DC3-B3B3-0DB5034ADF5B.jpeg Hi everyone.
    I am a complete novice at gardening. I recently purchased two olive trees as they look beautiful and safe as I have a dog...
    We planted them in large pots with multi purpose compost. We’ve had some very hot weather recently and I’ve been watering them every few days as the soil started to look dry at the top.
    We had very heavy rainfall over the last two days and I was away from home, coming home one of the trees looks fine, the other looks awful! I don’t know what to do?! They are currently outside with access to sunlight for most of the day.
    If I show you photos I would really appreciate some advice on what do to, how to care for these trees Etc. They are beautiful and I want to keep them strong and healthy!
    Thank you in advance!
     
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    • WeeTam

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      Has the pot its sitting in got enough drainage holes in it?

      If not its waterlogged hence leaves falling off. Get it out of the pot ,allow it to dry somewhat and get another pot for it.

      If its got the drainage holes then someone else may be able to help out.
       
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        Exactly my thoughts. Olive trees in pots do need to be watered but they are not marsh plants!
         
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        • Lauren Wales

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          No they don’t have any drainage holes! ok so I need to re pot. Thank you.
           
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            Ok ... apparently the pots do have a drainage hole (sorry I didn’t get the pots!). If it is waterlogging, why wouldn’t the other plant be doing the same thing?
             
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              There could be various different reasons for one failing. It could be that something was wrong when you first got it.

              Could be that one rootball was dry and wasn’t soaked first..

              Drainage being the nect thought.. It could be root rot if it has been sodden for days...
              Root rot occurs in soils that have poor drainage or are excessively wet. The rot is caused by fungal organisms living in the soil. Therefore the roots are no longer feeding the tree, tree growth is stunted and the foliage becomes sparse. To check for root rot, remove soil to expose the roots of the tree. Scrape off about a 1-inch sliver of bark. If the exposed tissue is brown or black, the root is dead.

              Verticillium Wilt is a non recoverable disease..

              There is also a bacterial disease called a Olive knot which is treatable..

              My olive tree is planted in John Innes No3 and seems perfectly happy..
               
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                Ive got about a dozen small,olives some of which got stressed and shed their leaves earlier this year. What i did was to plunge water and feed them a couple of times and 8 out of 12 are bushy again the others are ok ish too.
                So give it a chance to recover,give it some food,water it then let it dry a bit then water etc. Try to protect it from any harsh cold winter winds and try to keep it on the dryish side during winter.
                 
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                • Lauren Wales

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                  Great, thank you
                   
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                    Lauren, when planting shrubs or anything permanent in pots use a john innes compost. Multi purpose compost is not really adequate anyway but esp during this hot dry weather water tends to run through as well as nutrients.
                    Before planting soak the rootball and loosen the roots if they are congested. If planted dry, no amount of watering afterwards will make up for it.
                    Despite this, I think your plant did get waterlogged.....your pot may have a drainage hole but is it blocked? It is worth putting a slate, stone, etc., over the hole and some gravel below any compost to ensure good drainage. So check when watering that water is flowing out of the pot :)
                     
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                    • Lauren Wales

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                      Ah that’s great!! Thank you for the advice
                       
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                        Hello @Lauren Wales :sign0016: to GC...I've never had one sorry so I can't help :)

                         
                      • Lauren Wales

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                        Hi there! Thank you :)
                         
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