Pair of 1/2 Standard Olive Trees
Overall height inc. pot:110 cm
Trunk height: 70 cm
Diameter of head: 30 cm
Pot height: 20 cm
Half Standard Olea europaea
Gift Wrapped Olive Trees
These beautiful standard olive trees make the most wonderful decoration flanking a front door or gateway. They are ideal to adorn with lights for an effective Christmas display. They are equally at home in containers or planted directly in the ground for instant structure in the garden. They are an ideal size making the perfect gift for Christmas or any other special occasion.
Olive trees have beautiful evergreen, silvery grey foliage which looks stunning all year round. The trees are remarkably hardy; easily withstanding -12 degrees. Another advantage of the olive tree is that once rooted they are very drought tolerant. They can be happy in a pot or container and like all plants in containers they will need regular water and food. Full care notes are included with every order detailing water and feed requirements, pruning and any other specific care. We make it as easy as we can for you!
Your gift comes presented as follows: we handwrite any personal message on to a wooden gift tag threaded with jute string, the pot of each tree is covered in a reusable calico drawstring bag, and the trunks are tied with a red satin ribbon. The gift comes safely boxed via courier.
A beautiful pair of olives trees makes a lasting and memorable gift.
Overall height of each tree at dispatch: 140 cm (inc. container)
Diameter of head: 40cm
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Situation Open Close
Olive trees love a sunny, sheltered well drained site; a south facing position is ideal, however it’s not essential as long as there is lots of sunlight and the soil is well drained. A well drained soil can be achieved by digging in lots of grit before planting. Wind is not a problem for olives - they can even cope in a seaside location with salt laden winds. The same conditions apply for container grown olives, potting up with a mixture of John Innes No.3 and multipurpose compost, ideally with some added grit for drainage.
Feeding Open Close
To help promote new growth, flowering and fruiting, give a feed with a slow release general purpose fertiliser around the base of the plant in spring. In the growing season an occasional feed with a liquid fertiliser is beneficial. Stop feeding after August as this will promote soft new growth which could be damaged in winter. It is more important to feed container planted trees as the nutrients are soon depleted from the soil after a growing season.
Pruning Open Close
Olives respond well to pruning; to help keep in shape and to promote new growth. A light prune in spring will help shape the tree after the winter, cut out any dead, damaged or diseased growth. In summer a heavier prune can be done if required, olives can put a lot of growth on during this time and might need to be kept in check.
Watering Open Close
If planted into a container make sure the tree is well watered during the growing season as the roots cannot search for water like they do in the ground, especially so if in terracotta as this bakes the soil in summer. In the first year of planting, olive trees in the ground need to be kept well watered too, however once established they can tolerate some small periods of drought but prefer to be watered occasionally.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
Generally pest free, occasionally olive trees can be prone to Peacock or Black Spot or Woolly Aphid. Black Spot (small brown circles on leaf, leaf turning yellowy brown) can be treated by spraying with a fungicide. Woolly Aphid (white fluffy like substance appearing on leaf axils and pruning cuts) needs treating with an insecticide. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for best application.
Winter Care Open Close
Olive trees are surprisingly very hardy; large plants can be hardy to around -15C (and lower), as long as the compost/soil is well drained. Mature plants will be evergreen to around this temperature, younger plants are more susceptible to leaf loss if the temperatures are continually very low. Small plants can be over-wintered inside to help retain leaves; maximise ventilation and light and water occasionally. They soon start to regain their leaves once the spring has arrived. Watch out for the roots of containerised plants becoming waterlogged.