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Potted olive tree

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Potted olive tree

The olive, European oil, is a Mediterranean plant and as such grows perfectly in areas characterized by a rather mild climate, such as our central and southern regions. It loves the heat, tolerates drought well and with some attention it resists well even temperatures near zero. Among the ever green plants it stands out for its longevity: it can live hundreds of years. Its roots need shallow soils and its growth is slow but continuous, even if it slows down in the winter period. All these characteristics have meant that in recent years the tendency to cultivate the olive tree in pot has spread. Not only for olives, but also for ornamental purposes. As a plant it does not require excessive care and if you put it in ideal conditions it will give us a lot of satisfaction and exquisite olives with minimal effort.


Correct exposure and watering

As briefly mentioned earlier, the olive tree loves the heat and is not afraid of drought. These are two basic parameters. We will therefore have to place our plant in a place as sunny as possible. This will guarantee a healthy and luxuriant growth of the plant. In addition to this you must be very careful with the watering. Let's make sure the soil is dry between one watering and another. Basically if we place it in a medium-sized pot, it will be sufficient to water it once a week in the summer, one every two or three weeks in the other seasons. In winter the rains will suffice. This is because the olive tree, especially if in the pots, is very afraid of humidity and water stagnation, which would favor root rot and the onset of diseases that could be fatal. We therefore preferably choose terracotta pots, which guarantees better perspiration than plastic, and prepare a soft and draining soil. Useful in this context, place gravel or cuddles at the bottom of the container.

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