We bought an olive tree to grow in our garden a few years ago. It was quite successful until last winters frost which had appeared to kill it. However, despite the tree having died from the roots up, a great number of shoots have sprung up from around the base of the old trunk. I have removed the dead wood leaving a stump and all the shoots and transplanted the tree to a large pot which means we can protect it from future winters frosts by moving it into the greenhouse. However, in order to get something which resembles a 'tree' to grow again what should I do with the plethora of shoots? Do I need to remove all but one shoot? I fear if I do this I will be stressing the plant even further and it may die completely. Any advice very much appreciated.
- 16 Jul, 2011