we inherited a small olive tree from an elderly relative a couple of years ago, it was looking a bit sad so we repotted it and put it in our garden in a sunny spot, it recovered really well and was looking good by the end of last summer. We covered it in fleece for protection over the winter (which with hindsight was probably a mistake) and I think it got too dry because when we uncovered it in spring it looked pretty much dead and hasn't perked up all summer. Thinking it was dead I cut all the branches off so it would fit in the bin then I noticed some shoots with green leaves on coming out of the bottom of the trunk. I stopped butchering it but I'm not sure what to do now as it's just a bare trunk with a few shoots at the base - should I cut it off just above the shoots and see what happens? I realise it's is completely the wrong time to be pruning an olive tree but I wasn't pruning I thought I was chopping it up for firewood! I was also thinking it might be best to bring it inside for some TLC over the winter as the poor thing has open wounds. Any advice on how I might be able to resurrect the tree would be very welcome, thanks.
- 18 Sep, 2011