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I have a small standard olive tree that I keep in the garden during the summer - it thrives.
However when I bring it in when it gets cold the leaves drop off and there is a stickiness to them.
This is the third year this has happened.
I have sprayed the whole plant each year with soapy water which helps but as soon as I bring it in (this week is an example) the leaves drop.
Is it too warm inside and too cold outside?
Thanks Everyone



Where do you live GrannySal? Olive trees stay outside all year here - and I've heard that they do in London as well. You may be being too kind to your tree.

19 Oct, 2011


I live in Weymouth Dorset on the south coast - I think you may be right - poor old Olive does seem happier outside. I will put her out tomorrow - thanks !

19 Oct, 2011


I gather it's in a pot Grannysal. It would be worth wrapping the pot in plenty of bubblewrap to try to prevent it freezing too hard - &/ or you could bring it in if the weather is particularly cold. The olive trees round here are in the ground where the roots are more protected.

19 Oct, 2011


I will definately wrap her up - thanks!

20 Oct, 2011


I think that the reason the leaves are dropping off when you bring it indoors is because it's too dry inside. Central heating's not too kind to plants like that. Also, lack of natural light won't help.

21 Oct, 2011

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