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how do I look after an olive and lemon tree

South Devon, United Kingdom Gb

I have a baby olive tree plant and a baby lemon tree plant. I live in Devon. I have kept them in the conservatory over night away from frost. What can I do to make them produce fruit? I put them out during the day. Also I lost my bougainvillea to the frost I think.



Bouganvilleas are not hardy in this country and are meant for indoors only. you can put them out over the Summer but be sure to bring it in when the nights turn colder.
The same goes for the olive and the lemon. When the olive gets more mature (which takes many years) you can leave it outside, but the lemon must be kept indoors over winter. How old is the lemon? I don't think it will produce fruit until it has matured enough and as for the olive, they rarely fruit in this country.

15 Apr, 2009


why do they not fruit in this country? The olive tree? If I was to keep it indoors would it fruit then? However I should think that it would have to be pollunated to get flowers, I know that you can artificially pollunate plants by yourself. My olive tree is about 1metre high. Do you think I need to keep it indoors for now? I have had it outdoors because the garden centre from where I bought it, had it outdoors. The lemon tree, I bought from Homebase, it had two lemons on it, they were delicious, I am feeding both of them citrus food, including food for mediterraen trees and shrubs. I put them out during the day and take them in at night. Not the olive tree. Should I take that in at night? Thank you very much for your reply and I hope to hear from you again and I shall let you know what happens to them. As for my bougainvillea, it has one little green branch poking out and I think there is still some life there, I am monitoring it on a daily basis. It is outside now. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you again soon. Are you also living in South Devon?

15 Apr, 2009


I live on the Isle of Wight. Keep the olive outside from now on, but keep the lemon indoors until the nights warm up a bit more. Our climate and wet weather prevent the olive from producing fruit in this country, they grow in the really hot places across Europe. Don't know about the lemon, you could try looking on google for more ideas, if I'm ever stuck on plant care I always try there first.

16 Apr, 2009


Thank you, I think I might keep them both in my conservatory overnight and out during the day, only when it is not raining. Perhaps they like to stay dry, although in the desert, nights do get extremely cold too. I lived in Greece for about 7 years and their climate in the winter months is quite similar to ours, It can get quite cold there too. I will try and see how they mature. Thank you for your help and advice. I suppose it is just a matter of trial and error. Have a good summer. Regards Irene

16 Apr, 2009

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