Olive Tree Standard, Pruning?

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  1. HarryS

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    We have an Olive Tree standard growing in a large container, about 7 years old. The standard head has got a bit straggly, the head is about 1 metre tall and most of the growth is in the top half. Is pruning it back about this time of year advisable? If so how much? I don't want to kill the booger.

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    I dont think you will kill it @HarryS by pruning it but my thoughts are its looking a bit thin because its a bit starved.

    Its a good time to prune, assuming your not growing it for fruit.;):smile:

    I'd take most of it back by a third and either repot into a bigger container or feed pretty much at every watering during the summer.

    But that is just my opinion.;)
     
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    Cheers @pete , I'll prune it back by a third and feed it regularly. I did feed it over the past two years using special olive tree liquid feed. What freed would you recommend ?
     
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      I'd just use something like miracle grow or similar, a basic feed with trace elements.
      I alway think those specific feeds are a bit of a rip off.

      Personally, apart from a few very picky plants I find balanced and high potash feeds to be all you really need.
       
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        Thanks @pete , Miracle Grow it is then once a week for the next 6 weeks, keep it simple.
         
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