To Prune or not to Prune, Olive tree

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  1. HarryS

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    I have a standard Olive tree. This was looking very sad, but following @pete advice I have fed it every week for the last 2 months. It has had a spurt of life and looks healthy, but growth is top heavy. I pruned the top third away in early spring. I am now getting some growth from the top of the trunk. Would it be OK to now prune back once again by 50% of the tree head, to try and get a lollipop shape?

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    I would Harry, start trimming it, or just pinching out to get it more bushy.
     
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    NO, sorry Pete, I'd re pot it into a bigger pot, Olives would have flowered or about to flower about now, they don't need anymore stress, prune in the autumn.
     
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      It wont flower because it was cut back, mine never flowers, or rarely because I prune it to stop it getting too big, it reached 10ft last summer.:biggrin:
       
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        Cheers @Vince & @pete .I do hope one of you is right, as I just pruned it back by about a third this afternoon :) I can't really repot it as it's in the biggest pot I want these days. I think the advised regular small feed regime is working. I'll keep that going until early autumn, and hopefully it should really buck up again next year :blue thumb:
         
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          I have Olive fruits forming on my plants, they were pruned last autumn but I did get a "heads up" from a greek grower!
           
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          It will be 'Nobler in the mind' to take above advice. A larger pot for sure. Possibly tea.

          Vince that is extremely fortunate. I was given one years ago but it passed away.. I apportioned blame to the chilly Winters here.
           
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