How to prune an olive tree in a pot

If you own a potted olive tree or are considering getting one, it’s important to be aware of the differing care requirements compared to trees planted in the ground. Pruning is one such requirement, with pot-planted trees preferring a slightly different approach.

In this handy guide, we’re going to take a closer look at these differences; how often will you need to prune your tree, and how should you do it? Read on to find out!

How often should I prune my tree?

Olive trees planted in the ground tend to be happy with a more comprehensive prune every other year; you’ll only need to trim your tree more regularly if you’re particular about its appearance.

Potted trees, however, should be pruned more regularly. Generally, it’s a good idea to prune your potted tree once a year.

When should I prune it?

The best time to prune a potted olive tree is in late winter to early spring (January to March). This is because the tree is dormant at this time of year; if you prune it too early and the tree is still growing, you could damage the tree. Likewise, if you prune it too late in the year you’ll compromise its growth, negating much of the benefit of pruning it in the first place.

How should I prune it?

Pruning is an important part of maintaining an olive tree’s health. When performed correctly, pruning can encourage further growth, improve fruit production and generally safeguard the health of your tree.

When pruning a potted olive tree, start by removing any dead or diseased branches. You can then begin to work on shaping the tree, removing awkward-looking branches to allow plenty of sunlight to reach the middle of the tree.

Need further advice?

We have a wide range of potted trees, including potted specimens and potted topiary. Need a little assistance or have further questions about pruning your potted olive? Get in touch with the team at Olive Grove Oundle today.

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