Overwinter the olive tree: this way, the Mediterranean woods survive the cold months

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The olive tree can be brought as a container plant effortless through the winter. With sufficient provision, he survives the cold season even in the open without prejudice.

Olive tree hibernate - tips

Olive trees are at home in the Mediterranean and are therefore used to warm temperatures. We can not live up to these standards in Central Europe, especially in winter. But that does not mean that the olive tree in our latitude line has no chance. On the contrary. If you prepare the plant properly and protect it from the cold temperatures, you can even bring olive trees outdoors through the winter.

4 tips: Olive trees survive the cold season

Wait for the first frost

If you are cultivating your olive tree in the bucket, hibernation in the house or in another sheltered building is safest. Wait with the move to winter quarters until the first frost sets in. The plant takes no damage at low temperatures and gets rid of cold-sensitive pests. As a guideline for frost compatibility, you can orient yourself at a temperature of -7° C.

Choose bright, cool winter quarters

Place the olive tree in the brightest possible place in the house. Although lack of light is life-threatening only in extreme cases, the plant will shed all leaves if the location is too dark. Next year, the leaves will have to grow again with considerable energy expenditure.

The temperature in winter quarters should be around 10° C. Unheated corridors and conservatories, as well as cellars with large windows make for a location.

Gradually pour less

The water requirement of the olive tree in winter is not as high as during the growing season. Gradually pour less and less after moving to winter quarters. The plant has enough time to adapt to the decreasing amounts.

Bring it out early again

Bring your olive tree out into the open as soon as no frost is expected. Immediately after the sheltered hibernation, the olive tree should not be exposed to temperatures below freezing. First, avoid full sun locations. Otherwise, sunburn threatens, which is expressed in reddish to brownish discolored leaves.

Pack well outdoors

If you want to leave your olive tree outdoors in the winter, you should adhere to the following protective measures:

❶ Place the bucket on a thick slice of Styrofoam so that ground frost is difficult to penetrate from below.

❷ Wrap the bucket with jute, coconut or sisal mats. The more layers you use, the better the frost protection.

❸ Choose a sheltered location as close as possible to a heated building. The exterior walls radiate heat and thus increase the outside temperature in the immediate vicinity.

If your olive tree grows in the garden, you can wrap it directly with mats made of natural materials or protect it from the cold with air-permeable fleece. Also cover the area around the trunk with a thick layer of leaves or mulch.

Video Board: Virginia Home Grown: May 2018.

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