Our tea olives were frost bitten his winter. What should I do to make them look better? Their leaves are faded and new blooms are frost bitten.
Here are some excellent articles on how to save cold/frost damaged plants:
For more information on the care of tea olives, please visit the following link:
I live in Georgia. Should I deadhead my tea olives and will they continue to bloom throughout the summer? They are very established plants. Thank you so much for your help!
Dead heading the plant will help in continued blooming.
Blooming period should be June through October.
I live borderline in Zone 8 and 9 in NC. My tea olives do not look healthy this year. We had some very cold weather for approx 2 weeks straight and I thought this might be the reason. They are 5 years old and have never looked dull and dry at this time of year. What could my problem be?
This could definitely be due to the excessive cold weather. After it warms up some, you can take off any dead growth and the plant will, then, make new growth.
Here is an article for the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/osmanthus/tea-olive-cultivation.htm
Ii planted recently a tea olive which I live on the end of my porch for privacy. After 3 weeks I pulled it up. I planted it just next to the sewer cleanout pipe. I had read so many things bout not planting anything near pipes. Since the tea olive can grow up to several feet high (only preferred 8 - 10 feet I was afraid roots would grow into the line. I cannot find any info about how aggressive these roots are. Any input or advice?
A Tea Olive does not have a large or invasive root system.
We live in the Inner Banks of North Carolina and this year have had several prolonged cold snaps. Two years ago we planted what we hoped would be a hedge of seven plants and they were doing very well until these cold spurts. All the leaves have fallen off, as we are worried they might not survive. Can you advise? Thank you, Susan Crawford New Bern, NC
Unfortunately, they are not hardy to cold temperatures. It can help to cover them with burlap or canvas during the coldest times. You can only hope for a recovery, as there would not be much to do aside from covering them during the extreme periods of cold.
Here is an article for more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/osmanthus/tea-olive-cultivation.htm
I live in southeast Georgia. What is the best time of year to plant a tea olive tree? and is there anything I can do to prepare the soil to assure the tree will get a good start?
As long as you live within zone 8 or above, which you should be in Southeaster GA, then you can plant these in mid to late Spring, after any threat of cold weather. You can plant in early Autumn, but that can lead to a failed transplant if it gets too chilly too fast.
They are tolerant of many soil types, so it isn't really all that important, unless a soil test tells you that you are lacking in nutrients.
This article will help you care for these trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/osmanthus/tea-olive-cultivation.htm
Can a tea olive be planted in a container on deck in full sun? If so how deep should soil be in planter? I can build a taller planter box if need.
Generally, the container will increase, slightly, in size with the shrub as it grows. I would plant them into a container that is a few inches larger on each side each time it outgrows the one that it is in. Once it gets close to a 10 gallon container in size, you can plant them into a container of about 15 to 20 gallons per shrub. I would opt for a depth of at least 12 inches or so for these full sun shrubs.