Olive Trees
Q.

The top of my olive topiary is losing leaves and very scrawny. What are possible causes?

Zone 91362 | fraueho added on July 31, 2018 | Answered

I have 2 topiaries in planters for about 2 years. They did fine but this year the top ball appears to be dying (leaf yellowing and loss) while the bottom ball is robust and green. No sign of bugs or fungus. One is worse than the other but both are showing the same signs.

    A.
    A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
    drtreelove
    Certified GKH Gardening Expert
    Answered on August 1, 2018

    The signs are consistent with water deficit (drought stress). I understand it's been a hot summer in SoCal. Check water needs with a soil moisture meter, don't guess.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-moisture-in-plants.htm

    00
    Was this answer useful?

    Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
    Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

    You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

    If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

    Looking for more?
    here are more questions about...
    Olive Trees
    Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

    Do you know a lot about gardening?
    Become a GKH Gardening Expert

    Learn More