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Q.What Is The Best Soil To Pot My Olive Tree In?

Zone SA4 3EY | Anonymous added on June 18, 2024 | Answered

I’ve recently had a small new pot grown olive tree and a local nurseryman told me to pot in ericaceous compost. Since potting on into the compost the tree does not look as if it is thriving. Looks a bot droopy and has some clusters of white frothy substance on it.

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Answered on June 19, 2024

Frothy substance could be spittle bugs if your pot is outside. The soil may be too acidic. I did some research and most university publications said pot in well-drained poor to average soil. One said the soil pH can range from mildly acidic to alkaline (6.5 to 8.5), but none said to plant specifically in acidic soil. I suggest side dressing your pot with a mix of regular potting soil with perlite mixed in to increase drainage. Try to work it in a bit without disturbing the roots. Here is more:





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