Olive trees are a beautiful addition to any garden, but in order for them to grow and thrive, they need the right conditions. If you’ve never grown an olive tree before or don’t know how to do it properly, this article is going to give you all the information that you need so that your plant can live its best life possible.
We will cover everything from preparing the soil and planting your starter sapling to caring for it throughout each season until harvest time finally arrives. Once you learn how to plant olive seeds in your backyard, you’ll soon enjoy the benefits of the green stuff in your own garden!
What are The Different Olive Trees And How Do They Differ?
There are two main species of olive trees that you’re likely to find in your local nursery
This tree is an evergreen with small, dark green leaves and white flowers. It produces small fruit (less than 1cm diameter) which ripens to black or purplish color. The fruit contains one seed or pit. Typically, this type of olive tree lives longer than its counterpart and can produce oil from olive for up to 200 years!
This species has deciduous leaves, meaning that they fall off during the winter months. They also have larger flowers that are usually yellow or orange along with larger fruit (more than 1cm in diameter) which ripens to a dark purple color. The fruit contains between one and five seeds.
The Best Way on How to Plant Olive Seeds
The steps that we’re going to go over below getting the soil, planting your sapling, and caring for your tree are all equally important. If you do one, two, or even these things incorrectly, you may end up with a sickly plant. Luckily though, if you follow the guide from the beginning, those results shouldn’t be a problem!
Getting The Soil Ready
Since olive trees can grow in most soil types, you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting the right kind for your sapling. However, if you plan on seedling in an area that gets a decent amount of rainfall each year, it might be best to search around for some farmland that has well-draining soil instead. If that’s just not an option, you want to focus on making your soil light and porous.
Planting The Starter Sapling
They can grow olive trees from seeds, but it’s best to get a starter sapling from the nursery. Make sure that you choose one with a straight trunk and avoid any that have over 5 branches (we want ours to grow tall and slender like a flagpole). When you get home, let your sapling dry out for one day so that its roots don’t rot when you plant it.
Placing The Sapling in The Ground
The next thing you’re going to want to do is to dig a hole in the soil that is just big enough for the roots of your sapling. Then, place the sapling in the hole and fill it up with dirt. Make sure that there are no rocks or twigs sticking out of the soil. After this, you want to keep your tree watered for at least the first year while it establishes its roots.
Making Sure Your Tree has Enough Water
After you plant your sapling, one of the most important things to remember is that it needs a lot of water. If you live in an area where there’s very little rainfall throughout the year, this might not be as big of a problem for you, but if it gets especially dry, you want to add some extra water to the mix. Just be aware that if you live in an area where there’s a lot of rain, avoid watering too often as this can lead to root rot and other issues.
How to Care for Your Tree in Winter
Olive trees are pretty resilient overall, but they’re especially hardy during the winter months. While your tree is dormant, which lasts from November to March, you only want to water it every 2-3 weeks after that period ends. Though it’s up to your game, so you can start watering once a week if possible. If you’re looking to try out some fertilizing, this is also a great time to do it, as the tree can absorb nutrients better during this period.
Tree Pruning to Grow Tall and Slender
If you’re looking for how to treat your olive tree, pruning will play a big part in helping it achieve its desired shape. The tree will have a natural tendency to shoot out all around the trunk, so, in order to keep it tall and slender, you’ll want to cut off some branches each year.
How to Thicken Your Tree
Now, this is a rather interesting topic. There are two types of olive trees: the bush and tree type. The major difference between the two would be that a bushy one will have a lot more branches and leaves while a tree one will have fewer branches and leaves but bigger fruit at the end. If you want to treat olive trees, try to keep them busy if possible.
How to Harvest Your Olives
Once your tree has been growing for a few years, it’s finally time to harvest a decent amount of olives. You can usually do this between September and December, but it all depends on the type of tree that you have grown. If you waited to harvest, you’re going to end up with a decently sized amount. There are several ways to gather your olives, depending on your preference. One common method is to beat the tree with a stick so that it shakes and you can pick them up from the ground, but a more efficient option would be a reaper available from most garden centers.
Olive Oil Benefits And Uses
Olive oil is excellent for cooking and even benefits your skin. It comes in several grades, so make sure you know what you are using it for before picking up a bottle of the store-bought stuff. When cooking, you can use olive oil in pasta dishes, salad dressings, pesto sauce on bread, and even substitute butter.
Benefits of Olive Oil Consumption
Olive oil consumption is good for your skin, hair, and overall health because it contains several antioxidants that can reduce damage from free radicals in the body, which cause aging issues and cancer. It also provides a certain level of sunscreen protection for your skin (about 20-25 SPF) which can help prevent damage from harmful UV rays.
1. What is The Best Time of Year to Plant Olive Seeds?
It’s best to plant olive seeds in the fall when air and soil temperatures are suitable for germination. Optimal planting time in colder climates is late autumn or early winter because this allows plenty of time for roots to become established before growth slows or stops because of cold temperatures.
2. Do I Need Over One Tree for a Larger Harvest?
Two trees planted near each other will bear more fruit than two trees of the same variety at least 35 feet apart. This does not mean that planting one tree is wasteful. Planting just one tree can be a great way to start with olive oil production or grow an annual supply for personal use.
3. How Much Sun Does Aan Olive Tree Require?
Olive trees do well in many soil types but prefer well-draining loam or sandy loam. They can survive drought conditions if deep watered every month but will bear more fruit if irrigated during dry periods. Olive trees grow best when they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and are more likely to drop their fruit in shaded areas.
The key to successfully planting an olive tree is to understand the environmental factors that affect its growth and how you can take steps to optimize those conditions.
Researching what type of soil, sun exposure, wind protection, water requirements your specific variety requires will help ensure success in growing a healthy crop. For more information about these topics or anything else related to this plant, please contact our team!