Growing Tips for Olive Trees
by Mary Van Keuren | Gardener (30+ Years Experience) – last update on December 2, 2021
If your olive tree was grown in a greenhouse, acclimate it to your environment by placing it in a sheltered spot outside. Leave it there for three to four hours the first day, then increase the time it’s outside each day by one or two hours. After six to ten days, the sapling should be acclimated enough to stay outside full time.
Plant your olive tree in a sunny spot (at least six to eight hours of sun daily) with fertile soil that drains well. If your soil is clay-heavy, add peat moss to it when you plant. Site your olive trees 20 feet apart from each other.
The planting hole should be bigger than the container. Tease out the tree’s roots if they are circling. Place the tree in the hole slightly higher than grade and backfill with peat-enhanced soil. Do not add fertilizer now. Water your new tree regularly until it’s established.
Don’t stake your tree unless it flops over — it’s better to prune back the unruly branches. Pull any weeds that come up within three feet of the trunk. Fabric mulch can help, but don’t let it touch the tree trunk itself.