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Aug 28

Olive Trees: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Green or black, stuffed or unstuffed, ground into tapenade or picked to snack on, right off the branch: When it comes to the olive, there's no wrong way to enjoy.But did you know that you can grow your own from home? With our Olive Trees, it's easy to feel like you're harvesting this Italian favorite, right under the Tuscan sun.

And the best part is that growing your own Olive Tree is easy. Simply follow our pointers to grow above and beyond...so that, by this time next year, you could be delighting in this delectable culinary favorite from your home garden.

Caring for Olive Trees

Garden Planning

First, it's important to figure out where you want your Olive Tree to live. Generally, our Olives are kept in containers indoors, allowing them to grow nearly anywhere across the country.

If you live in growing zones 8 to 11, you can plantin the ground outdoors in a full sun to partial sun area, depending on your variety (any location that receives about 4 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day). However, we do recommend potting up your Olive Trees - you can keep your Olive Trees outside on your porch or patio while the weather's warm and bring them indoors if temperatures drop. This makes growing your Olive that much easier!

Caring for Olive Trees

For indoor growth, all you need is a sunny window. Seriously - it's that simple. Your sunlight requirements are the same here, soabout 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day for yourOlive. Just place your tree in front of a window, preferably one that's south-facing, and watch the growth take off.

Planting Olive Trees

Indoor Olive Trees

Olives TreesFrom there,planting is pretty straight-forward. For your indoor tree, choose a container that's about one and a half to two times the width of your Olive's shipped container.

Keep in mind that youdon't have to transfer it right away, butOlive Trees do well in a pot with room to grow. Whatever pot you choose,make sure it has drainage holes for watering.

Outdoor Olive Trees

Outside, dig a hole that's large enough to accommodate your tree's rootball, place your tree, backfill with soil and tamp down. Then, water to settle your tree's roots. You can also mulch the surrounding soil to conserve moisture and keep away weeds - just keep the mulch away fromyour tree's trunk.

When planting outdoors,remember thatthe area you choose should have well-drained soil. In general, soil type isn't a huge component, but standing water and excessively soggy spots should be avoided.

FGT Expert Tip:Most Olive Treesareself-fertile,but if you keep your plant indoors,hand pollinationcan help. Also, two or more trees meanbigger harvests for you!