Where to grow your Olive Tree

Where to grow your Olive Tree?

Twisted Olive growing in a pot

Twisted Olive growing in a pot

Your Olive Tree will respond best in a sheltered sunny spot, but this does not mean that you will be unable to grow it elsewhere in your garden.

The most important thing to remember when planting your Olive Tree is to avoid planting it in a waterlogged position. Cold, wet ground in the winter is the cause of nearly all problems with Olive Trees.

So choose a free draining spot or simply plant it in a pot!

When planting your Olive Tree out in the garden ensure the soil is free draining, adding grit is a simple way to ensure good drainage.

Olives are very happy in pots as they are drought hardy and have very small root systems. This will also enable you to move your tree around your garden and if a truly cold winter threatens put it in a shed or garage.

To keep your Olive in the same pot, the tip is to top dress the soil. We recommend John Innes No. 3 compost to do this.

More Information

History of Olive Trees
How hardy is an Olive Tree?
Feeding Your Olive Tree
Pruning your Olive Tree
Pests and Diseases