The Secret to Thriving Olive Trees in the UK summer| Blog

The Secret to Thriving Olive Trees in the UK summer

Are you dreaming of a Mediterranean paradise in your garden? With the right care and attention, olive trees can thrive even in the unpredictable climate of the UK!  Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a newcomer to olive trees, mastering the art of nurturing these trees can lead to a lush oasis in your garden. Let’s delve into the secrets of ensuring summer success for your olive tree with expert advice.

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Choosing the Right Variety

Selecting the right olive tree variety is crucial for success in the UK. Try choosing cold-hardy varieties such as ArbequinaLeccino, or Cipressino, which can withstand the cooler temperatures and shorter growing seasons of British summers. These varieties are more likely to produce fruit and endure the UK’s climate fluctuations.

Optimal Sunlight and Soil Conditions

Olive trees thrive in sunny and well-drained soil conditions. Choose a sunny spot in your garden with at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Ensure the soil is well-drained to prevent waterlogging, which can be detrimental to olive tree health. Either sandy or soil with good drainage is ideal for root development and overall growth.

Watering Wisely

While olive trees are drought-tolerant once established, watering is crucial, especially during the summer months. Try to maintain consistent moisture levels in the soil without overwatering. So, water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. A drip irrigation system or soaker hose can help deliver water directly to the roots, promoting healthy growth.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning is essential for shaping olive trees, promoting air circulation, and removing dead or diseased branches. Olive trees are best pruned during late spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Also, try to avoid heavy pruning during the growing season, as it may stress the tree and inhibit fruit production. Additionally, be vigilant for pests and diseases, addressing any issues quickly to maintain tree health.


Your tree will need a feed particularly if they are in a pot. Where else are they going to get nutrients from?
We have created a slow release fertiliser for year long vigour, we also give them a tomato feed once a month from March till October.

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Feeding your plants is an essential part of keeping Olive trees happy.

With a little expert guidance and care, you’ll soon discover the joy of growing thriving olive trees right in your UK garden. And by choosing the perfect variety and setting up the ideal growing conditions, you’ll transform your outdoor space into a lush Mediterranean haven. 

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