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Growing Strawberries: When Should You Plant Them?

If you’ve ever wanted to grow strawberries in your garden, then you’re in the right place! In this blog, we’ll go over all the details of when and how to plant your strawberry plants to make sure they grow big delicious berries. We will discuss the few different ways you can grow your strawberries to get that sweet flavor. Also we list a few strawberry varieties that you might consider growing. Last, but certainly not least we will detail out some of the nutritional benefits of strawberries, so hang and read on. I promise it won’t take too long. You will be glad you did.

Why choose to grow Strawberries?

Strawberries are a delicious fruit that can be enjoyed fresh, in jams and jellies, or in pies and other desserts. But before we can get to that point we actually need to plant and take care them so that they will fruit to give you that classic strawberry flavor.

Yes, strawberries are relatively easy to grow, and they can be planted at different times throughout the year, depending on your climate. In warmer climates, you can plant strawberries in late winter or early spring. In cooler climates, it’s best to wait until late spring or early summer. Whether you start with bare root plants or young strawberry plants will also determine how difficult it will be to grow.

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12 of the Best Types of Fruit Trees to Plant in Central Florida

Central Florida is a great place to grow fruit trees. The warm winters and hot summers of this USDA zone 9 tropical climate mean year-round growing for gardeners. While there are many wonderful fruits that can grow in Florida, we’ve selected the very best for the home gardener. We have included some popular varieties, as well as a few special delicacies you may never have heard of!

7 of the Best Types of Fruit Trees to Plant in Central Florida

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Can You Grow Citrus Trees From Cuttings?

Imagine a world where the tangy freshness of lemons and limes is a staple in every kitchen. As it turns out, that world is not far from reality. In 2021, we witnessed the global production of these zesty fruits reach an astonishing 20.83 million metric tons. This impressive figure signifies a slight increase from the previous year’s yield of 20.46 million metric tons and underlines the escalating demand for lemons and limes worldwide. A remarkable accomplishment, to say the least, this achievement draws attention to the importance of citrus cultivation and the unceasing allure of these vibrant fruits.

I still remember the first time I tasted a lemon plucked fresh from a tree. The zest’s tangy aroma filled the air, and the sour yet refreshing taste tingled my tastebuds. This experience and my love for gardening compelled me to delve into the world of citrus propagation, particularly focusing on lemon trees. Let me share with you what I’ve learned along this fruitful journey.

Imagine biting into a plump, juicy lemon that you’ve grown yourself. The bright, citrusy aroma fills the air, making your garden feel more alive. Propagating your own lemon tree can make this dream a reality. You might think growing a Meyer lemon tree means planting a seed and waiting years to see any fruit. But there’s a better way – propagation! It’s an efficient method that speeds up the process and offers several other advantages.

Benefits of Propagating a Lemon Tree 

Growing your own lemon tree is a delightful experience, but what if I told you there’s a more efficient way than planting a seed and waiting for nature to take its course? Welcome to the world of propagation! This technique, while sounding scientific, is a simple yet fascinating way to multiply your beloved citrus trees. 

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner, understanding the benefits of propagating citrus fruit trees from cuttings can add a new dimension to your gardening journey. From saving time to preserving heirloom varieties, let’s dive into why you should consider propagation for your next citrus endeavor.

Growing a tree from seed takes too long

One of the most significant advantages of propagating a lemon tree is its shortened timeframe compared to growing from seed. While planting a seed and watching it germinate and grow might seem like a fulfilling endeavor, it’s a time-consuming process. A seed-grown lemon tree can take up to 15 years to produce fruit, which can test even the most patient gardener.

In contrast, a propagated lemon tree can start producing fruit in as little as 3 to 6 years, allowing you to enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) much quicker. It’s appealing, especially for those of us who dream of sipping homemade lemonade on hot early summer days without waiting more than a decade.

Growing from seed introduces genetic uncertainty

When you grow a lemon tree from a seed, the resulting tree is genetically different from the parent plant. This genetic variation means that the fruit’s taste, size, and yield could be vastly different and unpredictable. You may even end up with a tree that produces less palatable or fewer fruits than you anticipated.

On the other hand, propagating a lemon tree guarantees that the resulting tree is a genetic clone of the parent tree. This method ensures that you will get the same delicious, juicy lemons that you initially fell in love with. So if you have a favorite lemon tree, propagation is the way to replicate it faithfully.

Grafting allows the tree to take on desirable qualities from a specific rootstock

Grafting is a remarkable technique that allows you to combine the best qualities of two different trees. The rootstock contributes characteristics like disease resistance, drought tolerance, and overall hardiness to the grafted trees. On the other hand, the scion (the grafted part) dictates the type and quality of the fruit.

In this way, you can create a lemon tree that produces high-quality lemons and withstand various environmental stressors. You essentially get the best of both worlds – a tree that’s as sturdy as it is productive.

Propagating allows you to preserve old varieties

Older, heirloom varieties of lemon trees can offer unique flavors and qualities not found in newer commercial types. However, these older varieties are often less resistant to diseases and pests, making them more difficult to maintain and less common in modern gardens.

Propagating these older varieties allows us to preserve their unique traits while boosting their resilience by grafting them onto robust rootstocks. This method helps to keep these old, cherished varieties alive, adding to the biodiversity and richness of our gardens and orchards.

Grafting allows you to grow multiple citrus varieties on one tree

Ever dreamed of a tree that gives you lemons, oranges, and grapefruits, all at once? Grafting makes this possible. With this technique, you can grow multiple citrus varieties on a single tree. It’s like having a citrus orchard in the space of one tree!

This “fruit salad” tree can provide a variety of fruits for your household, reducing the space required for growing different fruit trees. This method is a game-changer for small gardens and anyone who loves variety in their citrus fruits. Not to mention, it’s a fantastic talking point when you have guests over!

How to Propagate a Lemon Tree: Top 3 Methods

There are several ways to propagate a lemon tree, but I will focus on the three methods I’ve found to be most successful: grafting, rooting, cutting, and air layering.

1. Grafting a Citrus Tree (T-Bud)

Grafting is a technique where you join a shoot (the scion) from a mature tree to the rootstock of a young seedling. The T-bud method, in particular, is well-suited for citrus trees like the lemon tree.

Supplies:

For this method, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • A mature citrus tree (for the bud)
  • A young citrus seedling (for the rootstock)
  • A sharp grafting knife
  • Grafting tape or wax

Directions:

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to perform T-bud grafting:

  1. Identify a bud on the mature citrus tree and cut it out using a sharp grafting knife, ensuring the shield of the bud is intact.
  2. Make a T-shaped cut on the stem of the seedling, about 15-30cm above the soil level.
  3. Carefully lift the flaps of the ‘T’ and insert the cut-out bud.
  4. Wrap the grafted area securely with grafting tape or seal it with grafting wax to protect it.
  5. After a few weeks, the bud should begin to grow into a shoot, becoming a part of the new tree.

2. Root a Lemon Tree Cutting

Rooting lemon tree cuttings involve growing a new tree from a branch cut off a mature tree.

Supplies:

For this method, you’ll need:

  • A mature lemon tree
  • A sharp knife or pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • A pot with well-draining soil

Directions:

Follow these steps to successfully root a citrus cutting:

  1. Choose a healthy branch from your mature lemon tree and cut a 6-8 inch long piece from it.
  2. Strip off the leaves from the lower half of the cutting and apply rooting hormone to the cut end.
  3. Plant the cutting in a pot with well-draining soil, ensuring the hormone-covered end is well buried.
  4. Place the pot in a sunny location, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. In a few weeks, the cutting should develop roots and start growing.

3. Air Layering a Citrus Tree

Air layering is another propagation method that encourages a branch to form roots while still attached to the parent plant.

Supplies:

For air layering, you’ll need:

  • A healthy lemon tree
  • A sharp knife
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Plastic wrap
  • Twist ties

Directions:

Here’s how to perform air layering:

  1. Choose a healthy branch on your lemon tree. Make an upward 1-2 inch cut about halfway through the branch.
  2. Insert a small piece of wood or a toothpick into the cut to keep it open, stimulating root growth.
  3. Soak sphagnum moss in water, squeeze out the excess water, then wrap it around the cut area.
  4. Cover the moss with plastic wrap and secure it with twist ties at both ends.
  5. Over the next few months, the branch should develop roots within the moss. Once a healthy root system has developed, you can cut the branch off below the roots and plant it in a pot with well-draining soil.

Post-Propagation Care for Lemon Trees

Caring for a lemon tree after propagation is crucial to its growth and development. You need to pay attention to several factors to ensure that your lemon tree flourishes and eventually bears fruit.

Adequate Watering

The key to watering lemon trees is achieving balance. These citrus beauties require consistent moisture but can be easily damaged by overly soggy soil. Deep watering that reaches the root level is recommended, as it encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil, thereby improving their capacity to access nutrients. However, it’s equally important to let the top few inches of the soil dry out between waterings to prevent root rot.

After propagation, your lemon tree is at a delicate stage. So, monitor the tree’s response to watering. If the leaves are wilting even after watering, you might need to increase the frequency. You may water too much if the leaves turn yellow or fall off. Adapting your watering schedule to your tree’s needs is essential to post-propagation care.

Ensuring Optimal Sunlight

Sunlight is a significant contributor to your lemon tree’s health. Meyer lemon trees are sun lovers and require a minimum of six hours of sunlight each day. If the tree is indoors, ensure it’s placed near a south-facing window for ample sunlight.

For outdoor trees, choose a spot in your garden where the tree can bask in the sun for most of the day. Keep in mind that while lemon trees love sunlight, young trees can be sensitive to intense direct sunlight. Therefore, ensure your tree has some protection during the hottest part of the day, especially in the first few months after propagation.

Fertilizing

Fertilization is another vital aspect of lemon tree care post-propagation. Lemon trees, especially young ones, thrive on a good-quality, balanced citrus fertilizer rich in essential nutrients. During the growing season, which is usually spring through fall, regular fertilization can help boost growth.

However, young lemon trees can be sensitive to over-fertilization. In the first year, be careful not to overdo it, as too much fertilizer can cause root burn or excessive leaf growth at the expense of fruit production. Gradually increase the amount of fertilizer as the tree matures, and its nutrient needs increase.

Pruning

During the first year of propagation, pruning should be minimal. Let your lemon tree focus on developing a strong root system and foliage. However, routine pruning can help maintain the tree’s shape, health, and fruit yield after the first year.

Pruning removes dead, damaged, or crowded branches that may hinder sunlight penetration or airflow. Always prune in late winter or early spring before the new growth starts, and make sure your pruning tools are clean and sharp to avoid causing any damage to the tree. Pruning can stimulate new growth and encourage more abundant fruit production in the upcoming season.

Pest and Disease Control

Pests and diseases can pose significant threats to your lemon tree. Common culprits include aphids, scales, and citrus leaf miners. Regular inspection of your tree can help catch these issues early, and the appropriate treatments can be applied.

Organic or chemical treatments can be used depending on the severity of the infestation. Maintaining cleanliness around the tree can also prevent the spread of diseases. Remove fallen leaves and debris regularly. If your tree falls victim to a disease, isolate it from other citrus plants to prevent it from spreading.

Winter Care

Winter care is particularly important if you live in a region that experiences freezing temperatures. Lemon trees are not frost-hardy and need protection during the colder months. If you have a potted tree, consider bringing it indoors before the first frost hits.

If your lemon tree is planted in the ground, use frost cloths or even Christmas lights to provide warmth on freezing nights. Remember that even during winter, your lemon tree will still need good light exposure, so place indoor trees near a window that receives plenty of light.

Yellowing Leaves

Yellowing leaves can be an indication of several issues, such as overwatering, nutrient deficiency, or disease. The cause needs to be identified before treatment can be administered. If overwatering is the problem, allow the soil to dry out before the next watering.

Nutrient deficiencies, on the other hand, can be treated by adjusting your fertilization schedule. A balanced citrus fertilizer can help remedy deficiencies and restore the leaves’ vibrant green color. If disease is the cause, proper identification is key to determining the best course of treatment.

Poor Fruit Production

If your lemon tree is not producing fruit or only produces a small amount, it might be due to inadequate sunlight, nutrient deficiency, or poor pollination. Ensure your tree is receiving at least six hours of sunlight each day.

Use a high-potassium fertilizer during the fruiting season; if the tree is indoors, you can assist in pollination. Use a small paintbrush to transfer pollen from the stamen (the male part of the flower) to the pistil (the female part of the flower). This can help increase your tree’s fruit yield.

Final Words on Propagating Lemon Trees

Citrus trees are an enriching addition to any garden, and there’s a particular joy in watching a tree you’ve propagated yourself bear fruit. Propagation might seem daunting, but with a little patience and care, you can multiply your citrus trees and fill your garden with bright, juicy lemons. So, why not give it a try? Trust me, there’s nothing like a homemade lemonade from lemon trees grown yourself. And as you succeed, your bond with nature will deepen, and your gardening skills will blossom. Happy gardening!

How Long Does It Take for an Avocado Tree to Bear Fruit?

An avocado tree is easy to grow and makes for a beautiful house plant when first starting out. But the best part is the fruit they bear–the avocados themselves! So how long will it take for your avocado tree to bear fruit? Well, that depends on where you are starting from.

Growing Pomegranate Trees

The origins of the Pomegranate can be traced to the middle east, most believe in modern day Iran.  They were grown widely in most of the middle east, which makes sense since they tend to do better in drier climates. Both ancient romans & greeks grew and ate pomegranate. Greek knew it as the fruit of the dead. Ancient Egyptians ascribed prosperity and ambition to the humble pomegranate. They are mentioned in Greek, Hebrew, and Until recently they were were only available seasonally in the US. Some farmers have been growing them in California with good success. Making them available in more stores for longer than in the past.  

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Growing Apple Trees in Florida

The first stage involved finding and preparing a good spot for the trees to grow; good sun, proper soil preparation and a water source. I had a great spot picked out that would give them all the sun they need and room to grow.

Growing Loquat

Loquat is a fruit that grows on a tree, it has been known to be grown in Japan dating back to 1000 AD. In the US it has been primarily been used as a landscape plant. Loquat grows well in many soils and in adaptable to a variety of climates.

Growing Blackberries

Mexico is the largest grower of blackberries in the world, Orgegon being the largest producing state in the US. World production of blackberries exceeds 170,000 tons, with about 15K of that being picked from wide blackberry plants.

How do you grow olives at home?

Olives have a long and storied history going back thousands of years. It was a staple crop in the Middle East, and during the Roman era, they brought it to far corners of the empire. It was eaten as a hand fruit and processed into oil. Olive oil was even used as a commodity currency since it was desired by many and stored very well.

Its one downfall is, of course, weight. It is very heavy to store and carry around, especially in clay pots, adding to the already heavy weight. Literature also has a special place for the olive tree. It was mentioned in the Old and New Testaments of the bible 30 times. But most notably, it is tied closely to the Greek people.

Many of the most-known Greek stories mention the olive and the tree with reverence. It is said that the first Olive tree grew in Athens, where it grew for over 200 years. Maybe a part of me has absorbed part of the cultural significance or maybe the historical importance the olive has played, but it is undoubtedly one of my favorite foods in either form. 

how do olives grow

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I have for a very long time wanted to grow my own olive trees. Oddly enough, when looking up some information on olive trees, two questions came up that I found somewhat strange. If someone stumbles across my blog because you looked up one of these questions, let me answer them.

Yes, olives grow on trees, not vines. And yes, an olive is a fruit and not a vegetable. I guess it is not a very popular tree to grow in America, so I assume its familiarity is low. However, in more recent years, olive groves have become more popular in both Texas and California. It is also very commonly used in landscapes due to its visual appeal.

I have bought a couple of what I hope will be many olive trees in years. Most varieties of olive trees do not fruit in Florida, but the arbequina variety does. Many aspects of the tree make it well-suited to Florida. It requires a lot of sun and well-drained soil and is drought-tolerant once established. All of these conditions are present in Florida. When I bought it, it already was producing olives, and it took both the cold and being transplanted fairly well. One thing I didn’t do but probably should have is wean it more slowly off regular watering. It came from a nursery where it was used to a steady water diet. 

As with many fruits and vegetables I am planting, I am figuring out much of what I do as I go. Trial and error is usually the best teacher. Of course, mixing in a bunch of reading and information gathering doesn’t hurt either. But what I want to try and test is its endurance to lower water consumption.

So far, it is holding us well; in the last few weeks, it has started to flush out with new growth. We have received rain several days in the last couple of weeks, which has helped it to also start budding. Given the shock I gave it and its new environment, my first year should be a low-production year. I hope that after it is well established, the production will reach a higher level. I plan to try propagating it later this year, though adding irrigation beforehand will be on my to-do list. 

About Olive Trees

  • Scientific Name: Olea europaea
  • Alternate Names: Continental olive, traditional olive
  • Nature of the Plant: Evergreen tree, either producing fruits or not
  • Growing Zones: Generally 8-11, but some varieties can thrive in zone 7. Established trees, once adopted, can show better resistance to cold.
  • Environmental Preferences: Olive trees favor locations with warm, dry summer seasons and gentle, chilly winters. Fruit production requires a dormant phase with cool conditions, ideally between 40° F to 50° F. Yet, extreme winter cold (below 20° F) may harm or even destroy an unguarded tree.
  • Sunlight Needs: Direct sunlight
  • Dimensions: Stands 15 to 30 feet in height; dwarf types range 6 to 8 feet
  • Expansion Speed: Gradual, growing approximately 1 to 2 feet annually
  • Blossoms: In spring, tiny flowers of pale white and yellow hues emerge.
  • Leaves: The leaves are lanceolate in shape, showcasing a grayish-green top and a paler silver-gray beneath.
  • Fruits: Most fruits transition from green to a dark purple shade upon maturing, with significant differences in dimensions, oil percentage, and taste. Some olive trees bloom but yield minimal fruit.
  • Life Expectancy: Often surpasses 150 years, with some trees known to live beyond 1,000 years.

Everything About Planting Olive Trees

With their rich history and numerous benefits, olive trees are becoming increasingly popular among gardeners and farmers. Whether you’re hoping to enjoy their silvery foliage or harvest their delicious fruit, understanding the essentials of planting these trees can make all the difference in their growth and productivity.

When to plant

Spring is undoubtedly the optimal season for planting olive trees, ideally once the looming threat of frost has dissipated. This ensures the young saplings are safeguarded from the chilling effects of winter during their initial stages. The vulnerability of these young trees to frost is quite pronounced during their first winter, making them susceptible to damage.

If you are contemplating a fall planting, it’s pivotal to ascertain you’re situated in a locale where winter temperatures seldom drop below 30° F. Conversely, the scorching heat of summer can be just as detrimental. Excessive heat can cause undue stress and hamper the tree’s growth, so waiting for milder temperatures is advisable.

How to plant

When preparing to plant, digging a hole roughly equivalent in width to the tree’s root ball is crucial but slightly less deep. This positioning ensures that the topmost section of the root ball remains marginally above the ground’s surface. It’s a common misconception that adding compost or organic matter will aid the tree’s growth.

On the contrary, the nascent olive tree must familiarize and adapt to its native soil. This acclimatization fosters robust root development, laying a solid foundation for the tree’s future growth and health.

Pollination

Interestingly, most olive trees come equipped with the ability to self-fertilize. This is because they host both male and female flowers on the same plant. However, there’s a strategic advantage to planting another variety of olive trees nearby. Introducing an alternative variety in close vicinity can substantially augment fruit production.

The rationale is that cross-pollination between diverse varieties frequently culminates in heightened yields. So, while your primary olive tree might very well be capable of self-pollination, incorporating another variety into the mix can be a game-changer in maximizing your harvest and ensuring a consistent crop yield.

Taking Care of Olive Trees

Olives are a popular choice for many gardeners, not only for their delicious fruit but also for their aesthetic appeal. Native to the Mediterranean region, these trees have a rich history and have been cultivated for thousands of years. If you’re considering adding an olive tree to your garden or are already a proud owner, here’s a guide on ensuring your tree thrives.

Watering

Young olive trees are renowned for their drought resistance. However, consistent watering during the growth period is essential to optimize flowering and fruit production, especially in hotter and drier climates.

  • Spring and Summer: Newly planted trees require deep watering two to three times weekly. Using a soaker hose or a drip irrigation system can be particularly effective. Once the tree matures (around 5-7 years), the frequency can be reduced to once every few weeks, letting the soil dry between waterings.
  • Fall and Winter: These seasons generally require minimal watering. Depending on the rainfall, you might not need to provide additional water at all.

Soil

Olive trees aren’t overly picky about soil, but proper drainage is paramount. It’s advisable to avoid planting them in heavy clay soils. Instead, opt for a well-drained soil that allows the tree’s roots to breathe.

Amendments & Fertilizer

Despite being relatively low-maintenance, olive trees, particularly in nutrient-poor soils, can benefit from occasional fertilization. However, it’s crucial not to over-fertilize, as excessively fertile soils can hamper fruit production. Using a balanced fertilizer with a nitrogen content of at least 10% can be beneficial. For moisture retention and weed control, apply an organic mulch layer around the tree, ensuring it’s a few inches away from the trunk.

Pruning

Pruning plays a dual role for olive trees: enhancing fruit production and improving the tree’s appearance. The approach you adopt will depend on your primary objective. Strategic pruning is necessary to shape young trees, guide their growth, or rejuvenate older ones. For mature trees, selective pruning aids fruit development and simplifies harvesting. Always ensure the removal of dead or diseased branches and any suckers at the tree’s base. Remember, olive trees bear fruit on the previous year’s branches, so only prune lightly if you aim to harvest fruit.

Harvesting

The harvesting period for olives varies based on their intended use. Olives can be picked while still green or once they fully ripen in late fall. Freshly harvested olives, even ripe ones, possess a natural bitterness and need curing—either through brining or sun-drying. Olive trees, similar to apple trees, have alternate bearing years. Thus, expect varying yields year on year. New olive trees might take 4-5 years to bear substantial fruit.

Diseases and Pests

Several diseases and pests can affect olive trees, with verticillium wilt, olive knot, black scale, and the notorious olive fruit fly being the most prevalent. The olive fruit fly is especially harmful, as it can decimate an entire crop by laying its eggs beneath the fruit’s skin. Resources from institutions like the University of California Agriculture can be invaluable for comprehensive information on tackling the olive fruit fly.

How Do You Grow Olive Trees at Home?

I reside in a region where winters can be quite harsh, making it impossible for olive trees to thrive outside all year round. So, I explored the option of nurturing them indoors in containers. It’s worth noting that while this method is effective, the chances of the tree producing fruit indoors might be slim. Based on my experiences, here are some recommendations for successfully cultivating an olive tree indoors:

  • Identify a location that offers a minimum of 6 hours of daily sunlight. I often use a window facing south for optimal light exposure. Given olive trees’ Mediterranean origins, they’re accustomed to drier climates, negating the need for added humidity in most indoor settings.
  • Opt for a compact variety of olive trees that won’t exceed a height of 6 feet. Feel free to prune your tree to manage its height if you find it growing taller. Alternatively, consider raising it as a bonsai for a unique touch.
  • When planting, select a spacious pot with efficient drainage capabilities. I’ve found that potting mixes designed for cacti ensure swift drainage, which is vital for the tree’s well-being.
  • I’ve always advocated for feeding the tree judiciously. I use a gradual-release fertilizer biannually, typically at the start of spring and then again in mid-summer.
  • Once winter subsides and frosty mornings become a thing of the past, you might be eager to reintroduce your tree to the outdoors. I’d advise patience. Allow your tree to acclimatize slowly, increasing its exposure to direct sunlight incrementally.

FAQs

Where do olive trees grow best?

Olives like warmth, typically warm and on the drier. They will do okay in temps down to 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Any place where there are mild winters and longer warm summers. Of course, all the traditional places where we know them to be from meet all the conditions they need: Southern Italy, France, Spain, and areas of Northern Africa and the Middle East. These places have the perfect temperature to grow many varieties of olive trees. In America, that would mean the best places in the US are in Zones 9 & 10. Some varieties will do okay in Zone 8 and humid climates like in Florida. 

What soil do I need to plant an olive tree?

Olive trees like sun, lots of it, at least 6 hrs per day with full sun being the preferred. Many assume that because the areas in which they were traditionally grown are dry, Olive Trees don’t need or like lots of water. That isn’t true. If you ensure they get a healthy dose of watering, olive trees produce fruit faster and far more. They thrive in soil that drains well and is nutrient-rich. They do not do well in areas where water collects and keeps the ground wet. This could have harmful effects on their root system and introduce disease. If you are only looking at them for landscaping, they will do okay with less frequent watering, and they stand up well as a trouble-free ornamental. 

How long do olive trees take to grow?

As long as you provide them with lots of sun, water, and well-drained soil, they can live virtually forever. I mean it; there are olive trees alive today that still produce that can be traced back over 2000 years ago. There are at least 7 such trees that have been identified in Crete. There is no worry that your Olive tree will die and need to be replaced in your yard soon if it is taken care of. 

How much space does an olive tree need?

As with many trees, Olive trees need lots of space to grow. Most grow to between 15 and 30 feet tall and have limbs and branches spread out 20 feet. Based on this alone, you wouldn’t see them growing into each other’s branches. Like many trees, olive trees do better if they have space within them and around them so rain and moisture can evaporate. Having them overlap with any other tree could create areas where moisture would be trapped, and fungus and other undesirable things grow and harm your Olive Tree. The other consideration is root growth. They spread underground quite far, typically 30 feet, to grab nutrients and water. So, keeping them 30 feet from other trees will help them absorb nutrients and rain without competition and grow more trouble-free.

Final Words: Growing an Olive Tree

Olives are delicious to eat, albeit with some processing. They are reasonably easy to grow in many areas in the US and make for a stunning ornamental addition to any landscape. If you never decide to do anything with the olives your tree grows, you and your landscape will be well served with one of these ancient trees working in your landscape. 

Reflecting on my journey with olive trees, it’s been nothing short of enlightening. From the very inception of planting the sapling to watching it stretch and grow, each phase has been an experience brimming with learning and occasional challenges.

I’ve come to appreciate the delicate balance of elements these Mediterranean beauties demand to flourish. While cultivating olives may initially seem daunting, the rewards—scenic beauty and tangible fruit—are profound. For those pondering whether to embark on their olive-growing odyssey, I’d say: dive in.

With a dash of patience and a sprinkle of care, the journey with these ancient trees can be as enriching as their storied history within their gnarled trunks and silver leaves. The story of how olives grow isn’t just botanical; it’s a tale of passion, perseverance, and the pleasure of witnessing nature’s marvels firsthand.