How to Grow an Olive Tree in a Container

Olive trees add a Mediterranean touch to any dwelling. You don’t need to live in Southern Europe or California to enjoy the leather and gray-green leaves of olive trees. You do not need to own a garden to easily grow olive trees on your balcony or indoors.

Most nurseries offer potted olive trees for sale. After a year, you will need to replant the olive tree because its roots start to become crowded in a normal container. To make your olive tree comfortable, I suggest you buy a large earthenware pot with a drainage hole at the bottom to quickly drain the potting soil and balanced houseplant fertilizer on the same day.

Find a location for your olive tree near the sun facing south window. Your olive tree needs 6 hours of direct sunlight every day to grow. The pot should not be placed near the radiator or vent. It should also be considered that if the plants are placed close to the window, they can act as a magnifying glass and “burn” the olive tree.

After finding a suitable location for your olive tree, you need to transplant the tree into a pot. I recommend that you place the terracotta flower pots first, then bring the soil and trees to the pots, and then work in the pots, because once the pots are filled with soil, the relocation can be heavy.

First fill the terracotta pot half-filled with the clay mixture.

Then wet the filling material.

In order to remove the olive tree without damaging the roots of the original container, you must grasp the edges and turn the pot upside down.

Tap the pot lightly with your heel.

The olive tree will slide out.

Pick up the tree and loosen the side of the root ball with your thumb.

Place the root ball of the olive tree so that it is about 1 inch below the rim of the pot.

Then pour the rest of the soil mixture into the pot.

Fix the soil around the olive tree.

Then water thoroughly.

You will put your fingers in the soil mixture and know when to water the olive tree. If it feels dry 1 inch below the surface, water well. In the colder seasons, olive trees will rest naturally, so you will need to reduce watering in autumn and winter. But make sure that the soil is never completely dry! In winter, you only need to fertilize once a month, and in summer, fertilize once every two weeks.

You can trim the tips of branches in the spring to promote dense growth of the head. Make a cut where a pair of leaves attach to the stem.

Unfortunately, olive trees are sometimes harmed by weak scales, which are small yellow-brown insects that attach to the stem of the tree and draw sap from the plant. In order to remove limescale, you need to spray insecticidal soap on the tree. There are different types of indoor remedies in the garden center.

Enjoy your olive tree.

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