Feb 9, Plant your tree at the depth it has been growing in the pot. Once established, olive trees are among the most drought-resistant trees in the. Feeding olive trees throughout the growing season is essential to promote strong healthy foliage. Olive trees are very drought tolerant, but they still enjoy a good. Abstract. Olive trees (Olea europaea L.) are commonly grown in the Mediterranean basin where prolonged droughts may occur during the vegetative period.

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Olive crop water use ETc in a clean cultivated orchard or where weeds are completely controlled follows in Table 1. Regulations vary from place to place. Water is lost from an olive orchard to both evaporation and transpiration the combination of which is referred to as evapotranspiration, or ET. Avoid heavy applications of fast release fertilizer that could damage plants and leach or run-off into groundwater.

It needs regular watering to thrive. If planting an olive tree in a new spot, check the soil’s ability to drain.

If planting is done after mid-August but before March 1, do not fertilize at the time of planting; trde until spring. Plant your tree at the depth it has been growing in the pot. Beede and Goldhamer, Olive oil production as influenced by different quantities of applied water. Liquid fertilizers may be used again, a formulation with minor elements is best but it should be remembered that liquid feeding is a fleeting thing and must be repeated often.

Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, are drought-tolerant trees once established.

Classic Trees, Professionally Grown

Water use requirements of Manzanillo olives and responses to sustained deficit irrigation. A fast-release farm-type fertilizer such as or may be used according to label directions. Ideally, if possible, keep out of very strong winds. This irrigation strategy led to no differences in gross fresh fruit yield, fruit size, or gross revenue when this mild to moderate regulated deficit irrigation approach was employed over four years.


Full ETc was met in the Spring by annual rainfall and a fully recharged soil profile until the irrigation season began in late April to early May. It is also a good idea to cut out small interior branches that will ultimately clutter the tree’s appearance and provide protection for any pests or diseases that may be lurking around your site. Remember that the roots of any tree extend far beyond the drip-line of the branches.

If your tree is planted in a lawn area, take care that lawn maintenance practices do not harm the tree.

Regulated deficit irrigation applications: Olive Olea europaea L. Regulated deficit irrigation for California canning olives. Prune back in late spring or summer to promote new growth and good shape, and do not allow olive trees to lose shape otherwise the foliage becomes sparse. Depending on which text editor you’re pasting into, you might have to add the italics to the site name. Maximizing fruit size and fruit yield are key components of table olive production that must be maintained if an orchard is to remain economically viable.

Olive trees are not too fussy about soil types but they do have a preference for well-drained soil, making olive tree care a very easy task. Clayey soils will retain water and must be amended with organic matter before you plant the olive tree. It is environmentally responsible but requires more study and understanding by the gardener.

Olives – UC Drought Management

Until then, use a stake large enough to hold the trunk upright. Tip The soil around your olive tree must drain well. Best pots for olive trees Olive trees are best grown in well drained pots using loam-based compost with added grit for drainage. How to Water Olive Trees.


We have some very useful tips on olive tree care for you below: Weed-eater operators kill thousands of tref every year by “girding,” or removing the bark from the bases of trees. Water newly planted specimens every third day for the tee two weeks.

However, olive fruit production and the economic survival of the orchard operation does not depend loive on tree survival.

Feeding olive trees Apply a top-dressing of nitrogen rich, general purpose feed 2 to 3 times through the growing season. Trees with higher irrigation levels were first to show color changes in fruit maturity but once fruits on water stressed trees began to mature they did so at a much faster rate.

How to Water Olive Trees

The olive tree does make an excellent specimen for a sunny, Mediterranean style garden, and creates a real point of interest in a big terracotta pot.

If grown in pots, olive trees are best grown vought loam-based compost with added grit for drainage. See the following section on optimum irrigation for olive oil production.

Olive trees are wonderfully hardy when established and will be fine in all but the coldest parts of the UK. High levels of irrigation lowered oil extractability and produced bland oils with significantly less fruitiness and almost no bitterness or pungency.