How to grow an olive tree in a pot

In the collective imagination, the olive tree is almost always an enormous tree, perhaps centuries-old, planted in large open spaces so that it can give us its precious fruit, the olive, the raw material of the prized Mediterranean diet.

However, there are some varieties of olive trees that can also be planted in pots , in small spaces, and which do not produce fruit.

The olive tree is a plant that easily adapts to the climate and extreme conditions , however it is not recommended to plant it in places that are too cold. Precisely for this reason, planting it in a pot that can be kept indoors is an ideal solution.

Before starting, let’s remember that the olive tree does not need a lot of water , and that the plant must be guaranteed excellent drainage.

It is important to choose the correct vase, and not for an aesthetic issue. It may seem like a small thing, but the material of the pot can affect the health of our plant.

The best option is thick clay pots , as they promote good drainage and are among the most effective at insulating the plant.

As for the soil, you need to choose one that is draining and light . An excellent option is to choose one made up of half universal soil and half a mixture of sand and lapillus.

The olive tree plant does not need frequent watering . This plant also adapts perfectly to drought conditions, so water it periodically but without exaggerating.

How to germinate olive tree seeds
The olive seed is not the classic stone that remains after eating them. Although the hazelnut can be germinated, the times would be too long (about 2 or 3 years).

The ideal is to break the shell of the stone and remove the internal embryo . To do this we recommend using pliers to break the stone lengthwise and release the fatty seed inside.

This operation requires extreme care, to avoid damaging the seed.

Immerse the seed you removed in water. This operation will serve to activate a series of metabolic processes essential for the development of the shoot.

You can then place the seed in the soil and wait for the seedling to develop. It will take approximately 4-6 weeks before you see a perfectly formed seedling .