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Arbequina Olive Trees are low maintenance and very easy to grow.
They can be grown outdoors in Zones 8-11.
They also make great container trees. This makes them a great specimen for the patio in Zones 4-11 where you can overwinter them inside during the winter months.
I live in Zone 8 and have an Arbequina Olive planted in our backyard.
I love this tree’s draping silvery green foliage so much, I also have two planted in containers.
My container trees happily live inside near a sunny window inside my home all year long.
You can do this too. Later in my post, I will show you a great DIY you can incorporate in your home.
Arbequina Olives are not picky about the soil they grow in as long as it is well drained, and they don’t sit in water indefinitely.
These trees also love full sunlight. If you plant them in a container inside, make sure they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day.
This tree will start producing olives around 4 years of age.
It is also self pollinating so all you need is one.
But, don’t let that stop you from planting more than one.
Obviously, the more you plant, the more olives you are going to get in return.
My DIY Olive Tree Container
I get so many compliments on one of the Arbequina Olive Trees I have in my home I thought I would give you my step by step tutorial so that you can create something similar.
First up, you need to find yourself an unusual container. Mine is an hollowed out teak planter that the kids used as a trash can.
I figured we could use it in a better way.
My tree is only about 4 feet tall and if I placed it directly into the container I would have two problems.
First, I would not be able to water it without ruining the planter.
And secondly, the tree would disappear into the container as the container is 3 feet tall.
So, I used two 5 gallon buckets to get the tree to the height I wanted.
I turned the first bucket over and placed it inside the planter.
I kept the second bucket right side up and placed it on top of the first bucket.
Then I set my olive tree inside the second bucket. This bucket will catch any water that drips out of the bottom of the tree and that keeps the planter nice and dry.
Next, I cut a plastic liner diagonally to the center and fit it snuggly around the base of the olive tree’s trunk.
By making a cut, I am allowing the water to go through the liner into the dirt of the tree.
Because the liner is unattractive, I taped up some bubble wrap balls and placed them in the liner.
Then, I hot glued preserved moss onto the bubble wrap to cover the bubble wrap.
This gives the appearance that the moss is growing around the base of my olive tree.
I placed the tree next to a sunny window where it receives bright sunlight most of the day.
I allow the tree to dry out completely before I water it and that is anywhere from 8-10 days depending on the season.
Photos of the Process
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