Arbequina Olive tree in a teak container next to large windows facing a swimming pool - J Dub By Design™
My newly planted Arbequina Olive Tree

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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.

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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

Arbequina Olive tree next to a teak planter - J Dub By Design™
Here you can see that the olive tree is too short to fit in this planter.
placing an Arbequina Olive in teak planter - J Dub BY Design™
The Arbeqina Olive tree disappears into the container.
adding a 5 gallon bucket to the teak planter to build up height - J Dub By Design™
I flipped a five gallon bucket upset down to add height to the tree.
adding a 5 gallon bucket to a planter - J Dub By Design™
I placed another 5 gallon bucket on top of the first one. This gives additional height and catches any water that drains from the tree.
placing olive tree in teak planter - J Dub By Design™
Then, I placed the tree inside the second 5 gallon bucket.
placing Arbequina Olive tree in teak planter after using buckets to bring up height - J Dub By Design™
The 5 gallon bucket holds the tree securely and gives the tree great height within the container.
cutting a plastic liner on the diagonal so that it will fit around the base of the tree - J Dub By Design™
Next, I cut an old plant liner on the diagonal. This cut also allows for water to drain through the liner into the pot of the tree.
placing a liner around the trunk of an Arbequina Olive Tree - J Dub By Design™
I placed the liner around the base of the Arbequina Olive’s trunk.
Cutting liner to fit teak planter - J Dub By Design™
I trimmed the liner so that it would not show above the wood planter.
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Tuck the liner inside the wood planter.
adding bubble wrap over plastic liner covering dirt - J Dub By Design™
To cover the unsightly liner, I placed balls of bubble wrap around the liner.
placing bubble wrap balls all around plant liner - J Dub By Design™
I made sure that the balls of bubble wrap were not uniform and sloped all along the base of the tree.
covering the bubble wrap balls with preserved moss - J Dub By Design™
I covered the bubble wrap with preserved moss using my glue gun.
adding moss to the plant to cover up the liner of the tree - J Dub By Design™
The bubble wrap provides the foundation for the moss to give a realistic look for the base of the tree.
Arbquina Olive Tree planted in a moss covered teak container sitting in a hand carved stone archway - J Dub By Design™
My Arbequina Olive tree is very happy and within 2 days of placing it in its new container in its new home in the house, it immediately started putting out new growth.

Source for Arbequina Olives

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Final Thoughts

Spring is just around the corner. So don’t wait to get your hands on an Arbequina Olive.

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Stay tuned…..

For next month’s plant pick, I will do a deep dive on why you absolutely must include a Fragrant Tea Olive somewhere in your landscape.

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