Think of olive trees and you may think of the Mediterranean, but did you know that you can grow olive trees in Florida? Their beautiful silvery foliage can complement any landscape, and the olives can be cured and eaten, or pressed for oil.
Several other Florida plants are known as "olive," so be sure to purchase a European olive tree. Suitable cultivars include self-fertile ones like 'Arbequina', 'Mission', or 'Manzanilla'. Planting more than one cultivar close together may increase fruit set.
Plant your olive trees in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Once established they'll require minimal care, but you will need to protect them if winter temperatures drop below 20 degrees. Depending on the cultivar, you can be enjoying your own olives in just three years.
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Growing Olives in Texas Gardens--Texas AgriLife Extension
- Olive Branch Tree Farm (Citra, FL)
- Olive Fact Sheet--University of California Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center
- Olive Tree Growers (Dunnellon, FL)
- Olive Trees in Florida? You Bet--Ocala Star-Banner
- Olive Trees in South Florida--TCPalm
- Olives: Safe Methods for Home Pickling--University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (PDF)
- UF/IFAS Extension: Lawn & Garden
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
- Florida Master Gardener Program
- "The Neighborhood Gardener" e-newsletter
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