Olive trees are a wonderful addition for any garden. They can be grown in a pot, but prefer a place of their own in the garden. They can survive in poor soils and with minimal water, and are generally very hardy.

Fertilise the tree when you plant it, and then after you have harvested the fruit. You will need to prune it annually to prevent it from getting a little rangy.

They are well suited to Melbourne’s cool winters and dry summers.  Plant in a sunny spot, with good drainage.

Olive trees may fruit annually or biannually depending on the variety. Fruit can’t be eaten straight from the tree and will need to pickled.