How to Plant an Olive Seed


Olive trees are also known as olea europaea and produce quality olives. The trees produce leaves that are a grayish green with fragrant flowers. Vegetation starts in the first year or two and the olive tree can grow up to 25 feet. Also, olive trees store their energy in the nondeciduous foliage, which can make early pruning slow down the growth.

Step 1

Find an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day with well-drained soil in which to plant your olive seed. Don't plant in an area where water floods the soil after a heavy rainfall or where water remains in a hole 2 feet deep.

Step 2

Make a hole that is 3/4 inch deep and 1/4 inch wide. Place your seed firmly into the center of the hole. Repeat the same steps if you decide to start the seed inside in a pot first. You will still need to make sure the medium-sized pot gets the same amount of sunlight and water.

Step 3

Fill the hole with the moist soil that you dug up. Water immediately using a half cup of water. Never overwater the seed bed. The soil should only be damp enough that if you were to grasp a handful of dirt, only a few drops of water would come out.

Step 4

Place mulch over the seed bed after watering. It's OK if the mulch becomes moist, as well. Spread the mulch evenly over where the hole was. Wait for germination to begin, which could take as long as a year. Continue watering two to three times a day.

Step 5

Remove the mulch once germination begins. Keep the soil at a temperature that is between 80 and 85 degrees F until germination. Once you see plant growth you can transfer the plant to a larger pot if you're growing inside. Once the plant is over 6 inches you should continue the plant outside.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch


  • Olive Tree
  • Planting Olive Trees
  • The Care and Feeding of Olive Trees
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Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.