The Olive is the oldest cultivated tree in existence and is highly prized for its delicate fruit, aromatic oil and fine wood. This evergreen tree is native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. Its graceful, billowing appearance with its distinctive silvery-greyish foliage makes it a rather attractive ornamental. The fruit is a green drupe which generally becomes blackish purple when fully ripe. Fruits range from round to oval elongated with pointed ends depending on variety.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Olives will grow on almost any well drained soil.

    Plant olive trees in a full sun location and away from sidewalks or footpaths to avoid stains from fallen ripe fruit.

    The olive requires a long, hot growing season to properly ripen the fruit.

    Relatively wind tolerant. However, hot, dry winds may be harmful during the period when the flowers are open and the fruits are setting.

    Olives require sufficient winter chill to ensure fruit set.

    Trees do not require winter protection and will tolerate temperatures as low as -7°C for short periods.

    Young plants should be watered at least once a week, whereas a fortnightly to monthly deep watering is adequate for home grown fruit bearing trees.

    Olives are extremely hardy and forgiving, being able to handle extended dry periods.

    Prune after harvest to open up the canopy to allow the light and air through. Thinning out the crop can also result in a larger fruit size.

    When planting, provide a hole that is about twice the width of the pot but no deeper than the height of the pot.

    Plant spacing of 8m x 5m is the most common for Australian growers.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Non-Bearing

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1-3 cups (200-600g)

    Commercial Use: 200-600g

    Comments: Fertilise during the growing season every couple of months from September through to the end of March.


    Stage: Bearing  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 7½-14½ cups (1.5-2.5kg)

    Commercial Use: 1.5-2.5kg  

    Comments: Apply well before the development of flowers so that the tree can absorb the nutrients in order to produce good fruits. Additional supplies of N has proved to be rather beneficial. Some growers may want to give an extra feeding of fertiliser post harvest.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.