5 fresh cuttings from my olive tree in Portugal The cuttings are 6 to 8 inch (15 – 20 cm) tall long It is an economical way to reproduce olive trees while keeping the same genetic characteristics as the parent plant.
The olive is an extremely long-lived tree in the Mediterranean.
Some trees that still bear fruit today are thought tobe over 2,000 years old.
Although the olive tree may be propagated from seed,many olives grown today are hybrid plants. The seed olive, when grown, will not resemble the parent plant.
Instead, many olive growers choose to grow olives by rooting cuttings.
the botanical name is Olea europaea, meaning “European olive”, is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae
Mix a potting soil made from one part peat moss, one part sand and one part vermiculite.
Fill a 4-inch-wide container with the potting soil. Water until the soil is as damp as a wrung-out sponge.
Strip off the leaves from the lower two-thirds of the branch, and dip the cut end into rooting hormone. Insert the cuttings halfway into the potting soil، Place a plastic freezer bag over the container and tree cutting.
Place the container in a sunny windowsill and check daily. Water the container any time the soil seems dry.
Remove the bag in six to eight weeks once roots sprout from the tree.
Water the tree seedling with a liquid, balanced fertilizer diluted to half-strength.
Transplant the seedling into the ground in spring in zone 9 or warmer.
Leave your olive in a container and move it indoors during winter months in cooler climates.
Olive trees will freeze and die if temperatures drop below 12 degrees.