Growing Olive Trees From Cuttings

This is so simple it is pretty amazing. Normally you have to put a lot of work in to taking cuttings from trees and expecting them to grow. It normally involves grafting on to specific root stock. Olive trees are different. After much experimenting I have found that you can grow Olive trees from cuttings from a simple cutting up to a few centimetres in diameter.

And that is all that needs to be done really.

You simply take a clean cut, preferably at an angle and put it in some potting soil. Keep it covered with a piece of clear plastic and keep the soil just slightly moist.

Olive trees are pretty unique as they are covered in growth nodes that will spring into life. So when you cut a tree right down or prune a branch new growth appears very quickly. And this is true for cuttings as well. Simply take your cutting and give it basic protection and it will grow.

It’s that simple.

They are one of the easiest things to grow, but if you want good fruit you will have to ensure you have very long Summers, and never water it once it is established. They like it very dry and very hot.

5 Responses to Growing Olive Trees From Cuttings

  1. gretchen

    Hi Dave

    My russian olive was accidentally cut down yesterday. The tree is young, 6″ caliper, 4 ‘ height
    I want to root it and replant.
    I read your comment but want to make sure I do everything I can to help this guy survive

    many thanks,
    gretchen

    • Dave

      Hi Gretchen, sorry for your loss 😉 Olives are about as tough as they come. If it got cut down then it will sprout again like crazy – I can pretty much guarantee it.

  2. Mary Demoret

    Hi Dave,
    Shalom from Israel. I have a 17 year old olive tree in the front garden. Im afraid soon it will be uprooted as the roots have cracked my neighbors wall and are under our kitchen. I have had at least 10 bushels of olives from this tree this season. I want to know how to save my tree and also when you say starting another tree it is just from cuttings…with the nods, or a stem? And can an olive tree this size be uprooted and planted somewhere else?
    Thanks for your time and consideration
    Mary

    • Dave

      Hi Mary. Cuttings can be quite thick, just from a branch and they should take. In Spain you see a lot of ancient trees dug up and replanted so it is possible but I guess you would want to ensure you get as much root as possible and maybe prune it right back so it can recover more quickly.

      • Mary Demoret

        Thanks much….Mary

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