Fresh olive seeds can be hard to find, since most olives found in the grocery store are processed too much to germinate. Plant fresh olive seeds into rich potting soil with gardening help from an urban horticulturist in this free video on plant seeds.
Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. Alright, so you love olives, who doesn't. Green olives? Black olives? You want some Greek olives? They're all great. Now, you want to try to grow them from seed? Well, it's a bit of a problem. Now, you, most olives have been processed with either brine, salt or different chemicals. So, it's hard to get an olive to really grow very well from a seed. Of course, the green olives have little pimentos in them and most of your black olives have been pretty well processed and often de-pitted. If you do get the seeds, you probably want to try to get seeds that are from fresh olives and if you check around your local grocery store, they can probably get you some fresh olives that have not been processed. When you get the seeds, they're going to be about oh, half-inch in length, maybe not quite. Take these seeds, you probably want to take a little sand paper and just lightly scarify the seed. That just means to knick it, to help it to germinate a bit quicker. Plant them about a quarter to a half-inch deep and keep them moist. So, take your watering can, water them in well. Have them in a good sterile soil. Peat, perlite, a good potting soil, which you can get at almost any nursery, garden supply store. Remember that olives, of course, are a Mediterranean. So, if you're going to grow them in the north part of the country, you're probably going to have them in containers where you can kind of protect them on the real coldest times. If you're growing them in the south, well, they'll grow pretty well. They may not fruit as well here as they might, let's say, in Greece or in some parts of California, but it's fun to have them. They add a lot to the landscape. They kind of give you that Mediterranean feel, around your pool or decking area. So, they're worthwhile in the landscape. If you're going to try to grow them, keep them moist, have them in a good soil and you should have fairly good germination. It may take a month or so for them to germinate, so go ahead and label them. Otherwise, you may forget what you've got in the container. For growing olives, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb.