Fertilizing Olive Trees

Young olive trees may require fertilizing after planting, depending on the time of the year (see below). Established olive trees require fertilizer to stay healthy and produce every year. They need a balanced fertilizer with a 16-16-16 nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium ratio or similar.

NOTE: This is part 6 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow olive trees, we recommend starting from the beginning.

Fertilizing Tips

  • Do not fertilize after August or before March.
  • Do not allow any type of fertilizer to touch the trunk of the tree, as the high levels of nitrogen can cause burns.
  • Feed your olive tree small amounts of fertilizer several times a month and water well after application.
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