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Olea europaea / European olive (10 x seeds)
Olea europaea / European olive (10 x seeds)

Olea europaea / European olive (10 x seeds)

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Binomial name: Olea europaea 

Family: Oleaceae 

Characteristics: An evergreen tree with dusty green leaves, the olive tree is popular in interior design as it is versatile to many colour palettes. It gives interiors a ‘Mediterranean feel’. Seeds are rare and are from Europe.

Seeds per packet: 10

Description: Seed can be sown throughout the year indoors in a mini glasshouse.

Planting medium: Seed raising mix (or half sand and half compost)

Optimum germination temperature: 24 degrees Celsius 

  1. Nick seeds with a pair of bolt cutters or similar at the pointy end of the seed.
  2. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours.
  3. Create a mini glasshouse. Follow instructions here
  4. Lightly press the seeds into the seed raising mix at 5cm deep. Space seeds about 5cm apart from each other. Cover with a light sprinkle of soil. Use a spray mist to moisten seeds so seeds are not disturbed. 
  5. Put lid on container to speed up germination, as it increases heat and conserves moisture.
  6. Put mini glasshouse in indirect sun. Do not put in direct sun, as this will dry the planting medium. 
  7. Put container on heat pad. Keep an eye on the soil and container. If too much moisture builds up, take the cover off for a bit to allow excess moisture to evaporate.
  8. Soil should be kept moist at all times.
  9. Germination should be between 8-10 weeks.
  10. Gently move seedlings to individual containers when they are 3cm high.