Olive trees can survive in Thai soil, but…

Can you grow olive trees in Thailand and Laos? Yes, you can. But do those trees produce Thai olives? I have so far only had one olive harvest in Thailand. So if you want to try your luck: We have olive trees for sale in Thailand and Laos.

Olive tree outside Hua Hin, Thailand

Olive trees outside Hua Hin, Thailand

When a friend of mine told me there were olive trees planted at a winery outside Hua Hin, I did not believe him. But it is true, in that hilly terrain they survive even the worst floods. But frankly speaking, those trees in Hua Hin look neglected, badly pruned, and I doubt that those ever will bear tasty Thai olives.

Silvery, shiny olive leaves grown in Thailand

Silvery, shiny olive leaves grown in Thailand

When I grew my first olive tree in Nong Khai (near Laos) I made the mistake to plant it into the ground. My poor olive tree was killed during the next Thai rainy season.

Olive trees survive in big pots

Olive trees survive in big pots

So when I finally could lay hands on a second olive plant in Thailand, I planted it in a huge pot and it has survived about 10 years already, but never bore any tasty olives.

This small olive tree had small fruits already when it was brought to Thailand, together with bay leaves

This small olive tree had small fruits already when it was brought to Thailand, together with bay leaves

So in order to get a first olive harvest in Thailand, I acquired a small olive tree that was full of fruits already, together with some bay leaves: Both plants thrive normally in a Mediterranean  climate, but the trick worked, a few Thai olives were harvested in the end.

My first harvest of olives grown in Thailand

My first harvest of olives grown in Thailand

Naturally, I planted my harvest in order to grow Thai olive seedlings that later could be grafted. But, alas, none of them sprouted. I will try marcotting (layering) on my old olive plant in order to get more Thai olive trees.

More than one olive tree necessary for possible harvest

More than one olive tree necessary for possible harvest

Then I read on the internet, that self pollination hardly works with olives, so in order to grow delicious olives in Thailand or Laos you need at least two trees.

If you want results, you need more than one olive tree

If you want results, you need more than one olive tree

Fortunately we at Discovery Garden have found a reliable olive tree supplier who imports them from Turkey to Thailand. At the moment we have several olive trees for sale at our locations in Pattaya or Nong Khai (border town to Laos). They are expensive, but if you want to try your luck with olive trees in Thailand you should plant at least two.

Olive trees in Thailand for sale

Olive trees in Thailand for sale

Inquire about availability of olive trees in Thailand or Laos and how we can send them to your location: hansfritschi1957@gmail.com

11 thoughts on “Olive trees can survive in Thai soil, but…

  1. Can you please tell me if there are some olive farms in thailand (except Hua Hin Vinyard) and in which parts of Thailand are they located ?
    I am from Australia and had a big commercial olive farm in South east Queensland until mid-1911
    Thank you

    • Hallo,

      solche Olivenbäume gibt es bei uns im Discovery Garden Pattaya. Sie sind allerdings teuer, da aus der Türkey importiert, einer kostet 1800 Baht und wir haben nur noch 5 Stück. Wo sind Sie in Thailand?

      Beste Grüsse

      Hans Fritschi

  2. Good Morning

    We live in Bangkok and would like to have a try with Olive trees, we have big Balcony fitting 3 to 4 trees in pots. Have you any available and what would be Total costs including shipping to Bangkok ?
    Thanks and best regards Paul & Anchali

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