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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.