The most adaptable olive available and an important cultivar throughout Spain where growing conditions are not always favourable, ‘Hojiblanca’ has proven success in a wide range of soils and climates. More importantly, if you're looking for a large table olive - this is the one! ‘Hojiblanca’ reliably produces large green olives in early autumn, or black olives in late autumn most suited to preserving for your table. Can be used for a highly prized oil as oil yields are relatively low from this variety.
Olives grow well in areas with hot dry summers and cold winters. They prefer a lime rich soil with a pH of 7 or above and require good drainage. Whilst often seen as a drought-resistant tree, olives do require adequate water at flowering and fruit set to ensure good crops. If they are not irrigated, they tend to form a biennial cropping pattern. With a shallow root system, olives prefer a weed-free area below their canopy to reduce competition for both water and nutrients. Fertilise in autumn and spring by spreading an application of well-rotted chicken or cow manure over the soil out to the canopy drip-line. Olive trees fruit best in an open vase shape and should be pruned accordingly. Leave three to four branches and always remove any water shoots on the inside and any suckers at the base.