The wild olive tree originated in Asia Minor where it is extremely abundant and grows in thick forests. It appears to have spread from Syria to Greece via Anatolia (De Candolle, 1883) although other hypotheses point to lower Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, the Atlas Mountains or certain areas of Europe as its source area.
Conditions. Olive trees need watering in areas with dry summers, but too much moisture in the soil increases the risk of fungal growth. Too much mulch may also lead to the appearance of these gnats near olive trees, especially as the organic matter decays.
Similar in appearance, both gnats and thrips may feed around olive trees, making it appear as if these bugs are coming from the trees.
Olive trees generally need as much sunlight as possible. In other words, the more light they have, the longer your olive tree will remain healthy and in its best condition. Although, a little shade can be tolerated with a few precautions.
Olive Seed Info Olive trees are primarily grown from cuttings but growing olive trees from pits or seeds is also possible. The pits need to be thoroughly cleaned and processed to break dormancy and facilitate germination.
The trees can produce fruit for hundreds of years. Traditionally, olive groves are handed down from father to son. One ancient tree in the French Riviera is estimated to be about 2,200 years old. Olive is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones Read more
Rancid olive oil won't make you sick. However, it may ruin your recipe by giving the dish a strange flavor. Also, olive oil is often touted for its many health benefits. Rancid olive oil will lose some of its potent antioxidant properties ( 2 ).
If your olive tree leaves tips are browning, that can mean your tree has been overfertilized or there is a buildup of fertilizer salts in the soil. As to cure it, you need to stop fertilizing in the winter months, then use only the amount Read more
Outside, the Wild Olive Tree is shade tolerant and can survive in USDA zones 6-9 as long as it is planted in a well-drained soil. Olive trees require a well-drained soil and a sunny position. Although they can cope with dry periods, olives in containers Read more
When to Plant an Olive Tree Olive trees need full sun and six to eight hours of bright, direct sunlight to survive. Positioning the olive tree in front of an east- or south-facing window in a dry, spacious room, like the living room, is an Read more
Adults can also overwinter in protected areas, especially areas with mild temperatures. Olives left on trees after harvest can produce high populations of flies from late fall to early spring.
Over time, trees grown in pots deplete the nutrients in the potting soil making it important to either repot the plant or replace up to 50% of the compost every couple of years. The best time to repot or plant your olive tree is in Read more
If you have a very tall, very old olive tree, you may have to prune it drastically to make it productive again. Remember that new growth will grow just above where you make the cut, so you'll have to cut the tree quite severely, making Read more
It might come as a surprise, but what is most fatal to olive trees in winter isn't the cold – it's moisture. If the cold sets in gradually and the air is dry, olive trees are hardy down to 10 to 17°F (-8 to -12°C) Read more
Olive trees are pollinated by wind so they will need to be outdoors when flowering. Although most olive tree varieties are self-fertile, in our cooler climate it may be useful to introduce another cultivar cross-pollinator to boost pollination. This should help increase fruit production.
Pollination and Flowering Olive trees are pollinated by wind so they will need to be outdoors when flowering. Although most olive tree varieties are self-fertile, in our cooler climate it may be useful to introduce another cultivar cross-pollinator to boost pollination. This should help increase Read more
Although they can cope with dry periods, olives in containers need regular watering and feeding to produce fruit. During the growing season, keep the compost moist and feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser such as Phostrogen, every month. In winter, reduce watering, but don't let Read more
In general, olives are not a dangerous food for cats; they're considered safe for them to consume in very small quantities. Eating a tiny olive snack, meaning less than a whole olive, a couple of times a week should be fine for your kitty if Read more
The vitamins and antioxidants found in olives may provide important health benefits. For example, some studies have shown that olives may protect against osteoporosis, in which bones become brittle or weak. Olives are also rich in vitamin E, which can improve skin health and help Read more
Olive trees can survive a number of years in a pot, although they will ultimately need to be planted in the ground to survive. Potted trees will need to be watered more often than trees planted in the ground. Allow the soil to dry somewhat Read more
First, select a healthy twig that is about the size of a pencil. Next, strip the leaves away from the lower 2/3 of the twig, then dip it in a rooting hormone mix. Finally, place the twig in dampened soil, and keep it watered. It Read more
The olive is a drought-lover, and too much water held in heavy clay will rot its shallow roots and kill the tree. According to the University of California, excessive water is the main cause of olive death in the state.
Most aptly suited to areas which are prone to high heat and plenty of sunshine, the olive tree should be planted outside and once established is fairly low maintenance. Olive trees have lovely silver leaves, which will compliment many other plantings of the garden but Read more
The olive tree as perennial Mediterranean woody plant. For almost their entire life cycle, annual plants take in nutrients from the soil through their roots.
Olive tree flowers in mid-spring after the temperature exceeds 70°F (21°C). In the Mediterranean region, the olive tree starts flowering in April and has its blooming season around April – May. The vegetative growth from last year will flower and bear the fruit in the Read more
Ground conditions – Ensure planting soil is free-draining that will not become waterlogged during winter; olives are tolerant of both acidic and alkaline soils. Poor sandy soils will benefit from the addition of soil improver or compost and clay soils may require additional grit.
Olives perform well, with humidity varying between 40%–65 %. High humidity, above 80%, at flowering causes flower drop and infestation by sooty-mold producing insects. The olive is a long-day plant and benefits from prolonged sunlight (2,400 – 2,700 sunshine hours annually) and a warm environment.
Yes, you CAN grow olive tree plants! Growing olive trees in the backyard orchard or in a container is not only possible, but easy and very rewarding.
Verona, 17 April 2018 - Olive groves are the only agricultural crop found around the world that actually protect the environment, since they counteract the greenhouse effect by capturing more CO2 (carbon dioxide) than the production of olive oil itself releases into the atmosphere.
USE YOUR FINGERS: once per week stick finger about 1-inch (2.5 cm) below the soil surface to check for moisture. If the fingertip is dry, slowly saturate the soil until water runs out of the bottom drain holes. If you feel moisture during the touch Read more
Olive trees like to be frost-free, but they still need a cool, dry climate in winter to survive – and especially if you are planning on producing fruit, as they require two months of cold weather to improve flower and fruit production.
Olive tree leaves can curl due to overwatering or underwatering, as well if experiencing transplanting shock or if there is an insect infestation such as aphids, scale. mealybugs or mites or too many weeds around the trunk for young potted olive trees.
Yes, you can start rooting olive tree cuttings in water, while others prefer rooting them directly in the sandy soil. Dip the cut end of the cutting in a rooting hormone and place it in a glass or jar with several inches of water. Add Read more
Olive trees have fewer pest problems than most fruit trees, although improper growing conditions can increase the likelihood of infestations. Similar in appearance, both gnats and thrips may feed around olive trees, making it appear as if these bugs are coming from the trees.
Verticillium Wilt is a disease that has become a major problem for the Spanish olive industry, especially for those plantations that have been created in our country in the last 30 years. The agent that causes the disease is a fungus, Verticillium dahliae, present in Read more
Yes, coffee grounds are good for potted olive trees. If you have not heard yet, olive trees love acidic soil. So apply coffee ground mulch or pine needles in your olive tree pot can help to acidify soil that has a low pH level.
Starting at the base of the trunk, remove any suckering growth. Remove all growth from below the main fork of the olive tree. Remove any downward-facing branches. Thin out the remaining parts of the tree, cutting out any branches that are growing through others.
Olive trees grow slowly and generally require little pruning each year if they are healthy and well-maintained. You will want to begin shaping your olive tree when it's young, or about 2 years old, and then check it each year in the late spring or Read more
Olive trees are very drought resistant; however, they still require water to survive. Water an establishing olive tree once weekly for the first year or anytime the top 2” of soil becomes dry. After an olive tree is established, deep watering once monthly is sufficient.
To completely eliminate a crop, apply an olive tree growth regulator called naphthalene acetic acid, or NAA, at a solution of 150 parts per million in two sprays: Apply the first spray two to three days before full bloom and the second spray a week Read more