Olive tree growers?

Discussion in 'Fruit and Nut Trees' started by calicojack, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. calicojack

    calicojack Member

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    I have just acquired an Arbosanna olive tree, and for now I am going to leave it in a 60 gallon pot so I can pull it under the balcony in winter. I am wondering if anyone else out there has tried growing olives and if they have had any success putting them in the ground?
     
  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Calicojack:

    In most cases there is no substitute for growing an eventual
    large sized tree in the ground rather than growing the tree
    in a container or a very large pot.

    Olives for the most part can handle cold weather so if cold
    is your biggest concern then you may want to plant your tree
    next Spring. For fruiting Olives grown in British Columbia
    the hard part will be getting your trees fruit to ripen. Arbosana
    is a later ripening variety, which for you would mean a variety
    that will probably ripen in mid to late Summer. What your tree
    will need is lots of sunlight and warm temperatures for the
    Olives to ripen without being excessively bitter. Yes, there
    are others growing Olives to press in nearby islands near you
    but no one is saying whether all of the Olives pressed are
    grown there. Usually what happens in less warm climates is
    that Olives from elsewhere are brought in an used as the base
    and then pressed with the local Olives to mask the local grown
    fruit and make the oil much less acidic and whole lot less bitter.
    It is rare to see and have a single variety Olive Oil like a single
    Malt Scotch for example. Most Olive Oils are a pressed blend
    of generally three to four Olive varieties.

    Jim
     
  3. Murray

    Murray Member

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    I have a grand total of three Arbequina now in the greenhouse after being outside all summer. Total crop is a whopping three olives so far. I am getting up my courage to plant them on a steepish SW facing slope in Cobble Hill. The nursery claims these are early ripening and hardy to -6c.
     
  4. sweetlemon

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    I've got mine ('Arbequina') in the ground in Parksville, so I think you should be even better off in Cobble Hill.

    Everything I've read about olives seems to agree that most varieties are hardy to about -13C, at which point they're killed to the ground (growing back in a multi-trunked form). Supposedly if you visit the Mediterranean region, multi-trunked olive trees serve as a perfect indicator for where temperatures have dipped below -13C in the last hundred years or so.
     

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