Olive tree seed problems.

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  1. jjmatthews4

    jjmatthews4 Member

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    I have bought three orders of olive seed to try to grow. They all were from different vendors. I have soaked them, clipped the shell, planted them in moist soil and covered them with plastic wrap, watered them every other day...
    and not a one has grown.
    I have used a seed germinator also.
    Is there anyone out there can help me!?
     
  2. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Perhaps it's just as well; don't know if it's true but I've read that seed propagated trees revert to the original small-fruited wild variety. Are there no sources for cuttings where you are? That would be a better alternative.
     
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    Unfortunately, I live in Western Pa. There are no Olive trees to be found!
    I have not yet mastered the art of getting clippings to grow either. I have tried Willow trees on several occations. I have been successful getting, cherry, lemon, orange and cashew to grow from seed. I do a little amature bonsai hobby stuff.
    Any help you can give, I will greatly appriciate!

    Thanks!
    Jimmy
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    I actually went through a similar process several years ago before olive trees became readily available at retail in my area. Back then I was able to track down a cutting from a nursery that dealt with bonsai with the knowledge that olive trees are sometimes used as specimens. Try checking with bonsai dealers.
     
  5. LPN

    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Pencil sized cuttings (most leaves removed) - bottom heat - covered to provide humidity (supplimental mistings) and patience.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    Thank-you very much!
    I can't seem to get it right sometimes?!
     
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    Olive trees need a lot of sun and heat...dry heat. They do not like humidity. I grow them back home in europe...they are native to that region.....very diffcult to get them fruiting heavily outside the mediteranean...they will grow though!
     
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    Thank you very much for your help!
    Do you know of any tricks to get the seed to germinat though?
    I have not even gotten to that point yet?!
    Thanks again!
     
  9. vivienne

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    try freezing them for a wk i did this with 3 seeds and have a little tree dont know if it was a fluke but had no succes with any other ways.
     

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