Olives Trees ‘Off Season’

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Thursday 10 September, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Olive trees tend to produce a crop every two years, more or less. Some trees are a bit weird, producing every three years, and some even every year. I even have a couple of trees which are very confused, with one half of the tree producing one year, then the other half the next 🙂

This year looks like an ‘off season’ in general, so just 80-120KG (176-264 lbs) expected – an easy November-December for me then (yeah right; but not olive picking day in, day out at least). This tree just has a few, but they look pretty healthy so far.

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8 thoughts on “Olives Trees ‘Off Season’

  1. How old does an Olive tree need to be before it produces? And what are the environmental conditions that assist? – I planted two a Spanish and an Italian olive about 5 years ago – I am in USDA Zone 9a

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Good question. I have no idea about your ‘zones’, but certainly they love the heat, well drained rocky soil and annual pruning. Mostly fruit is produced on 2-5 year old branches – hence pruning generates growth which in time will bear fruit.

      As to the age, I would ‘guess’ after 5+ years from a rootstock graft, so about 2 metres in height, with a trunk girth of 3cm+ diameter.

      I’m no expert or professional – just basing this on how our trees ‘work’ over here.

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  2. You planted the olive trees…or do they grow in the wild?
    In Hawaii, there were avocados, bananas, mangoes growing wild.
    Here, many times I have a hard time finding fruits and vegetables at the grocery store that are not wilted and old!

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Most of my trees are 20-30 years old (before our time here), with a couple in the 100-150 year range. I have planted a few, but the take 5 years to amount to much. Yes, many do grow wild here, with acres of commercial areas too – guess the climate works!

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