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Olive Tree
« on: August 23, 2017, 02:33:54 PM »
Anybody in South LA have Olive trees? Looking at some Arbequina variety at Atlas Feed Mill.
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 05:55:36 PM »
  I have an Arbequina that I bought from Walmart in 2015.  It has grown well and I like the way it looks.  It made a few olives last year and none this year.  I may try starting some cuttings from it to grow a few more.

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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 08:58:33 PM »
I don't have an olive tree but I've seen thousands in Crete. That tree looks like it needs goats eating/pruning the bottom branches. I'm guessing all the olive farmers had goats too because they were always in the trees eating leaves and fertilizing. I'm not sure when they let the goats in but it was a blast seeing them for the first time.

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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 09:47:45 PM »
That's neat looking with the goats.  I'm planning to prune mine into more of a tree shape.
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2017, 06:35:21 AM »
I planted an olive tree approximately 5 years ago and this year is the first time it produced a small crop. I tried to preserve them in brine following a youtube recipe from Cyprus and it was a success, the olives taste great.

I also had to prune the tree as it was growing wild like on Chapman's photo. I will upload a photo of it on the week end, it is too dark now.

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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 07:55:38 AM »
I have a olive tree also but in a 25 gallon pot.  It made it through our winter last year just fine, except for a little dry for it.  No olives this year. 
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2017, 09:03:03 AM »
I too have an olive tree!
I thought I had killed it by putting it outside to early this spring and I did kill the main plant but... since I am always the optimistic I pruned it back and placed it with the rest of my potted plants.

 Everyone that saw the pot would remind me " Ya know that plant is dead right?" I would just smile and say "I know but what if"

It sent up a shoot from the roots a few weeks ago.

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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 02:20:30 PM »
Thanks guys. I'll keep a look out for some at Atlas Feed Mill.
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2017, 05:19:15 PM »
I would check Lowes and Home Depot also.  They may have some.  I was able to get mine when Walmart took 75% off. 
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 04:35:40 AM »
Here are the photos of my tree. I pruned it a couple of weeks ago. They tend to grow wild and need regular pruning.
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2017, 05:55:57 AM »
How old is your tree Vincent?
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2017, 06:58:20 AM »
We built our house 6 years ago Maggie so I would have planted it shortly after we moved in. I took the photos this afternoon - lovely day
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Re: Olive Tree
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2017, 05:36:49 PM »
It looks very happy. You obviously are doing a great job of tending it.
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