Olive Tree Pre-Check
First things first, before even considering growing your own olive tree you need to make sure you live in an area with the right climate. You’re after a dry area with lots of sunshine, low wind or humidity due to the olive tree’s short roots. You can never have winter temperatures falling below -5ºC. Buds and fruiting shoots are usually damaged below these temperatures. Olives love areas with cool winters and hot, dry summers, which is most of southern Australia.
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Next you’re going to need some patience, as it can take four to six years for olive trees to bear fruit, but on the up side it’s well worth it as they live on average between 300-600 years! This not only benefits you, but the generations to follow.
A one-year-old plant can start from around $20 while a more mature plant could set you back $250.
If you want just one tree it’s imperative to research which varieties are self-fertile. If you’re planting more than one, you don’t need a self-fertile tree as they will pollinate each other.
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Why are these trees so special?
In Ancient Greece you would be fined for digging up too many olive trees, even on your own property. There is a reason why an olive branch appears on the national flags of seven nations, four US states and the flag of the United Nations. (For more facts check this out)
Here’s why: The leaves, bark and fruit of olive trees contain compounds which fight parasites and disease. These are being researched for their possible effectiveness against cancer. This is why Olive Leaf Extract is so popular in the supplement world. The olive tree’s strength is shown by the claim that some examples have lived for thousands of years.
Before you plant the tree or seeds, you’ll first need to do a soil test, and be ready to alter your soil if necessary. Make sure you have plenty of room for the tree to grow as they can grow up to 20-25 feet tall and wide.
That’s all for the Pre-check! Watch this space for the sequel of this blog: ‘How to Grow an Olive Tree’.
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