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Old 06-03-2012, 02:29 PM
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I am in the deep south.

I want an olive tree.
it would be container grown
as this isnt a permanant address.

before I go to the expense wondered if any of you had
grown one--what about the maturing/and fruit.

I am assuming as in any fruit tree--there is an age thta it has to reach.


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I assume since they do grow in CA that the state ag dept has some info on named varieties etc. There might be one kind more suited to your climate than another. Good luck with it whatever you decide. I always wondered if the green pickled olives and the black ripe olives come from the same tree.
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I've bought two. I selected "Arbequina" which is one of the most cold hardy. To give you some background information, our suburban home is located in southern California (very hot and dry), but our homestead is up in the Sierra foothills at 4500 feet elevation.

When I buy trees, what I usually do is plant them upon receipt into 5 gallon pots, then transplant them after they've sprouted and all chance of frost is gone. I have been tardy though, and some of my potted trees stay at the so. Cal house for a year.

What I've seen is that olives will bear fruit the first year they are in the ground (pot) in our hot climate, however, the same tree transplanted to the ranch with cold four-season weather doesn't have enough time to flower and develop fruit.

At our ranch, the last day of frost is around Memorial day (5/31). The olive tree survives the winter cold just fine, doesn't even loose leaves, but does't produce fruit at the higher elevation.

I'd say pay attention to your spring frost date. If you're frost-free by the end of January, or into February, you're likely to get fruit.

Maybe a bigger issue will be disease problems. Olives are supposedly adapted to rocky, dry hillsides, which suggests to me they won't like wet feet and high humidity. I'd only try planting one if you have a spot that's high and dry with 100% full sun during the day.

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Thanks for the info--my problem will be the humidty-it stays high here.
Can get the sun-factor handled--its intense here through sept.


Have you been able to eat/can any fruit?
I love olives and its a different plant/fruit tree to explore.

Thank you for response.

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Found this link Annie, maybe it will help.
http://www.texasoliveoilcouncil.org/
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Wow--neat site--thanks
I was looking or asking this pc the wrong questions

I am making a favorite--read in the am when its cooler.


Again--tks my friend

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Hi TXAnne, I have an olive tree that was in a 1-gallon container for 2 years, and finally planted last summer, to help it escape the brutal heat. It had lost most of it's leaves, but now it looks fine.

I don't have any fruit yet, but it is remarkable in it's ability to withstand intense heat and lack of water. It is fairly humid in NE Texas. I don't know what variety it is, but I purchased it down in Bryan, TX. It gets shade in the early afternoon until sunset. Hope this helps.
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Hi fellow Texan

Thanks--right now containers are the only way I could go.

Thinking large containers--I really would love to be able to
grow and process olives--wierd I guess but hey.

I am about 125 miles from Bryan--used to live closer in Bedias tx

I will probaly have to go to Houston nursey to find a couple--hoping to
have them by fall to give them time to recover transplanting before next
summer heat--that should work huh?

Again--tks for the info.

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Hi fellow Texan

Thanks--right now containers are the only way I could go.

Thinking large containers--I really would love to be able to
grow and process olives--wierd I guess but hey.

I am about 125 miles from Bryan--used to live closer in Bedias tx

I will probaly have to go to Houston nursey to find a couple--hoping to
have them by fall to give them time to recover transplanting before next
summer heat--that should work huh?

Again--tks for the info.

annie
Sounds good. Autumn is the best time for planting trees, too bad the trees are mostly sold in the Spring. Good luck!

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Sounds good. Autumn is the best time for planting trees, too bad the trees are mostly sold in the Spring. Good luck!

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I've done that by planting my spring bought trees in a 5 gallon pot and waiting till October to plant in the ground.

Doing it that way, I see no long-term difference between spring and fall planting.
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I have been wanting to plant a couple olive trees for a while now but, like you, I am concerned about the humidity. Wonder if it would help if you could keep a fan blowing on them on low when the humidity is real high? I would love to have my own trees.
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I have been wanting to plant a couple olive trees for a while now but, like you, I am concerned about the humidity. Wonder if it would help if you could keep a fan blowing on them on low when the humidity is real high? I would love to have my own trees.
If the Faye I think it is--Long time no see!!!
Been many a moon. LOL

You know I was thinking about that---and maybe a total
west sun side---close to the house etc---the heat off the house would create a
dryer place-you think?

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It is me. How you been? I haven't been on much lately because we have been busy with gardening and canning plus DH had been in pretty bad shape. He is doing better now though. Hopefully I will be on more for a while anyway till the fall garden gets ready. Man, I am looking forward to winter.
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