Gardening Questions And Answers
Traditionally, olives are considered a wind pollinated crop. Then, there is also the issue of all that pollen going to waste from the immense number of flowers each olive tree produces. Even though olive flowers do not produce a lot of nectar, they are rich in pollen and therefore a very good food source for […]
During the first few years of its life, an olive tree will grow rather quickly, but growth slows thereafter. If your main interest in growing olives is to harvest the fruit, you can speed the growth somewhat by carefully pruning the tree during its first five years, to create a strong, straight central trunk.
Another possible cause of your olive tree non-fruiting could be a lack of sun or insufficient irrigation. Olive trees perform best when it receives the sun for most of the day. An under-watered olive tree will produce few if any olives. But it is also important not to overwater olive tree which can also cause […]
If you keep your olive tree outdoors, the white spots on leaves can appear after heavy rain which mixes dirt with water and builds up spots on leaves after it dries. Powdery mildew is one of the foremost widespread and simply identifiable tree fungal diseases. It’s also found on tree stems, flowers, and even fruit.
Many olives have an enzyme called catechol oxidase that causes them to change from a green to a red-brown to a black, but some just stay green or black. But at all of these stages, they are too bitter though not toxic to eat, because of a chemical called oleuropein, which also has anti-microbial properties.