Where can I find information about Olive Tree training??
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What are the training objectives of olive orchard development??
There are two training objectives during the first three years of olive orchard development. The first is to develop a strong, well-spaced framework of uncongested scaffold branches to support heavy crops and to facilitate shaker attachment for mechanical harvest. The second is to bring the new olive trees into bearing as soon as possible.
How do I choose the best site for my Olive Tree??
Choose sites that can supply olive trees with approximately three acre-feet per year for table olives and two acre-feet per year for oil olives, although more water will be necessary if irrigation efficiency is compromised by conditions such as runoff or poor weed control. Evaluate water quality.
How are olives trained and pruned??
How a tree is trained and pruned is determined by the olive’s natural growth and crop-bearing pattern. Olives have “apical dominance,” where the central stem grows more strongly than lateral stems. The apical stem, which is vegetative rather than fruiting, produces several lateral buds that are almost exclusively fruiting buds.