Question - Can olives grow in Florida?

Answered by: Donald Campbell  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 24-06-2022  |  Views: 1082  |  Total Questions: 14

Growing olives in Florida is not new. The Spanish first introduced olive trees to the state in the 1700s and, according to the Florida Farm Bureau, there are now more than 400 acres of olive trees in the Sunshine State, ranging from commercial growers with more than 20 acres to backyard hobbyists. Yes, you can grow olive trees with their attractive silvery foliage throughout the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida. Probably the most important thing you should know about selecting an olive tree for your landscape is to make sure you pick out a self-pollinating tree. There are two cultivars I recommend. Olive trees are now also grown in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Oregon, Alabama, and Hawaii (on the island of Maui). With so many olive orchards, Americans can find a new pastime: olive oil tasting. The sandy loam soils around the Bushnell area force most farmers to use the land for cattle pasture. Yet, olive trees thrive in northern Florida, agreeing with the Sunshine State's clime, as well as the soil. Olive trees show a marked preference for calcareous soils, flourishing best on limestone slopes and crags, and coastal climate conditions. They grow in any light soil, even on clay if well drained, but in rich soils, they are predisposed to disease and produce poorer oil than in poorer soil.

While olives have been grown in Florida for years on a small scale, they are a relatively new commercial crop here, so there is still much to be learned about the cultural requirements for keeping healthy and productive trees. Researchers have been testing olive trees as far south as Orlando.

Olive trees require a well-drained soil and a sunny position. Insufficient water will cause your tree to suffer, and even die if left too dry for too long. Choose a site that receives at least six hours of direct sun per day. Full sun is ideal.

Raw Olives. Olives, like many other kinds of produce such as potatoes and sour cherries, just aren't something that you eat raw. Unprocessed, straight off the tree, they are bitter, very bitter, and the green ones even more so than ones which have fully ripened to black.

First, place tarps under the tree or trees. Using a rake, gently dislodge the olives. Gather the olives from the tarp. If you are picking for oil, harvest all the olives in this manner and gather up any strays on the ground.

Yes, you can grow an olive pit, but there's one caveat – it has to be a “fresh” pit. Green olives are picked before ripe, while black olives are allowed to ripen on the tree.

Florida Black Olive tree, Bucida buceras. Bucida is a widely used tree in South Florida. It is claimed to be native to the upper Florida Keys, but that is disputed. Commonly known as the "Black Olive" this member of the Combretaceae family does not produce edible olives, only small, hard, seed capsules.

When grown in the traditional open-grove way, olives begin bearing fruit in the tree's fifth year and have full fruit production in seven to eight years after planting. The slow-growing trees take 65 to 80 years to reach stable yields.

In general we can say that a 100 year old olive tree costs somewhere between 250 and 1, 000 euros, excluding transport. That is nothing compared to 1, 000 year old olive trees. These old olive trees can cost tens of thousands of euros.

Rooting Process Dust the leafless part of the cutting with 0. 1 to 0. 2-percent IBA (indolebutyric acid) rooting hormone before potting them in individual 1-gallon nursery pots filled with a mix of half sand and half peat. Position the cuttings in a bright spot out of direct sunlight and mist them daily.

Growing Olives Olives may be grown outdoors if you can provide them with a sheltered, sunny position in well-drained soil – against a sunny wall is an ideal place. Plant into a gritty, well-drained soil. Container grown olives will need regular watering and feeding in order to produce fruit.

Answer: Yield depends on tree size and age, variety and growing conditions. There are reasons to keep a tree small, to facilitate picking from the ground, for instance. Some mature trees which have not been pruned can reach 40-60 feet in height and produce up to 800 kilos of olives while others only produce 50.

A readers asks whether olive trees can be grown out of doors in the Seattle area. Thanks to climate creep, the answer is probably yes. Native to the Mediterranean, olives need full sun and fairly well-drained soils, preferably loamy or on the sandy side.

Are there more than 10 varieties of olive tree? Yes, and I always find it surprising that a single tree can have so many varieties. Having said that, it is perfectly understandable. Numerous varieties exist because not all trees can survive each type of weather, terrain or disease.