Monday, February 11, 2013

Journal February 11, 2013

One of my best performing olive varietals, in terms of growth,  is the Amfissa olive tree that I received from Greece on December 17, 2012.  The top photo shows the tree on the day I received and potted it, and the photo below was taken today, February 11, 2013

It has been necessary to pinch out the growing tips several times to keep the tree as compact as I would like it to be.  As this variety tends to produce olives fairly early, perhaps in only a year or so,  it should be interesting to see what spring and summer in the greenhouse do to this plant.

Yesterday I noticed that one of the Trilye seedlings, received from Turkey on January 14, 2013, is beginning to sprout.  When I first saw them, I really thought that they would take at least several months to come out of dormancy.

And, last but not least, the Manzanillo olive tree I call Fernando El Magnifico, is still the real star of the show.  I have removed several cuttings from the tree and pruned it a few times to control the shape.  I would like to balance the left and right sides of the tree so that they are more or less equal.  The left side of the tree has been turned away from the light to direct more growth to the right side of the tree.  Still, it is a great looking tree.

 As I expected they would, all of the olive trees are responding very well to being grown hydroponically under LED lighting.  I did a web search and did not find anyone else growing olive trees hydroponically, let alone under LED lighting.


5 comments:

Madelaine said...

Wow! You seem to be having lots of success with your olive trees. I don't suppose you can share where you got your Amfissa olive tree? I am curious if they ship to Canada.

Jack said...
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Madelaine said...

Hi Jack,
Thank you so much for the info and I grabbed his email so you can remove it if you wish. My husband has been following your blog regarding your olives and has been bugging me to get some too!

Cheers
Madelaine

Jack said...

Madeline,
The Amfissa is a good choice for growing in a container. I have seen some small trees, 24" in height, loaded with olives. I purchased the tree on eBay from a nice guy in Greece. I recall paying less then twenty dollars with about nine dollars shipping. The tree took ten days to get here but they are really hardy. There is a person from Greece selling one right now.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Olea-Europaea-Bonsai-Tree-From-Kalamata-Greece-35cm-/271146646922?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f21997d8a

The trees he has are a little pricy for me, but he does have some nice trees sometimes.

I have the email address of the person I bought mine from. If you write and say you saw the tree on my site and ask if you can buy one he may go around eBay and sell one to you. His email address is:



I am only going to leave it up for a few days so he does not get spammed from one of the programs that harvest addresses. You will definitely like the Amfissa. And, I would be willing to bet you will be the only person in your town that has one.....
Jack

Jack said...

Madeline,
In Canada you most likely want to grow them in a container. For table olives Manzanillo and Mission will work also. Arbequina also grows well in a container but the olives are small, however, the oil is said to be fantastic. There is a video on youtube showing how to make oil in a martini glass.