Thursday, January 1, 2015

Journal January 1, 2015 - Forced budding

While watering the olive trees in the indoor greenhouse today, I noticed that the changes in lighting cycle, spectrum and feeding are beginning to take effect.

As can be seen in the photo above, one of the trees, a Koroneiki, is starting to set flower buds.   And, a few other varieties appear to be at least thinking about budding.  Last year, I did not see any indication of budding until late February, so this year the trees will have a really extended growing season.

All of the trees are starting to put out new growth at the tips of the branches; it is not nice to fool Mother Nature, but I just can't resist trying.

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