Sunday, January 25, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
At this point, the plant is about four inches high and has several trusses with flowers. Using a small artist brush, I pollinate the flowers a few times a day to ensure that the plant sets fruit.
The changes to the photoperiod and spectrum intended to get the olive trees to flower have had the desired effect, as two varieties are indeed flowering. An added bonus is that the Bougainvillea plant is also flowering.
The Bougainvillea flowers are not exactly beautiful, but any flower in January has to be appreciated.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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.