keithdj at mindspring.com
Thu Sep 14 19:46:17 EDT 2000
I think the olive tree screensaver will have to suffice as olives will not grow in E
TN. IF you WERE able to grow them there you WOULD be able to grow them from cuttings (
which I did successfully in Sonoma Co. Ca.) The seeds used to germinate quite readily
beneath the parent trees in my client's landscapes, so maybe if you can find a nice
greenhouse, you can still have your wish come true. They can bear heavily on fairly
small trees and can handle hard (30%) pruning. I don't know if you could bend them
over ( like figs) and mulch them heavily and still have them survive, but, hey, try it.
It might work. To order olives, check out Cornucopia: A Sourcebook of Edible Plants,
($45 from Permaculture Activist.)
> My daughter brought back some black olives she picked from a tree in Spain,
> along with some soil. Having a long mediterranean love affair with olives,
> I was wondering if anyone knows anything about them, such as:
> How to propagate them? Can I get the olives to sprout? or should I just
> mail order a cutting from somewhere? (and where?).
> Can they live in E. Tennessee year round outside? And how long does it
> really take to get olives from them? Am I wasting my time? Should I just
> get an olive tree screen saver?
> Gene Monaco
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