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  • From: "Lon J. Rombough" <>
  • To: NAFEX <>
  • Cc: Hector Black <>
  • Subject: [NAFEX] Re: olive trees found in Bulgaria
  • Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 18:30:38 -0800

Title: Re: olive trees found in Bulgaria
Though I've never tried propagating olives, they were traditionally grown from rooted cuttings.  They were brought into cultivation very early and that is one earmark of just about all the first fruits to be cultivated - they would grow from cuttings, plants like figs, grapes, and olives.  Historically, the Romans planted many olive orchards that way - long cuttings were thrust into the ground and kept watered and cared for, and they would root and grow.  With that in mind, I would imagine that olive cuttings would probably root pretty well with bottom heat in a light, well-drained medium.
-Lon Rombough
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From: hector black <>
Reply-To: hector black <>, North American Fruit Explorers <>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 15:56:42 -0800
To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] olive trees found in Bulgaria at -4'F

I'll be dipped! That really does look like an olive.  I don't know anything about propagation.  Any information about the size and quality of the fruit?  With global warming, we should be able to grow them in many places although I know they don't like high humidity.  I have a correspondent in Croatia who told me about a hardy olive they had, but he couldn't remember where he had seen it.  Maybe in Bulgaria??  That's a great find, in any case, Mark.  Must be something, somewhere on propagation - California Rare Fruit Growers should have some info.
   Hector Black, zone 6 middle TN

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