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Olive Progression

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Jeff Lahr:
This is an olive that I've had for about eighteen months. First photo is newly purchased (1/20/08). Second photo is first pruning (4/23/08) and final photo was shot this morning (95/5/09). As I've nursed it along it seems as though it has been pretty slow growing but while I assembled this photos, its reassuring that it has, indeed, been growing. The tree is fifteen inches tall and thirty across.

suncrush:
Cool!  I really want to do an olive.  I understand Florida is not the best spot for them though.

AlexV:
Why wouldn't Olives like Florida?  The only thing I can think of is too much rain, but the olives I had in California loved water.  I would give it a shot with a cheap one first, but my guess is they will do fine.  Besides, Florida is a big place, with lots of varying conditions, which makes it hard to say something won't work in the entire state.

suncrush:
Yeah, I've heard our 72" annual rainfall tends to drown them.  Maybe a low-absorbancy soil mix?

Jeff Lahr:
I have found my olive trees to be pretty hardy. This particular variety is called "Lil' Ollie" It looks more like a shurb than a tree. I have gotten several from different nursieries for about $80 apiece.

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