Olive tree propagation and pollination


Propagation and Pollination of Olive Trees

The propagation of olive tree by seed and asexually is relatively easy. The propagation by seed is not recommended for commercial use, because the varieties of olives may differ significantly from the variety of the seed. Moreover, the plants-seedlings are characterized by very long period of juvenility, resulting in remarkable delay of fruition. The olive tree is asexually propagated by rooted suckers, spheroblasts, cuttings and grafting.

Most varieties of olive trees are self-fertile, meaning that you can get fruit by having just one tree. Pollen from the anthers (the male part of the plant) is transferred to the stigma (the female part of the plant) of the same tree. However, there are some varieties of olive trees that are not self-fertile. Those varieties need another tree or sometimes more than one tree for pollination, not of the same variety. The olive tree pollen is transferred primarily by wind. Research findings recommend that growers plant at least three olive varieties in close proximity in their farms to promote some cross-pollination, which has been found to increase yield by at least 10%.

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1. Olive Tree Information

2. Growing Olive Trees

3. Are olive farms profitable?

4. Alternate Bearing in Olive Trees

5. Olive Trees Propagation and Pollination

6. Olive Tree Growing Requirements

7. Olive Tree Soil Requirements

8. Planting Olive Trees

9. Olive Trees Fertilization

10. Olive Tree Irrigation Requirements

11. Olive Tree Pruning

12. Harvesting Olives

13. Olive Tree Diseases

14. Q&As Olives

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