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Growing and Farming

History of the Olive

History of the Olive

History of the Olive Industry in South Africa In 1896, Raffaele Costa, the eldest of three brothers, from Genoa, arrived in South Africa, with the intention of establishing a nursery in Newlands, Cape Town, where he purchased a 4 hectare plot, which soon became...

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

This is an Olive Pit. It was Carved in 1737 A mere 3.4 cm (1.34 inches) in length and 1.6 cm (0.63 inches) tall, this carved olive pit from 1737 is one of the most intricate artworks you will see. The perfectly preserved Carved Olive-Stone Boat was crafted...

Guide to Plant Olive Trees

Guide to Plant Olive Trees

Guidance to plant Olive trees The purpose of this DVD is solely to serve a general guideline on how to plant olive trees. The idea is by no means to try to cover all the different methods there is. However – the basic principles are covered and should one stick...

Diseases

Diseases

Olive tingit – Plerochila australis (Lace Bug) This is a small grey-brown sucking insect about 4mm in length. They feed on the underside of leaves by sucking the plant sap, destroying the leaf tissue. As a result yellow spots appear on the leaf or, in the case of...

Leaf and Soil Analysis

Leaf and Soil Analysis

Nutrition – Leaf Tissue Analysis Leaf tissue analyses provide excellent information to guide a grove’s fertilization program. Late December through to early February are the months to take olive leaf samples for analyses of the grove’s nutrient status in...

Irrigation

Irrigation

Planning an Olive Irrigation System The importance of irrigating Olives There are many myths about olives circulating amongst first time growers and enthusiasts as people rush to get into another growing agricultural industry. One of the classic bits of misinformation...

Soil

Soil

Soils & Olive Nutrition The five elements that form the foundation of most soils are: calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K),sodium (Na), and aluminum (Al). Calcium Calcium is the most important element for olives. Young trees grow slowly and come into...

Collecting and Planting

Collecting and Planting

Olive Cultivars availableCoratina, Frantoio, Noccellara del Belice, Mission, Leccino, Mission, Manzanilla Cultivars new to SA: Barnea, Koroneiki, Askal, Maalot. Arbequina and Picual (For a  Descriptions of New Cultivars See “Olive Trees”  NB: See...

Olive Trees

Olive Trees

Start your future NOW Olive Trees available from O.S.A Only the best genetic material is used to propagate the young olive trees. Young trees are grown with a single stem in the nursery to make them more suitable for single leader training as well as open vase...

The Importance of Choosing the Correct Cultivar

The Importance of Choosing the Correct Cultivar

It is of critical importance to decide on the correct cultivar before planting. If the incorrect cultivar is planted it can lead to thousands of rands worth of damage in later years, and these trees will be of absolutely no value. These trees were planted years ago,...

Climatic Regions

Climatic Regions

Below are a Rainfall, Average Maximum (AV Max) and Average Minimum Temperatures (AV Min) table of Hartswater, as well as of all the major Olive Growing Regions in the World. You can compare your own data to this and should you fall within these, you stand a very good...

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