Olive Cultivars available
Coratina, Frantoio, Noccellara del Belice, Mission, Leccino, Mission, Manzanilla
Cultivars new to SA: Barnea, Koroneiki, Askal, Maalot. Arbequina and Picual
Collecting and Planting
When collecting your trees personally from the nursery, always make sure that a covered vehicle is used (or shade netting is available to cover them completely) trees will suffer from windburn if exposed. The fast growing tips are soft plant tissue and must be cared for. The combination of wind force and high air temperatures can cause extreme stress to the young trees if transported in open top vehicles.
When the trees arrive you need to do two things:
There is no need to place the trees in a shade house on arrival. We regularly have winter temperatures down to minus 3 degrees Celsius at Olives South Africa and sometimes down to minus 5 degrees Celsius. If you regularly receive frosts below minus 5 degrees Celsius, and are planning to take delivery of your trees during winter and hold them in pots until warmer weather, then you may want to place the trees under the partial cover of a large shade tree or on the western side of a shed, to protect them from frost damage. Other ways to prevent frost damage is to have your irrigation set up and available to the trees whenever needed in order to keep them stress free.
Once your trees are in the ground, watering is reduced to approximately once per week. In extremely hot periods, a light top up of water to the top few centimetres of soil in the middle of the week may be necessary.
Organic Olive Production
What is Organic Growing?
Organic growers use no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
They replace these energy-expensive, ecologically damaging inputs with natural ground-rock fertilizers, composted manures and plant residues, seaweed extracts, biological controls and natural and botanical pesticides.
Because organic growers do not have access to the synthetic pesticides, creating a healthy growing environment, with effective natural biological controls, is essential.