Fruit Bearing Olive Trees


Old 05-13-05, 10:48 AM
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Fruit Bearing Olive Trees

I have 3 beautiful black olive trees in my front yard. However, when they bear fruit, they are extremely messy. Is it possible to stop the trees from bearing fruit without harming or killing them?

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Old 05-13-05, 05:24 PM
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Remove the flowers to prevent fruiting.
Old 05-17-05, 04:41 PM
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Olive trees never bear fruit in the same place twice and usually bear on the previous year's growth. Pruning recommendations are for a single trunk, prune suckers and any branches growing below the point where branching is desired. For the gnarled effect of several trunks, stake out basal suckers and lower branches at the desired angle. Prune flowering branches in early summer to prevent olives from forming.

Or, you can use a plant growth regulator to prevent fruit formation by applying it thoroughly to flowers during bloom. The chemical will cause the flowers to drop so that fruit will not be produced. Application timing is critical for effective fruit suppression. Growth regulators are available at home-and-garden stores. Any fruit that develops can be picked from the tree. Any fruit that falls to ground should be picked up and destroyed or buried at least four inches deep.

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