Olive Pollinating Duo

Olea europaea ssp. europaea L

Combining two of our most popular Spanish olive varieties, this high yielding pollinating duo is a winning combination of oil and fruit. Contains 1x Olive 'Hojiblanca' which can be pickled both green or black, and 1x 'Picual' an excellent mid-late season variety with exceptional cold tolerance.

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Olive Pollinating Duo

Both of these Spanish varieties produce medium size fruit late in the season, with 'Hojiblanca' prized for its fruit, while 'Picual' is grown for its oil, offering you the best of both worlds.

How to grow

Olives grow well in areas with hot dry summers and cold winters. They prefer a lime rich soil with a pH of 7 or above and require good drainage. Whilst often seen as a drought-resistant tree, olives do require adequate water at flowering and fruit set to ensure good crops. If they are not irrigated, they tend to form a biennial cropping pattern. With a shallow root system, olives prefer a weed-free area below their canopy to reduce competition for both water and nutrients. Fertilise in autumn and spring by spreading an application of well-rotted chicken or cow manure over the soil out to the canopy drip-line. Olive trees fruit best in an open vase shape and should be pruned accordingly. Leave three to four branches and always remove any water shoots on the inside and any suckers at the base.

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