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Question: when do you prune olive trees?

when is the pruning period of the olive trees?


Prune the olive trees: Answer: prune the olive trees

Dear Giancarlo,

the pruning of the olive trees is practiced at the end of winter, a little before the new shoots begin to develop, but when the minimum temperatures no longer have particular changes downwards; therefore the time of pruning varies from region to region, but also from year to year, depending on the succession of seasons. Typically it is practiced starting from the second half of February, until late March; with obvious advances in the southern regions. The type of pruning then depends on many factors; olive trees are often seen pruned in the gardens as in the olive groves; in fact if our olive tree has purely decorative purposes, and is located in a flowerbed in the garden, pruning will be carried out with the sole purpose of removing the branches damaged by frost or bad weather, in order to avoid leaving dead wood and open wounds tree. Different is the pruning that is practiced in the olive groves, which is carried out to promote a good balance between old wood and new shoots, good solar lighting of all branches, not excessively high development, replacement of old branches and balanced production of olives, which remains constant over the years. All these practices are carried out to encourage the production of olives, and are not strictly necessary for the good health and the correct development of the tree. So if your olive tree is decorative in the garden, you may not need to prune any branches. Certainly a fundamental operation consists in removing the broken branches, in order to then close all the possible scratches, tears, cuts present on the branches and on the trunk, so that they are not a vehicle for fungal or bacterial diseases; to close these wounds, pruning putty is used, which is mainly made up of vinyl glue and fungicide with a broad spectrum of action.

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