How are olives grown?

Olive trees are said to live up to five centuries, and if you cut them off, they will quickly sprout back. Imagine in that long; you may inherit taking care of olive trees from your ancestors. 

Olive fruits belong to the drupe family and are related to mangoes, almonds, cherries, peaches, and the list never ends. Imagine how lucky you are to grow some olives in your yard.

Then you question yourself, how are olives grown? How do you take care of it? Here is the growth cycle of olives.

This cycle usually happens around Mediterranean countries. During January, the dormancy period starts. It is the period wherein the olive tree has no fruits or bearings. When February drops, the olive trees begin to grow some floral sprouts for about twenty up to twenty-five days, or it can be one to three months later, depending on your location. March is when the flower buds will start to appear, and you will wait until May for the flowers to begin to bloom.

The flowers will start to develop when June comes. Its petals will fall, then the base of the olive fruit will be visible. Pump it with water to see it grow bigger. 

You will see improvements in the olive fruit’s sizes from August to September, much bigger now. Then finally, when October comes, the olive fruits have reached their adult stage, they will start to mature and ripen. 

At the time you waited for December to come, your olive fruits can now be harvested. Please take note that when your olive fruits appear to be in color black or dark purple, it is indeed ripe and ready to harvest. The green color appearance of olive fruits corresponds to that it is still young and unripe.

And the cycle continues. Happy harvesting!