Look at the buds breaking on our trees. This allows us to tell when the growth season will start. The date at which growth starts is normally determined by the trees’ own bio-cycle and the extent of the previous winter’s temperature-drop. The olive tree is the only fruit tree that is evergreen, and therefore also the only fruit tree of which the harvest is a result of the previous year’s growth, and not the current year’s. For more about harvest prep, read our post at www.olivefactory.co.za.
To ensure that we farm in an agriculturally sustainable way at Dal Rivier, we select our processes in a biologically sensitive way. For example: • No pesticides are applied to fruit and pests are controlled by strengthening the natural health of the tree by all natural means. Annual leaf analysis is done which will show up any deficiencies. These are then addressed in the ensuing year’s fertilization program. #sustainableagriculture Read the full post at www.olivefactory.ie.
Annual Growth Cycle of the olive tree in South Africa A: Bud Differentiation B: Flowering C: Fruit Set D: Fruit Growth E: Pit Hardening F: Colouring G: Ripening H: Flower Initiation Orange: Active Vegetative Growth Yellow: Reduced Vegetative Growth Blue: Resting Period #olivefarm