Zero to Minus 5°C on its way
December 4th, 2016 by Michael

The first real cold weather of the season is finally upon us but so far this looks like a pretty benign cold front in terms of olive trees planted in the ground. Unless you live in a serious cold spot on the South Coast this is just a wake-up telling us that winter is indeed upon us.


So, what to do? Well, first, if your trees have olives on them, now would be a great time to pick them. I picked some of the early maturing varieties over a month ago—Maurino, Pendolino and Frantoio were all ready to pick in the green stage). Now I’m picking all other varieties such as Carolea (pictured here in the bowl).



Beyond harvesting, now would be a good time to ensure you have placed deep mulch around the base of the trees. And if it looks like temps in your area are going below minus 5 or 6—and especially in windy locations—then wrap your trees in something plant friendly like row cover cloth or horticultural fleece. Don’t use plastic or burlap to wrap your tree.


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