I just wondered which is the best way to plant an actual olive. I've gathered together a few small olives, picked direct from a tree in Italy last week.
As olives are rarely grown from seeds, you are not going to find much in the way of information on this one. Most trees are grown from rooted cuttings off an existing tree.
Growing an olive from fresh olives is usually a frustrating experience as very few germinate but a tree dropping thousands of olives over hundreds of years will produce many seedlings as most tree owners will attest. Olives do not need to pass through the intestine of some exotic animal before sprouting like some peculiar species. The olive must have ripened to a black color on the tree to sprout, and of course can't have been pickled or salted in any way.
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