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I have a young olive tree and need help with a couple things.

1 - when is the right time to spray it to make the tree fruitless? I ordered a fruitless tree but the distributor screwed up. I noticed olives growing months back. Now it looks like it's about to bloom again and I want to handle it properly. Do I spray when the flowers are about to form, open, wait for the actual olives to show up? Here are some pics of where it's at:





2 - How do I prune my tree? I've watched videos however most are about yielding a good crop of fruit. I assume I should trim and shorten the long branches, especially the tall ones at the top? Most importantly, do I chop off the thick branches that are shooting off from the trunk and at the base? To leave only the main trunk and cut a neat round "bush" up top?







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Thanks, I appreciate the article. It's similar to others I've seen, it's just hard to determine when the buds are open enough, I'm not familiar with this. I think it's actually the right time now, I think I'll spray it this weekend.

Rip it out? Lol, I don't think I will do that. I probably should've pressed the issue more with the landscaper. I probably still can but they're just not responsive at this point, so I'm stuck with it. It was expensive.

Reading that, I see that I can spray it sometime in March as well, which will stop the flowers as well. I don't care to have the flowers bloom actually, so I'll try that next year if this round doesn't work.

Any help concerning the other large branches? Do those get cut off?
 

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I’d get rid of all those vertical shoots Around the base, top the tree, and reduce the length of that one long branch in the last pic.

If you are going to be spraying all the flowers, you need to be able to hit them with the spray. Not only this year, but every year in the future. Keeping that in mind may help you decide whether or not something should be taken out, shortened or topped.

When in doubt, take it out.

Fruiting olive trees are great when someone is taking care of them. But a lot of people don’t because it is time consuming to do so. The timing is on the trees schedule, not yours.

When not taken care of, they are one of the messiest trees you can own.
 

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I’d get rid of all those vertical shoots Around the base, top the tree, and reduce the length of that one long branch in the last pic.
Thanks. And just to be sure, that long branch you mentioned in the last pic, is one of the shoots coming from the base. I'd be getting rid of it (not shortening it) when I cut all those. Right? I just don't want to cut and ruin anything. But it does seem like it needs to be shaped.

I didn't realize the process needed to be repeated every year. That's awful. Hmm. I suppose I can look into selling it as Nik mentioned. It all seems like a lot of work either way. Thinking about the place I purchased it from is making me angry, a bad review of their business is definitely warranted. :vs_mad:

Olive trees are so pretty and my wife loves it too. We haven't dealt with a real season of fruit yet so I don't know how tough it'll be to deal with yet. We'll see, if I can't get the process to work.

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Because of the power line proximity it will need to eventually be topped and made ugly as homemade sin anyway so you may as well sell it or make fire wood of it before you have to spend more money to have it professionally removed.
 

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Because of the power line proximity it will need to eventually be topped and made ugly as homemade sin anyway so you may as well sell it or make fire wood of it before you have to spend more money to have it professionally removed.
Well, that left wire is not as close as it seems in the pic, that's the power line. The one to the right is above the tree but it's a cable TV provider. Not great, but I'm not that worried about it.

I trimmed and pruned the tree today, looks good. I think I'll hold off on turning it into fire wood, thanks.
 
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