Olive Tree Grafting

Olive Tree Grafting

Since olive trees are slow-growing trees and it normally takes two or three years for the germination, grafting is the common way to quicken the process of fruit production. By putting the budding twigs on some established branches on other trees, the quality of the fruits and production can be improved and the overall time for harvest can be lessened.

Before grafting the olive trees, you should pick up a budding twig as the candidate for grafting. You should choose those shoots which is about two years old with a diameter of a chopstick. To ensure the success of the grafting, you should choose more than one twig as backups. The possibility of success can be enhanced and the total time can be saved. The leaves on the budding twig should be removed and only the bug should be left. This will enable the new leaves to grow out without a problem.

Then it is time to cut the budding twig from the stem. You should choose a special grafting knife to do this job. You need to cut the twig gently by making a single cut from the branch. You can use some moist paper to hold the newly cut twig to prevent it from drying out. On the destination tree, you should make three cuts on the branches, one on the top and the other two on the side using a double-side grafting knife. Then you can put the budding twig on the destination branch and use some budding tape to tighten the grafting branch.

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