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I STAY AT HOME AND LEARN HOW TO PRUNE

I STAY AT HOME AND LEARN HOW TO PRUNE

How not to waste the precious time we now have?
Follow these 6 steps by Bonamini!

Thr pruning process is something that we have to do in order to get the trees a better shape, which without these treatments would grow like nothing but a bush, from below and to the outside. Situation that here at Frantoio Bonamini we try to avoid because in this worst scenario the most fruting branches wouldn’t get enough air and they would be damaged by the olive production.

Let’s start!

1.       Pruning technique: bye-bye to the not very productive or old branches, in order to let the tree emit more sprouts; bye-bye to what we call “polloni” and “succhioni”aka branches that don’t let the tree breath.
The best pruning technique is from top to bottom, making the most deep cuts first and then proceed with the rest.

2.       Elimination pruning or “saver” pruning?: are you pruning your trees just to cut off what it’s not necessary (heavy pruning if you cut off 30-40% of the foliage, light pruning only 15-20% is cut off) or are you pruning them just to encourage the vegetative activity of the tree?

3.       It’s cutting time: eliminate the branches that are closed to each other, those which intersect or those which are upwind, as well as the lateral branches in order to favorite the growth in the central areas. Be careful because certain cuts are only made for certain brances of the foliage.

4.       The (effective) cut: it has to be decisive otherwise you risk to weaken the tree; the cut has to be smooth and sloped in order to let the rain pour without the risk of remaining trapped and creating proliferation of insects, parasitics or fungus. Be careful with deeper cuts, they need to be treated with copper based products or healing and protective substances.

5.       Just making the tree pretty: you can also pruning the trees just to make them look pretty. Olive trees are very popular just for a ornamental purpose.

6.       When to prune?: best time around MARCH-MAY, between end of winter and start of blooming. Temperatures need to be mild otherwise it could be hard for the cuts to heal in a proper way. The pruning happens once a year, for younger trees even once every two years.
It also exists a pruning that can be done during harvest time, from October to the beginning of the new year, trying to tell apart branches which are going to be burned for heating and those which are meant for production.

No more excuses now, don’t leave your olive trees free-range!

               
 
 

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Loc. S. Giustina, 9A - Illasi - Verona - Italy
P.IVA 04166510232
Tel. +39 045 6520558 - Fax +39 045 6528133

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