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Olives in Toronto

Kooper Aug 28, 2009 07:08 AM

After a successful summer of gardening and harvesting tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables I want to try something more ambitious. Has anyone ever had any success in planting Olive trees?

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    ErinW Nov 10, 2013 02:28 AM

    Olives can grow really well in pots. Just be prepared for a very, very slow growing tree...To fruit, olives need a certain number of days below 8 degrees C (this may vary depending on the cultivar), You will probably need 2 unrelated trees as well to get fruit as they are cross-pollinating.

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      rld Sep 16, 2009 11:54 AM

      I'm afraid anything other than an olive tree in a container (or heated greenhouse) is out of the question in Toronto. Most olive trees are only hardy to roughly -8 C, and not for sustained periods.

      Toronto cookbook author Jennifer McLagan writes about her "Mediterranean Trinity" in her blog:

      I have a fig in a container that's living on my south facing porch right now. I'd love to add an olive tree as well. I've found a very interesting company in Quebec, Flora Exotica, that sells an amazing array of exotic (by Canadian standards) plants, including olives:
      www.floraexotica.ca/Fruit.htm (second item in list


      I haven't ordered from Flora Exotica yet, so I can't comment on the company.

      1. Cremon Aug 28, 2009 08:36 AM

        I am very curious to hear the feedback from people on this too. I have been doing some reading on this - the trees need to be pruned, need to be planted in a spot with lots of drainage, etc. Also, it will be a few years before your tree starts to produce olives unless you plant one that is already 2-3 years old or more.

        I'd also be curious to see if any plant outlets like Lowes, Home Depot or Pikes Nurseries sell olive trees. I have been toying with this idea for a long time myself but haven't tried it yet. I hope this thread gets lots of responses from successful owners of hardy olive trees,

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          Nyleve Sep 16, 2009 05:34 PM

          Oddly enough I bought a tiny baby olive tree at my local Foodland just a month or so ago. I definitely don't expect it to ever bear olives, but it's cute. For sure it'll be coming inside this winter - along with my fig tree, my caper bush and my bay leaf tree. Ha. I live an hour northeast of Toronto.

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            Cremon Sep 16, 2009 08:29 PM

            I live in Georgia in the US where they say you can grow olives. Check this website: http://www.tytyga.com/product/Manzani... They sell many different olive varieties and sizes. Plus it is in Georgia not too far from where I live. The $189 version (6-7 feet tall) of it starts bearing fruit the year you plant it if it gets planted in spring. This looks very tempting - the Manzanillo tree looks like the one I want. I would like to pick some green (for martinis and such - even though pickling them can be a nightmare - you need lime (not the fruit but the alkaline solution) to get the bitter flavor out). And the black (ripe) olives are perfect for salt (also called oil cured) curing.

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