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5 Factors to Consider when establishing an Olive Grove
1) Why are you starting a grove? Is it for business, lifestyle or a combination? What is your plan? i.e. What do you want to achieve? 

2) Site Selection: When choosing a site for your grove, ask yourself - Is the climate & soil suitable for growing olives? How far away is your nearest contract processor & other service providers? Is the property, trees and facilities accessible to contractors? Is water available? Is there room for future expansion? When choosing an existing grove - Is the grove producing? If not, do you have the budget/means of turning it around? 

3) Table Olives or Oil? This is an important question that will help you choose olive varieties,pruning techniques & tree spacing. Consider: What is your potential consumer demand? 

4) Varietal Selection: Variety suitability is fundamental to your grove's success. Choose varieties that will succeed in your environment. (i.e. Some varieties are more frost tolerant, some are intended just as table olives while others are for oil & each is considered to have its own unique characteristics) When looking at existing groves, ensure you know what varieties are planted. 

5) Tree Spacing. Even at this stage it is important to think about how you will harvest your future crop as this can affect how you space your trees. 

Further resources for new olive growers: 
Amandabaileyonolives.blog This blog contains plenty of free information on all aspects of production and is constantly being updated and added to.

Books and DVDs This section of our website contains many books available for purchase. For new growers, The Olive Centre recommends 'The Olive Production Manual'. For those who require more technical information, see the comprehensive 'Olive Growing' book.

Grove consulting - Have your grove assessed by a world-class olive expert, Marcelo Berlanda, for recommendations that could help you achieve higher yields and healthier crops.

Testing Services for soil and leaf analysis are also available, allowing you to assess the nutritional status of your grove.

Industry Directories - Discover who your nearest contractors and processors are. Get to know your local associations.

Australis Plants - If you are looking to plant a new grove, see Greg and Julie from Australis. They have advice on what varieties will be suitable for your area, and can supply trees from their nursery.

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