Pruning the olive trees – before and after

Olive trees after pruning tuscany italy olive oil

An overgrown olive tree on the left, and freshly pruned trees to the right

Buds are just starting to appear on some of our olive trees, meaning it’s time to wrap up the pruning. After 5 years of neglect the trees are very overgrown, but we have treated them gently and not pruned too drastically this year. This weekend was an opportunity for some last-minute trimming – cutting the trees down to a more manageable height, which will save valuable time during the harvest, and removing central branches to let the light in, which is essential for olives to develop.

Overgrown olive tree italy tuscany before pruning olive oil

Before – bushy and impossible to reach

Olive tree after pruning italy tuscany

and after.

Overgrown olive tree Tuscany Italy abandoned olive grove

Before – too tall with dense foliage

olive tree after pruning italy tuscany

and after.

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4 responses to “Pruning the olive trees – before and after

    • They’re beautiful aren’t they, so much character. We’re very lucky to have such gnarled old creatures – the ‘big freeze’ in 1985 killed most of the olive trees in Tuscany and many of the surrounding groves have much younger trees. Somehow most of ours survived – they are truly resilient.

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