We are often asked when it is best to prune. Due to the weather, this year we have had to work in the olive groves more often than usual, both in autumn and later on, in January. Usually however, the best time to prune is in late February, early March, but never before winter. Why?
The answer is simple. The environs of Verona and Lake Garda in particular are the areas furthest north where olive trees can grow. At higher latitudes, the plant would never survive the bitter cold winters. Indeed, the worst crisis in olive tree cultivation recorded in our region occurred in the late Eighteenth century and was mainly ascribable to the freezing temperatures of the time. Olive trees must therefore be protected throughout the winter, and it is best not to injure them before the cold season starts. Not only the time, but also the method of pruning is important, and we have asked a professor how we should train our local varieties… More details follow.
Not long now until Sol&Agrifood (6-9 April). Come and find us this year in Hall C Stand 20, where new things wait for you; we look forward to seeing you!