Tithoreon Elaion

Olive Oil Association of Western Locris

The first 2-3 years from planting, until the trees reach the final desired height (2.1 to 2.5 m), the pruning is limited to the removal of all lateral shoots that grow from the main trunk, from the ground up and 60 cm.

All the side shoots that grow higher than 6 cm, and have lively upward trend are also removed and they can:

  • Compete with fruitful shoots in nutrients.
  • Form unwanted two-trunk or multi-trunk trees distorting the desired monocone shape.

Later, during the third or fourth year, after the trees have reached the desired height, the backbone is cut(beheaded) to 2.1 to 2.5 meters.

Also, after the first harvest, we start pruning by hand to the back of the trunk all those shoots that bear fruit and extend between the lines.

Thus, the young olive seedlings are shaped monocones, with a single main stem and final height of 2.3 to 2.8 meters.

In no case, however, they are formed in the shape of a "bush".