Characteristics of the Leccino olive tree
The olive Leccino looks like an aesthetically very pleasant tree and can reach large dimensions. One of its peculiarities is the fact that it has falling branches that recall, in some way, those of a weeping willow. The foliage is thick and expanded. The inflorescence is rather short and the flowers are large. Ovarian abortion is less than 10%. The maturation is early and the olives, present in small groups of 3-5, do not offer much resistance to detachment.
There seasonal production olives of this variety are very high and are often quite large. This olive has characteristics that are not found in other varieties. It stands out, first of all, because, during the winter months, it is able to withstand fairly low temperatures. This plant, born in Tuscany, is certainly one of the most rustic varieties among those grown in our country. Olive tree Leccino ">
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Leccino olive oil
The plant is widespread in Italy and also known abroad. The olives harvested before complete maturation give a high quality oil, fresh, fruity and fragrant. Olives harvesting in more advanced times, on the other hand, can produce an oil that is less strong but with a sweet and round taste.
However, in most cases, the oil obtained from Leccino will be neutral and not too aromatic, with a bitter and slightly spicy aftertaste. Some connoisseurs recognize in the oil of this variety, especially in certain vintages, aromas of basil and mint, artichokes and almonds. The color of this oil is golden yellow with greenish shades.
The oil yield of this variety reaches a maximum of 21%. Many times the oil is mixed with oils of other varieties with a more intense taste with the aim of obtaining a more valuable product.
Olive cultivation Leccino
The olive Leccino produces high quality black olives with a sweet and light taste. Another characteristic of this variety is the possibility of being cultivated in pots. The seedling will be supported by a 40-50 cm stem, in a container of sufficient capacity. The olive tree in pot can be used as a single ornamental plant or together with others in balconies and terraces or other pots and planters.
The decorative value of the plant is remarkable and it is due both to the beautiful foliage and the thick crown and the aesthetics of its fruiting. The olive tree flowers in spring and is harvested in autumn, in November. its cultivation provides for a sunny position sheltered from cold currents. The soil is preferable to be clayey-calcareous, fresh and well drained, although the plant is also suitable for stony soils.
Olivo leccino: Fertilization, irrigation and other crop needs
Before planting it is necessary to carry out a bottom fertilization with manure and mineral fertilizers. Furthermore, even at the beginning of spring it is good to carry out a complete fertilization both mineral and organic. This crop grows rather well with little water but in recent times it is preferred to supply water to obtain greater production.
The watering, drip and micro-rain, will be regular but not abundantand let the soil dry before repeating the operation. The ornamental olive tree is pruned when young, to give it a harmonious shape, then over time the damaged or dried branches are removed.
The productive pruning will be limited to the elimination of part of the branches that have borne fruit and to thin out the younger ones. The olive harvest can be done by hand by shaking the branches and branches with the pole and letting the fruit fall on the net placed at the base of the tree.