Bonsai Olive Tree
Olive is a fruit bearing evergreen tree which is found mainly in the Mediterranean regions of Spain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon and Syria, and also found in parts of Asia and Africa.
The olive has deep green leaves with greyish undersides, and produces yellowish-white flowers followed by green or black fruit in late summer or early fall.
Olive Trees enjoy full sun, but can tolerate some shade. They can live outdoors in warmer climates, but cannot tolerate frost. The easiest way of propagating olive is by cutting or layering from existing plants.
Bonsai Olive Tree grows slowly, but strong; and can achieve great age, as it can resprout from its trunk, even if you cut or burn it.
It generally bears white flowers during the summer season, which is then followed by green olive fruits. The olive tree will bear fruit if the daytime temperature is kept at 60 degrees F, and the nighttime temperature is around 35 degrees F in the late summer to early fall.
- Olive is very resistant to drought conditions. Once watered properly it needs to be re watered only after it has gone completely dry.
- Every two to three years, the olive bonsai tree should be repotted and approximately one-third of the root ball trimmed.
- Wire young trees and stems that are only 2-3 years old. Wire carefully from late fall to spring; olive wood is soft and easily damaged.
- The most appropriate time to prune an Olive plant is during the spring season.
- You should consider using fertilizers for your olive bonsai, every two weeks, through the spring to autumn season. Do not fertilize for three months after repotting.