Olive forest

olive forest

The Olive Bonsai is one of the best options to start with good in this world. It is a resistant plant, which can be grown in black peat without problems, and in addition, its growth can be controlled very easily. Withstands pruning, drought, high temperatures … In short, it is an off-road plant.

But How is the Olive Bonsai cared for?

Olive bonsai

Olive bonsai

To have a truly spectacular Olive Bonsai, it is advisable to take the following into account:

  • Location: it is a tree that must be outside, in full sun. In the event that in winter the temperature drops below -3ºC, it will be kept indoors in a room where a lot of natural light enters, away from drafts.
  • Irrigation: it will depend on the chosen substrate and the season of the year in which we are. For example: if we have it in very porous substrates, such as akadama, in summer we will probably have to water between 2 and 3 times a week; On the other hand, if we have it in black peat with a little perlite, it will be enough with 2 times / week for that same time.
  • Substratum: it can be 100% akadama, 70% akadama with 30% kyriuzuna, or black peat mixed with 20% perlite.
  • Subscriber: from spring to autumn it can be paid with any bonsai fertilizer, following the instructions specified on the package.
  • Pruning: at the end of winter, it must be pruned to give it shape, removing those excess branches, and trimming the others, removing 2 to 3 pairs of leaves.
  • Style: the one you like best. Fits most bonsai styles. The most appropriate are Shakkan (a single slightly sloping trunk), Sokan (a slightly sloping main trunk with a low branch) and Moyogi (trunk that makes some curves). In this other article you have more information about styles.
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So, do you dare to have an Olive Bonsai?