From Nursery Plant to Bonsai: Big Size Olive Tree Bonsai Pruning!

In episode 05 of Mediterranean Bonsai we’re getting in a phenomenal panorama of Lesvos island and we’re pruning an olive tree from nursery inventory that we will be able to change into in an overly stunning bonsai.



Olea is a genus of about 20 species within the circle of relatives Oleaceae, local to heat temperate and tropical areas of southern Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australasia. They are evergreen bushes and shrubs, with small, reverse, whole leaves. The fruit is known as a drupe. There are actually masses of cultivars of olive tree. Much like apples, bushes with other fruit traits had been advanced over masses of years. The species could be very variable and no two tree ever appear to be moderately the similar.

Olea sylvestris, the wild-olive, has been regarded as by way of quite a lot of botanists a legitimate species and a subspecies of the cultivated olive tree, Olea europea, which is a tree of a couple of origins that was once domesticated, it now seems, at quite a lot of puts all the way through the fourth and 3rd millennia BCE, in picks drawn from various native populations. The wild-olive (Ancient Greek kotinos), which historical Greeks outstanding from the cultivated olive tree, was once used to model the olive wreath awarded victors on the historical Olympic video games. The historical and sacred wild-olive tree of Olympia stood close to the Temple of Zeus, patron of the video games.

Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump, Straight Line, Group planting, Saikei


Full solar in summer season, much less in iciness. Requires 1000 Lux as an indoor plant. Leaves can face up to temperatures down to 43F; the roots dislike freezing temperatures, despite the fact that survival at temperatures down to 25F has been reported. Considered to be hardy in zone 9. The olive can also be effectively grown as an indoor plant, however it’s best to stay it open air in the summertime, and will have to be saved underneath 64F in iciness. To inspire fruiting, the plant will have to be saved for a number of weeks with nightly temperatures of 35F and day by day temperatures of 60F.

Water totally, however stay fairly dry. Reduce watering in iciness. The olive get pleasure from day by day misting.

Every two weeks from spring to autumn. Do now not fertilize for 3 months after repotting. Use liquid bonsai fertilizer or half-strength normal objective plant Food. It can get pleasure from an addition of pulverized natural fertilizer in mid-spring.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:
Olive have a troublesome popularity when it come to department pruning. If pruning is performed all the way through spring and grown season. Resultant enlargement across the minimize can also be energetic. The best possible time to prune for tree form is all the way through fall. In younger bushes prune smaller again to the final two or 3 whorls. Do now not prune if temperature fall underneath 10C. Stem pruning and pinching encourages smaller leaves and shorter internodes. With older bushes pinch when department continues to be green or is sort of violaceous getting rid of final couple of leaves.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:
Repot each 2-3 years in spring, as buds sprout. Trim about 1/3 of the basis ball, and take away a proportional collection of the outdated leaves. If extra drastic root pruning is wanted, entire defoliation is suggested. Repot in free-draining, fairly calciferous soil.

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11 thoughts on “From Nursery Plant to Bonsai: Big Size Olive Tree Bonsai Pruning!”

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  2. Γειά σου συμπατριώτη!Πολύ ωραία η δουλειά,όπως και τα μέρη που πηγαίνεις!Χελώνες έχει στην Αχλαδερή φέτος;

  3. Πριν από ένα χρόνο κάτω στο κτήμα στην Κορινθία μου έφερε ένας φίλος καμμιά εικοσαριά ρίζες από αγριελιές, εληές ,πεύκα και τέσσερις μπουκαμβίλιες όλα χαμηλά κομμένα και με χοντρό κορμό.Ολως περιέργως πιάσανε όλα στις γλάστρες και το λέω διότι το καλοκαίρι δεν είμαι εκεί για να τα ποτίζω συχνά.Τελικά είναι ανθεκτικά δέντρα οι εληές και τα πεύκα και κάνουν για μπονσάι. Θα κάνω ένα bonsai landscape με όσα μπορώ και τα υπόλοιπα θα πάνε για trade.Nάσαι καλά φίλε να μαθαίνουμε πραματάκια.

  4. I'm giving you a thumbs up because there aren't any other videos on pruning an olive tree, or very few. This one at least has a mature trunk. However the drum music was pretty. However, in a YouTube video of this nature, I would have appreciated if you discussed the type of tree and how it makes its main branches. Further, no discussion of male and female trees. On top of that, you do not discuss horizontal and vertical branches nor their differences. And you prune the tree but there is no verbal philosophy behind it. No "meta" discussion. AF

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