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From a bonsai olive from scratch

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Last fall a friend unearthed an olive tree that grows like weeds in your backyard. He figured someone might be interested in it. I figured it would be a fun project bonsai.

Black olive

Black Olive

The tree was tall and slender, but there was a little taper at the base of the trunk.

Shoots emerging from the trunk

Outbreaks emerging from the trunk base

Without the top of the tree, I’ll cut and I cut the sprouts growing from the log.

After removing the rest of the tree

After removal of most of the foliage

I bare root tree and almost all the roots is removed when repotted in winter. Since then, the tree has been growing well. You can see in the pictures below how much it has grown in the last month.

Spring growth

New foliage – 28/04/12

Spring growth

5/25/12

Olive

Oliva – 04/28/12

Olive

5/25/12

not all the new growth is desired. Shoots maintain that emerges from the base of the trunk -. A common feature olives

Spring growth

More sprouts emerging from the trunk base

Of these principles is easy to trace the path of the tree to become a bonsai. To provide an idea of ​​how I hope to develop the branches, I have included a picture of a bonsai olive shown in the exhibition Bay Island Bonsai this year.

Olive

small olive bonsai

The tree has a great rootbase, but the branches are only a few years. While my tree will not have the dramatic conical shape of the olive, the overall figure will be similar.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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