Question: HELP ON OLIVE BONSAI
I have always fascinated the bonsai world but I have absolutely no idea apart from garden etc. how can you move in this wonderful world.
Now I have decided to do it and I bought half an hour ago about this olive tree (I post the pictures below)
Now I wanted to make it become a bonsai or repot it in a nicer bonsai pot and then correct some branches to do it a little like I would like.
Except that before repotting it I absolutely wanted to ask you for advice to do a job well done right from the start.
I state that I would like to keep it at home (is it possible ??) that someone is always at home so the shutters are open.
So I kindly asked you the instructions to change the vessel with annexes and connected so as to make the new house suitable for the plant, then advice on the pot ... how to do ... what land to use or keep what it has now? add something? to fix the roots? on everything guys ... I really thank you in advance ... I would like to do everything today so the plant is immediately acclimatized already in the new house, always if obviously it is right to do it or given the plant itself is not the moment yet ... I don't know I ask everything to you ... thanks really a lot. I would like to attach photos but I can't get the trunk wide about 4cm in diameter either. the roots are not seen in the dough.
Answer: HELP ON BONSAI OLIVO
a first consideration on the choice of the plant: if you can keep a bonsai only at home, you should choose a houseplant, like a carmona, or a ficus retusa, a serisse; this is because olive trees are garden plants, and even if cultivated as bonsai, apartment life is excessively stressful, as the climate does not present the correct succession of the seasons, and in winter there is a decidedly excessively hot climate; in addition to the temperatures, in the apartment the air is always excessively dry, and therefore most plants suffer a lot at home, they lose their leaves, they take on a sad and sad appearance, they don't bloom, they don't produce fruit. In addition to this, the olive tree is a Mediterranean plant, which needs excellent insolation, with direct sunlight for most of the day, and at home it also becomes difficult to guarantee the correct lighting for a plant. Therefore, in my opinion, it is not the case to bonsaize your olive tree, unless you can at least keep it on the terrace, where it will enjoy direct sun, and air that can be enjoyed outdoors, with the correct sequence of seasons. If you can cultivate the olive on the terrace, before moving from a small shrub to the bonsai you will have to begin to conform the foliage and to contain the root system, cutting a part of it and placing the plant in a low bowl, if not already in a bonsai pot. The period from the end of April until about mid-May is the best time to prune the olive tree, I mean the training pruning; instead the sprouting of the shoots is carried out periodically during the vegetative season: every time the small branches reach 3-4 new leaves, they cimano leaving only a couple of new leaves. For repotting instead it is a little late, because it is generally done in late winter, in the months of January and February, or even in autumn; but if your olive tree is in that kind of sad agglomeration where plants are often found in nurseries, it would be advisable to repot the same, without excessively damaging the root system, so as to move it already into a bowl, where the new roots will grow in width rather than in depth; for now avoid bonsai pots, and prefer a low and wide bowl. I avoid giving you further suggestions because if you decide to dedicate yourself to the art of bonsai you are prepared to learn a lot of things, and to study well how to do them: unfortunately it is precisely an art, which cannot be improvised with some brief suggestions. If you then decide to grow an indoor bonsai, and therefore to give up the olive tree, I suggest you do some study before buying the plant, so as to choose the bonsai that can live better in the climate in your home . If, on the other hand, you decide to cultivate the olive tree, look online for some photographs of bonsai olive trees, especially those of amateurs, not those of professionals who depict secular trees; in this way you will have a look at how your olive tree should look after years of breeding like bonsai, so you can understand what steps you take to reach that shape.