Bonsai

Olive tree bonsai?


Question: olive tree bonsai?


Hi, my name is dino and I wanted to know if a 30cm-high olive tree can become a bansai and how can I put it in a vase.
thanks


Answer: olive tree bonsai?


Dear Dino,
with the term "cacciatura" I think you mean a basal sucker, or a straight and vigorous branch that develops from the roots, near the stem, and that must be removed to prevent it from intercepting a part of the mineral salts absorbed by the roots and which should be addressed to the mother plant; or it is a sucker, or one of those straight and vigorous branches, which steal nourishment from the plate, as well as rendering the hair unsightly; in both cases, these branches must be removed from your olive tree, and you can take advantage of this fact by thinking of using them to create bonsai. You can think of margottarli, or of having them root when they are still attached to the mother plant; the layering is prepared by carving the bark at the base of the branch, at the point where it is desired to cut, then the live wood is dusted with a rooting hormone and wet soil is placed on the incision; the soil should be covered with a paper bag or with several layers of film, so that it remains well attached to the branch. When you see roots growing in the plastic, the layering can be detached from the mother plant and moved into a vase. Or you can use the branches already cut as cuttings; only the thin and woody tips are used as cuttings, as they tend to root more easily; also in this case the use of rooting hormone is to be recommended; olive cuttings are made in late spring or late summer. When you have obtained a small healthy and luxuriant plant from your cuttings, or from your layering, you can evaluate the possibility of raising it as a bonsai; proceed for a few years holding the prebonsai in a common cooked bowl, with rich, fertile and very well drained soil; the formation of the crown of the future bonsai can start already when the plant is small; but first of all you will need to know in advance what the final shape of your bonsai will be, so as to be able to determine the steps to be implemented in order to obtain the bonsai you want. Consider that the shape of a bonsai is initially determined by the normal course of the prebonsai, which is however modified according to those that are your tastes, so before starting to cut branches or bend others, look at some bonsai photos, so you can figure out where you want to go with your new plant. In any case, consider that the first operations to prepare a prebonsai are light pruning interventions, it is more important to make sure that your plant is in full health and develops a beautiful healthy and robust root system.