Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
Hello mr. Walter i am new in bonsai and i have a great love for olives. I would like to know how and when do you prun olives.thanks
Nikolas,simply whever something is too long. I let it grow pretty long and then cut back. This hapens throughout the vegetation period several times.
Great pot for this tree.Would you cosider this "finished" or grow the top more?-Dave
Dave,the crown will have to get larger in circumference to look more like a tree. Otherwise the trunk is just too fat - comparatively.
Hello, do you also water the olives daily as you do for other trees? I know that olives prefer to be on the dry side so I was wondering if daily water just like the restthanks
Everything in my garden ins treated the same. Agressive watering and feeding. And they do very well.
Hallo Mr. Pall. Could you explain what type of substrate did you use. Is it "yours standard 80/20" mix? I've made following mix for my two olives: gravel(30%), akadama (30%), oryginal soil from olive orchard (40% - to provide micoriza). I do not know if it's not to heavy. Could you share your experience in this subject?BRTom
Tom,I use the same substrate for all trees. the exact contennt does not matter as long as it is not soil. I absulutely would avoid any soil of the local habitat on any tree. It is not a good idea at all. It kills the effect of modern substrate. Mycorriza will come anyway and is way over rated.I would NOT use akadama with olives as is too wet. And I would NOT use gravel as it cannot work as puffer. With olives I would use 90 % modern substrate with 10 % rough peat. With large olives 100 % modern substrate.
Is it good moment (July) to exchange substrate? (Just now we have got in Poland extremely hot Summer.)
Tomasz,it is the worst time of the year to change substrate now. Just about every tree will die afterwards, even olives.Why are you asking?
As you saw my question about soil/substrate, my is very heavy. I'm observing very small growth of olive branches this year, and I'm afraid that I'll have problems with this tree late this summer/fall. I've found Spanish book about olive bonsai and transplanting is recommended in march ( what is obvious), but I'm looking for emergency way for my tree - so there is the question. As I see I should wait to the next march.
Tomasz,you can repot your olive by the beginning of September. It must not have frost in winter anyway.
Hi, beautiful tree!! How did you go about developing the fine root system on a large stump that has been hard pruned over the years? How long did it take before a bonsai pot was an option ? And last but not least, how deep were the woody roots and all, when u collected this specimen? I have a very similar honeysuckle I collected this year, and I'm a little stumped!! Hehehe thanks!!
This stump had no roots at all wehn collected. It is a cutting. They grow even wehn very large, like one meter in diameter as cuzttings. It takes a couple of years until they have good roots
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