Bring breathtaking bonsai olive trees to your home or patio. They are well known for bringing peace and joy to their caretaker.
Olive trees are very conducive to being grown as bonsai trees. They are shorter in stature and naturally gnarled and twisted through their trunk and branches.
Even better, they will still bear olive fruit if properly cared for. This fruit can be enjoyed on its own or added to cocktails. It can also be turned into olive oil, which offers great health benefits.
Bonsai Olive Tree
Olive trees are also known as "Common Olive" or "European Olive" trees. The can be as small as several inches in height or as tall as a couple of feet.
The leaves of the bonsai olive tree are silvery and long, and they stand out against the tree's beautiful white bark. It will also produce white flowers during its second year of branch growth.
Olive bonsai trees are generally known to be relatively hearty. They can tolerate inadequate soil, high temperatures, drought, and they love the sun.
It is recommended that you begin growing your bonsai tree indoors, although to encourage the growth of olives, you should keep your tree at a temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months. Many people will keep the tree on a screened porch or other protected area during those months.
If you would like to transplant your tree to your outside garden, this is best done during the summer months.
Before you begin these steps, select an attractive container for your tree. Place a piece of screen or mesh in the bottom to prevent the soil from falling out when you plant the tree.
Add an inch or two of soil to the bottom, then follow these steps to prepare your tree:
1. Select and purchase a tree. Look for a tree that is healthy and has ample foliage.
2. Use pruners to trim the plant down until you can see more of the main trunk as well as the formation of the branches on the side you plan to display.
3. Your goal in pruning is to make the plant look like a miniature tree, but remember to plan your cuts carefully!
4. Prepare a small bucket of water.
5. Take the tree out of its container and place its root ball in the bucket.
6. Let the root ball soak for a few minutes, and then GENTLY remove the soil from around the roots.
7. Trim the roots until they are half to two-thirds of their original size.
8. Plant the tree in the container you prepared.
9. Water and top off with attractive rocks or gravel.
There are many ways to enjoy bonsai olive trees. You can put it on display in a central part of your living room or kitchen, and you can also enjoy it for its myriad of health benefits.