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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Charlestonbonsai on October 21, 2013, 04:51 PM

Title: Common olive
Post by: Charlestonbonsai on October 21, 2013, 04:51 PM
Purchased this lumpy olive and am wondering when to cut it back here.
Title: Re: Common olive
Post by: bwaynef on October 21, 2013, 10:02 PM
The only "tropical" I have is a true olive.  (It was a gift.  The symbolism!)  That said, I've treated it as nothing other than a potted plant.  Regardless, I'd imagine you probably want to wait to prune/chop this one 'til spring unless you have a good indoor setup.
Title: Re: Common olive
Post by: Sorce on October 22, 2013, 05:18 AM
After you move your hand, so you don't hurt yourself.   ;D

 I would cut those dead branches close now, and see if you trigger any budding.

  Then whack it in spring, before it wastes any energy on growth where you don't want it.

 That is a nice start!
Title: Re: Common olive
Post by: Judy on October 22, 2013, 08:52 AM
I don't know if this is the same type of olive I have, but I only prune during growth periods.  You are a far different climate than me, but wouldn't prune (in my zone) till next summer.  I think I would go lower, just where the interest of the trunk ends.  They generate a lot of growth quickly I've found if they are happy. I have a short thread on mine posted here, you will see what I mean.
Title: Re: Common olive
Post by: John Kirby on October 22, 2013, 11:29 AM
Judy, you have it right. Repot and work hard during the hottest months. when it grows in spring it doesn't waste energy it converts sunlight in to growth and stored energy. Let it push and get strong, then cut it back. July 4th might be a really good day, hot and long day.
Title: Re: Common olive
Post by: Charlestonbonsai on October 22, 2013, 04:00 PM
Thanks, I would have chopped it now and probably would have killed it because my book says that it can be pruned any time of year. By the way this is a fruitless olive. You can't see, but the nebari spread out nicely and are 3 inches across.
Title: Re: Common olive
Post by: Herman on October 22, 2013, 05:48 PM
I only have experience with our indigenous wild olive (olea europea var africana) over here we prune only when the tree is strong and only in the growing season. The reason for this is that our wild olive has the tendency to "sulk". The tree will throw off any remaining leaves and ceade to grow for extended periods of time. I had an olive that sulked for two years before it pushed new growth. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't lose hope if it does not push new growth in spring. ..just make sure not to over water. 

Good luck