Question for greenman 28/josh

rina_March 5, 2012

Josh

you posted some photos on peapod13/journal thread; is that an olive tree in backroung of last photo? If yes, any suggestions - I have 3 of them, would appreciate some ideas about growing/shaping.

Suggestions from anybody are welcomed.

Thnx.

Rina

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Howdy, Rina! Good eye ;-)

That's an Olea e. 'Skylark Dwarf' - a fruitless olive. I'm growing it in bonsai fashion,
although it doesn't make a very convincing bonsai...yet.

I have it in a wide, shallow terracotta pot, in a mix of Fir bark, pumice, perlite, and quartzite.
The best growth I've seen has been when I fertilize regularly - less often than my citrus,
but more often than my maples or conifers.

Josh

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 6:33PM
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rina_

Josh

thank you; I have these 3 & not sure what to do with them. Do not know name - they were gifted to me; aparently mother plant bears fruit. I did not really fertilize them last year, but 2 larger ones grown quite a bit (they doubled in size). 3rd was very tiny, I didn't think it will survive since it had only one hair-like root. Photos are not that great.


Thank you for looking.
Rina

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 1:17AM
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Josh

if you have any photos of your olive, would you mind posting them? I would like to see how you pruned so far.

Thnx.
Rina

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 7:35PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Hi, Rina, I'll see if I have any photos of my olive.
I haven't done much pruning, other than to remove crossing branches. Last Winter, my olive lost its leaves,
and so now I'm focusing on rebuilding foliage and overall health.

When I first received the olive, I thought it might be fun to prune it in the shape of a Menorah,
but I've abandoned that plan. I'm just going to grow it, then chop it back when it's large enough.

About your pics....as with your Jade pics, I can't get these to expand on my home browers.
However, I'm on my prep period at school now, and so I'm able to view them. I would think your
first priority should be re-potting these trees in a porous, free-draining mix.

Josh

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 12:58PM
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Josh

thank you. I understand that they need repot, but not sure about timing - is it OK to do it now? I thought that around Father's day would be appropriate.

http://s1168.photobucket.com/albums/r488/Rina_TO/Olives%20Feb%202012/

I appreciate you taking time to answer.

Rina

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 2:53PM
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