Bonsai, 4in, Black Olive - Floral Acres Greenhouse & Garden Centre

Bonsai, 4in, Black Olive

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The Black Olive Bonsai has lush, dark bluish-green, leathery leaves are clustered at branch tips, sometimes mixed with long spines found along the branches.

Attributes

Type: Tropical 
Height: 8in - 24in
Spread: 12in - 30in
Zone: 10 - 11
Pet Safe: Not known to be toxic to pets

Care

General Maintenance: To develop the foliage, pinch out the tender, new, usually green, shoots using your fingers cutting to first or third couple of leaves. Black Olives don’t produce new shoots around the cut when you prune a branch. If you want new shoots, allow them to mature to a branch length longer than you eventually want it to be and then shorten it later. 

Temperature: Always keep above 5° Celsius. 

Light: Black Olive trees like full sun in the summer, less in winter, but still full light as an indoor plant.

Watering: Keep consistently moist, but do not leave any sitting water. An old bonsai watering trick is to place the entire pot in a sink of water an inch or two deep and let the water absorb from the holes in the bottom of the pot. Reduce watering in the winter. 

Soil: Fast-draining bonsai soil, slightly calciferous (with a high sand and lime content)

Fertilizer: When new growth appears in the spring, it’s time to start feeding your bonsai. Use a liquid bonsai fertilizer or half-strength general purpose plant food every two weeks from spring to autumn. Do not fertilize for three months after repotting.