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Olive bonsai

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The bonsai olive tree in Italy

Of all the bonsai trees, the one that certainly represents Italy most is the olive bonsai tree. Despite having Caucasian origins, this plant has been successfully planted in all areas of the Mediterranean basin, finding the climate and the right soil in Italy to thrive in the best possible way. The natural qualities of the olive tree, both aesthetic and organic, make it a perfect tree for cultivation using the bonsai technique.

His massive and twisted habit it also gives young specimens a centenary aspect that awakens in everyone an innate respect for nature, while the abundance of new shoots with which it responds to pruning interventions make it very easy to intervene to shape the aesthetics of the child to your liking tree.


Exposure

Indispensable for a good result when dealing with the bonsai olive tree is the right exposure. This tree indeed loves the sun, but not the excessive heat. So it is possible to keep it in full sun during spring, a period in which the vegetative rhythms of the plant resume at full capacity, but with the arrival of summer it is advisable to avoid direct sun during the hottest hours.

The ideal would be an east exposure that would allow the bonsai the right amount of sun. In Autumn, spring is valid, while in winter the situation changes according to the climate. In the central and southern regions it is possible to leave the plant outside, but in areas with a harsh climate it is advisable to protect the olive tree from frost keeping it at home, as it can't stand temperatures below zero for a long time.

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