Around 12 years old, the olive bonsai tree is strong and beautiful, suitable for outdoor environments.
*Note that each bonsai is unique and the bonsai you receive might look slightly different from the one in the picture.
The olive tree has the symbolic meaning of peace and friendship. The common olive tree has been gaining popularity in recent centuries due to its level of olive oil production. But in recent years, wild olive has generated growing interest for its resistance to drought and for its wood.
Everyone recognises the white dove with the olive twig in its beak as an international symbol of peace. Also, in many cultures, it is given a meaning of wisdom, great age and longevity. These are trees that usually live for many years and resist adverse conditions, still regreening afterwards. Not surprisingly, it is also associated with resistance and renewal, even being considered a sacred tree.
Sunlight: Strong sunlight, and preferably more than 6 hours of sunlight.
Placement: The olive bonsai needs a place with full sun which also helps to reduce the size of the leaves. It can withstand temperatures slightly below 0° C / 32° F but must be protected from stronger frost.
Water: water frequently (especially in the summer) and not let the soil be dried out. Around 2 times a week, but can be more or less frequent depending on humidity levels and amount of light received. Watering the plant less frequently in the winter.
The best practice is to use your finger to feel the soil, it should not be overly soggy or overly dry. It should be slightly moist with the top layer of soil only a bit dry.
How to water: immerse the entire bonsai plant in a bucket or basin of water for about 10 minutes. Once the air bubbles have risen to the top, the bonsai has absorbed enough water.
Fertilizer: add a bit of bonsai plant food during growing seasons every few weeks will be appreciated by your bonsai. No plant food is necessary in the winter.