How to care for an olive bonsai

On this page you will find the specific care you should know to know how to care for an olive bonsai, you can expand this knowledge in How to care for a bonsai.

Olea Europaea it is the best known oleaceous: the Mediterranean tree par excellence. In fact,it is the tree that best defines the limits of the so-called Mediterranean climate. It is a slow growing tree, evergreen and producer of drupáceous fruits.

How to care for an olive bonsai
Olive bonsai

How to care for an olive bonsai


Olive trees are very resistant trees. They adapt perfectly to the outdoor situation, living optimally in full sun. They endure the cold without any problem, and only in cases of extreme frosts would it be convenient to protect them to a less cold place.


Olive trees are trees adapted to a climate in which the water is not constant throughout the year. They consume little water, but during fruiting the water needs are greater. It is a tree very sensitive to excess water in the roots.


Olive trees require intensive fertilization in times of growth (spring and fall). In summer growth slows down, and even more in winter. During this period the subscriber must be reduced to a minimum maintenance subscriber.


It must be taken into account that the olive tree is a tree that grows very slowly; So, its root mass also develops little by little. If the subscriber and the substrate are the right ones,the tree will not need to be transplanted until after a few 3 And till 5 years.


The olive tree needs to be pinched throughout the vegetative year. The procedure is the same as that explained for broadleaf trees: the shoots are allowed to grow until they reach seven or eight leaves, to later cut the shoot leaving only the first two.