Making ready an olive for restyling

Three years in the past I acquired a big olive that had come from the Blue Oak Nursery assortment.

Olive, July 2020

Olive, July 2020

Though the tree was in want of styling, I needed to gauge the well being of the tree earlier than continuing.

After letting it develop for a 12 months, I repotted it right into a deeper container.

After pruning the roots

After pruning the roots

As you may see, the trunk flare is sort of two ft throughout!

The deeper pot helped, however after two years, there was little new development.

July 2022

July 2022

That fall the began rising like loopy. By November it was lined with 24″ shoots from the highest to the underside (I don’t have a photograph).

This was the signal I used to be searching for. I trimmed the tree earlier than winter and repotted it in early spring. By this summer season it had placed on one other flush of development and was prepared for styling. Right here’s the tree after pruning and wiring.

August, 2023

August, 2023, styling by Adam Toth.

The tree didn’t miss a beat and continued rising into fall.

Olive, early November, 2023

Olive, early November, 2023 – 37″ tall, container by Sara Rayner

I really feel just like the tree responded precisely the best way I needed it too, however I don’t know if it will have responded as properly if I’d labored on it earlier. Both means, it reinforces for me the concept there are advantages to ready to see robust development earlier than doing a number of work on a tree.

Information & Updates

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