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A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:21 pm

This is another olive with a strange shape, a natural hollow one. Part of the hollow trunk is still in the substrate.
collected a year ago and I am quite happy with the new growth.
any styling suggestions?

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  stavros on Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:36 am

Nice tree.
I would remove the dead branch that emerges from the base. i feel that it is useless in you design.
I would also remove part of the dead thick branch that extends from the point your leader grows, or carve it somehow.
Other than that, the tree has great character and many potential solutions for design.
Just my humble opinion.

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Savvas P. on Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:50 pm

Greg i will again comment on your fotos.....They give no credit to your trees...The only thing that is surely clear on those fotos is that the dead wood is very dominant once more..the rest i cant clearly see and coment... Crying or Very sad Question Crying or Very sad

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  wildfig on Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:14 pm

I would agree about removing the dead branch emerging from the base.
The second trunk (I presume it's all deadwood) has a lot of character.
You can trying varying the planting angle.
Great tree with a lot of potential.
Greg your collected olives seem to thrive, may I ask what soil you use?

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:30 pm

Many thanks for you comments.

Christo,

well, I have my yamadories in very different substrates. Iam still trying to find out which one is the best.
I used river sand ,baked clay with peat moss, fine aggregates with perlite and peat moss ,etc.
I had even used wheat BRAN for chickens with river sand with spectucular results!! Yes its work!
Iam planning to use pumice this year as well.

The above olive is in river sand, but not too happy to tell you the truth.








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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  wildfig on Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:56 pm

Can you buy river sand or do you collect it? I've used aquarium sand but it's not cheap.
Wheat bran sounds good, can you get it in pellets?
I'd like to try pumice if I can get it, do you know the greek name for it?

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:41 pm

wildfig wrote:Can you buy river sand or do you collect it? I've used aquarium sand but it's not cheap.
Wheat bran sounds good, can you get it in pellets?
I'd like to try pumice if I can get it, do you know the greek name for it?

We just collect river sand from mountain brooks.
Wheat bran is not in pellets is just the pellets peel!! in greek they call it "pitoura" .
Pumice in greek is "elafropetra". 4-6mm can be obtained from garden centers or DIY stores. Otherwise for smaller diameters you have to obtain a bulk quantity from DALIKO and seive accordingly.


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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Thu May 02, 2013 6:20 pm

Just an upadate.
The first stage completed. The first stage included the tree base exposure, a basic styling, cleaning of the dead wood, curving and finally the dead wood treated with wood preserver. I will propaply in the future tread the dead wood with lime sulphate. I will now leave the tree in rest for a year. Next spring I will repot it to a more approprate pot with a better substrate.
Any comments or ideas are more than welcome.

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Savvas P. on Thu May 02, 2013 7:35 pm

Fotos and dead wood give no justice to this tree Greg....The huge dead wood obstracts the view.your eyes go straight there and the whole picture of the tree is confused,otherwise its a tree of great character.... thumbs up thumbs up

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:11 pm

just an update

some refinement of the line betwen the dead and life part and application of lime Sulphur.

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Savvas P. on Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:44 pm

My comments about the dead wood are still the same Greg...i like this tree though.....

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:43 pm

Savvas P. wrote:My comments about the dead wood are still the same Greg...i like this tree though.....
I know... thanks!

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:48 pm


the time has come. To talk for ... this olive.
Now hosted in a Dan Barton pot and its look better than ever. Cool 

The accent plant is my mobile phone but not to be considered as a contemporary way of displaying bonsai  Smile 

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Savvas P. on Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:17 pm

A very unique tree Greg,the pot is Super..and tree-pot combination is a killer....Needs more years but it surely on the right truck.... thumbs up  thumbs up 

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  stavros on Wed Dec 25, 2013 9:57 am

I love many things about this tree and its presentation.
One thing i do not like is the dead 2nd trunk that is too straight and too tall. It distracts my eye. Of course this is just my humble opinion.

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Re: A natural hollow olive

Post  Greg on Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:08 pm

Savvas and Stauros, many thanks for your comments

Stauros, The said branch can be removed any time. Lets see how it will go first.


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