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The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Greg on Wed May 18, 2011 6:51 pm

I would like to share with you, a three years development / progress of a small olive tree.

The olive tree was purchased on March 2008 from a local flower shop for the price of 6 Euros.

First photo – 2008 -immediately repotted to a relatively small pot without any further reduction of foliage.
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Second photo – 2009 - Repotted with an inclination to a larger pot. My First Wiring attempt can be seen.
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Third photo – 2010 – A better wiring attempt to give a better balance.
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fourth photo- 2011- repotted to a more appropriate pot, a Chinese one (Master Xu)
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Post  stavros on Wed May 18, 2011 6:57 pm

as we discussed previously, it looks like there is reverse taper....the base is narrower than the rest of the trunk.
in real life its not as dramatic though...i've seen the tree a few months ago

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Greg on Wed May 18, 2011 7:01 pm

stavros wrote:as we discussed previously, it looks like there is reverse taper....the base is narrower than the rest of the trunk.
in real life its not as dramatic though...i've seen the tree a few months ago

Thats right, I have to do something with the reverse taper, probably after summer.

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Savvas P. on Wed May 18, 2011 7:51 pm

What about spreading out those roots,would that change anything??

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  will baddeley on Wed May 18, 2011 8:42 pm

Hello Savvas. With the amount of really good quality wild trees your collecting, It might be worth putting this one in the ground for a few years to fatten it up.

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Greg on Thu May 19, 2011 12:44 pm

will baddeley wrote:Hello Savvas. With the amount of really good quality wild trees your collecting, It might be worth putting this one in the ground for a few years to fatten it up.

I agree with you Will, your absolutely right. Thanks for being honest with me.

This olive tree is actually part of my first collection. At that time I didn’t have the knowledge to recognize the good material – I am still learning anyway!
These days I replace my first collection with a second one, I don’t know how many times I will do the same replacement in the future!

Nowadays, yes, I believe that we have some good raw material. It’s the learning curve you know, how to recognize potential material.

I decided to keep this one and a few more for now to remind me the early days. It’s easier to experiment to such material anyway and of course you learn how to keep alive a tree in confined space – pot.
Probably I will put it back in the soil after a couple of years, when some of my yamadori will start shouting for a place to the “pantheon”.

For the time being I am just thinking to do something to make it look better – a trunk aging technique and correct somehow the nebari. I am not sure what but I will think something. Do you have any idea on this path?

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Greg on Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:19 pm

Today with a new look and a round display table


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the pirates of lost treasure

Post  Greg on Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:45 pm

playing with my kid toys Smile

The pirates of lost treasure.

""The treasure is buried in a gap in the stone under the slanting tree""

Have fun bounce bounce


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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  stavros on Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:05 pm

thumbs up thumbs up Smile Smile Smile

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Post  Savvas P. on Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:19 pm

With all the new giants around you decided tha this one is only playing?its just a toy a?

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Greg on Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:23 pm

Savvas P. wrote:With all the new giants around you decided tha this one is only playing?its just a toy a?

The pirates said , "if we dont find the treasure we will do some yamadory hunting"

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  Savvas P. on Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:29 pm

Give us a break,,pls Sleep Sleep Sleep Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

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Re: The Story of a small olive tree

Post  stavros on Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:31 pm

Savvas P. wrote:Give us a break,,pls Sleep Sleep Sleep Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

lol! lol! lol! Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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