russian olive bonsai?

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russian olive bonsai?

Post  giga on Mon May 02, 2011 7:36 pm

I was just wonderinging what the care would be for a Russian olive tree can it be grown in my green house? I live in a apartment so I don't have a porch to winter my bonsai. So all my bonsai are tropical and are in a green house rack I have powered by t5ho and metal haylide.

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Russian Olive Bonsai

Post  bonsaisr on Mon May 02, 2011 8:49 pm

Russian Olive, Elaeagnus angustifolia, is a temperate tree and undoubtedly requires a dormant period. I don't think it would do well as an indoor bonsai. You could try a small one and winter it in the refrigerator. If you want an olive, choose European olive, Olea europaea. It likes a cool rest in the fall, but does not require a real dormancy.
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Re: russian olive bonsai?

Post  RKatzin on Mon May 02, 2011 11:10 pm

Considered an invasive species east of the Cascade Range, but unable to survive in the wild here on the west side, a little too warm and wet in the winter. They do well in a container though, but definitely an outdoor plant. I made this when I didn't know better and keep it to remind me that not all plants are good for bonsai.

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Re: russian olive bonsai?

Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue May 03, 2011 7:59 pm

My Elaeagnus angustifolia has rested nicely with my other temperate deciduous trees. They stayed in a drafty shed, out of the direct sunlight and got watered whenever we had a warm spell over freezing. It has been outside in the elements for a month now and doing nicely.

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