Hormone therapy revives olive tree
A NATURAL hormone has brought life to a tree that Rottnest Island locals thought was doomed.
The olive tree at Hotel Rottnest is more than 100 years old and was hit by the “olive tree bug”.
Rottnest Island Authority heritage officer Patsy Vizents and Hotel Rottnest property manager Tyrone Lockett have been working together to revive the tree and it appears they’ve succeeded.
“It’s our long-term project because we don’t want to see it die,” Patsy said.
“We’ve been doing the usual things like composting and getting advice from tree surgeons and we finally went to Bioscience and they’ve put us on to a natural hormone that’s injected in to the tree.
“It’s suddenly coming back and the shoots are coming out.”
Rottnest Hotel property manager Tyrone Lockett with heritage officer Patsy Vizents.