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Why is my Olive Tree not fruiting?

One of the most exciting things about Olive Trees are their fruit. There are a few factors that go into getting your plant to bloom and produce fruit. Let’s investigate!


Self pollinating Olive Trees need some time to grow before they are ready to fruit. Most Olive Trees won’t come into maturity for about three years. If your Olive Tree isn’t fruiting, it might just need some more time!



Your Olive Tree needs enough water to stay moist, but shouldn’t constantly be soaking. Water your Olive Tree when 25% of the soil volume has dried. Always check the soil before watering. Water thoroughly and evenly around the pot until you see water flow out of the drainage hole. Be sure to discard any excess water after a few minutes. Once established these plants can be a little forgiving with a missed watering here and there, however perpetual under-watering can cause leaves to droop and eventually crisp before they fall off. 



Lighting is one of the biggest factors to help your Olive Tree bloom and fruit! These plants need at least 6+ hours of direct sunlight a day. Place your Olive Tree in an unobstructed southern or western window. 



While you Olive Tree is actively growing in the spring and summer, fertilize once in the spring and once in the summer with a well-balanced fertilizer. No fertilizer is needed in the winter or during inactive growing periods.

Olive Tree

With shimmering sage-green leaves, the olive tree is ready to add delicate color and texture to your home decor. Hailing from the Mediterranean, this graceful plant will need plenty of bright, direct sunlight to thrive (think sunny, south-facing windows).
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We're confident your Olive Tree will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.