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Olive Tree Care

The Olive Tree is an ornamental evergreen that features sage-green leaves. This Mediterranean plant is perfect for sunny indoor and outdoor spaces. Eventually these trees can produce fragrant white flowers in the summer and can produce the olives in the late summer and fall.

How to care for your Olive Tree

Use these instructions to care for an Olive Tree. This guide will tell you how to water an Olive Tree; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Olive Tree


Your olive tree prefers direct sunlight. Place your plant in a full sun location that receives 6+ hours of direct sunlight per day.


Water when 25% of the soil volume is dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. Do not use a saucer outdoors or allow the plant to sit in standing water.


Average household humidity is fine for most areas of the US.


This plant cannot survive winter throughout most of the US. Bring indoors when the temperatures dip below 40°F. Plants can be damaged when temperatures drop below 30°F.


Feed twice a year during the spring and summer growing season with a balanced water soluble fertilizer.


Your olive tree is considered nontoxic and pet-friendly.


The olive tree needs a 2 month period of dormancy during the winter with temperatures between 40-50°F to help it produce flowers and fruit. This is also known as vernalization. Keep the plant in a bright spot indoors, water sparingly, and do not fertilize during this dormant period. This self pollinating plant can fruit in summer & fall after the third year if care requirements are met.

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