Olea | Olive Tree

The Olea europaea, more commonly known as the Olive tree, has been around for thousands of years! These Mediterranean beauties are elegant, minimalistic, and have been adored for centuries as symbols of peace. Though chances of growing fruit when kept inside is low, this plant is still sure to bring a bit of the Mediterranean to your indoor jungle!

  • Safe for pets and children
  • Repot once every 2 years
  • Fertilize once a month
  • Bright, direct light
  • Average water

About the Olive Tree


Originating from the Mediterranean region, Olive Trees have a rich history dating back thousands of years. They are loved for their resilience and symbolic significance, have been cherished for their valuable fruit and oil production since ancient times. Olive Trees thrive in ample sunlight, they want to be reminded of home!

Air Purification

Olive trees aren't known for their air purification abilities.


Olive trees aren't toxic!

Caring for an Olive Tree


Let the top inch or two of soil dry out before giving a thorough watering, as olive trees are relatively drought-tolerant. Be cautious of overwatering to prevent root rot, especially during the winter season when watering should be reduced.

Lighting and Placement

Place your indoor olive tree close to a south-facing window to bask in abundant sunlight. These plants thrive in full sun, requiring 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. If natural light is limited, consider supplementing with grow lights. Oh, and keep this one away from chilly drafts!


Apply a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength once a month in the spring and summer. No fertilizer is needed in the winter! Less is more for this plant.


Repot your olive tree every 1-2 years to refresh the soil and provide space for more growth.

Pruning and Flowering

Regular pruning is essential for maintaining the shape and size of your indoor olive tree. Remove dead or diseased branches and pinch back new growth to encourage bushier growth.

Olive Tree SOS


Common illnesses that may affect indoor olive trees include root rot caused by overwatering and fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. Leaf drop during winter is a natural response to reduced light and cooler temperatures, but excessive leaf loss may indicate stress. Ensure proper watering and adequate light exposure to minimize these issues.

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