Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa.
The Olive tree prefers a bright and sunny room. Place the tree next to a south facing window, in a bright conservatory or in the garden in the months of July and August. Lighting-wise the Olive tree pairs perfectly with the The citrus tree.
Water the olive tree every time the first few inches of soil are dry. In the summer this could be once or twice a week especially if positioned in a sunny spot. Water less frequently in the winter months or if it is in a shady part of the home.
The olive tree doesn’t need a humid room to thrive. Although a humid and warm room may encourage faster growth. For a humidity boost, place the olive tree next to a plant that releases humidity like Bonnie, Hamish and Lily.
Olive trees can tolerate temperatures as low as -5ºC and as high as 35ºC. They’re very temperature hardy and will not be fussed with a little cold draft. Placing them next to an open window shouldn’t be a problem. They do prefer to rest in the cold as this will make for a better growing season.
Use an olive tree fertiliser once a month in the growing season from the months of March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
The olive tree can be repotted in the spring once every 1-2 years. Use a well draining potting mix or a citrus soil mixture. Do not re-pot in the winter months when the plant is in dormancy.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR OLIVE TREE
Yellow spots/yellow leaves falling - This is a sign that the olive tree has been overwatered. Check the first few inches of soil and only water when it’s dry.
Leaves dropping - This could happen for a few reasons
- In the winter months the olive tree prefers a cooler room to rest before another growing season. Any room that is too hot in winter will cause the tree to drop its leaves.
- Periods of drought. If the soil becomes too dry the tree will drop its leaves to signal it is ready for a drink.
Browning leaves - This could be from too much direct sunlight. If the olive tree is outside, place it in a spot where there is morning or evening sunlight. Midday sun will be too harsh for its leaves - especially over the summer months.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Prune the dead branches of the olive tree regularly to encourage new growth throughout the spring and summer months.
Top tip 2: Every year, thoroughly soak the soil with a hose or kitchen tap to wash out any bacteria, extra fertiliser or any soil lacking in nutrients.
Top tip 3: If possible use rainwater to water the olive tree. Harsh chemicals found in tap water could upset its delicate root system.