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Olive Tree 4”

Olive Tree 4”


  • Indoors: Bright, direct sunlight. Olive trees need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Outdoors: Full sun. Place the tree in a location where it receives at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily.


  • Optimal Range: 60-75°F (16-24°C) indoors. Outdoors, they can tolerate a wider range, from 40-100°F (4-38°C).
  • Avoid: Temperatures below 20°F (-6°C) for prolonged periods. If you live in a colder climate, bring the tree indoors during winter.


  • Preferred: Average indoor humidity levels are fine.
  • Tips: Olive trees are relatively tolerant of varying humidity levels but avoid excessively humid conditions.


  • Frequency: Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Method: Water thoroughly, ensuring excess water drains out of the pot. Reduce watering in the winter months when the tree is not actively growing.
  • Tips: Olive trees are drought-tolerant but do not like to sit in waterlogged soil, so make sure the soil is well-draining.


  • Type: Well-draining potting mix.
  • Preferred: A mixture of cactus or succulent soil mixed with some perlite or sand works well. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.


  • Frequency: Every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
  • Type: Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer formulated for trees.


  • Purpose: To maintain shape, encourage air circulation, and promote healthy growth.
  • Method: Prune in late winter or early spring. Remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches. Thin out the canopy to allow light penetration.
  • Tips: Olive trees can be pruned heavily, and they will respond well by producing new growth.


  • Frequency: Every 2-3 years or when the tree becomes root-bound.
  • Pot Size: Increase pot size by 2-4 inches in diameter.
  • Tips: Repot in early spring before new growth begins.


  • Method: Cuttings or seeds.
  • Steps: For cuttings, take 4-6 inch cuttings from healthy branches, remove the lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and place in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil moist until roots develop.

Pests and Problems

  • Common Pests: Scale insects, aphids, and spider mites.
  • Treatment: Use insecticidal soap or neem oil. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove pests.
  • Common Issues: Yellowing leaves, wilting, and poor fruiting.
  • Solutions: Ensure proper light, watering, and drainage. Adjust care routines as necessary to address specific issues.

Special Tips

  • Avoid: Overwatering and poorly draining soil. These are common causes of problems for olive trees.
  • Rotate: If growing indoors, rotate the tree periodically to ensure even growth and light exposure.
  • Outdoor Care: If growing outdoors in a pot, bring the tree indoors during harsh winter conditions or protect it with burlap or frost cloth.

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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