The Olive Tree, aka Olea europaea, meaning "European olive", is an ancient plant. Archeologists have found olive pits and traces of olive oil in pottery shards dating back 6,000 to 8,000 years! Their delicate silvery-green leaves and pale stems add a beautiful statement to your home. Also, since they are native to the Mediterranean, they are well-adjusted to dry air.
They love as much sun as possible. The best spot for them is where they can see the sun during the majority of the day.
They will do best in bright light. A nice bright place inside your home would be on the window sill or a stool that is right next to a window, either with or without blinds, depending on if the plant can handle sun. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
Their humidity requirement is low, so do not mist them or put them in a terrarium.
Make sure the soil doesn't dry out completely for too long. Feed the tree once a month in fall and winter with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. When spring returns, start feeding twice a month, or switch to a slow-release fertilizer.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.