Plant Care European Olive

European Olive

4.3 out of 5 (13 experiences)

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About European Olive

Common Olive is an important commercial tree used for fruits for eating and for the production of olive oil. The tree matures to have a gnarled and twisted trunk and grows to 20-30 feet tall. It can be grown outdoors in zones 8-10 or brought indoors or in a greenhouse in colder areas. It requires 2 months of temperatures in the 40-50 degree F range to flower. The white fragrant flowers occur in 2 inch long panicles in summer and are followed by a green drupe (the olive).


Olea europaea

Also known as

Olive Tree, Olive Tree, Lady's Oil, Olive Oil Plant and Sweet Oil Plant

How to care for European Olive


How often to water your European Olive

Water needs for European Olive
0.5 cups
every 9

European Olive needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of European Olive

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Olive Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant European Olive: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

European Olive love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

European Olive does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize European Olive

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for European Olive: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your European Olive after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

European Olive can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for European Olive

European Olive

European Olive

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

European Olive has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
European Olive has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Brittany avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,971 XP
globe Calgary, Alberta

They are a little sensitive - I left it outside one night in may and it lost all its leaves in shock - but it did recover and now looks great!

Survivor Survivor
Darrell avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Wadsworth, OH

Love the look. Had it 1 day.

Fast grower Fast grower

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