Plant Care European Olive

European Olive

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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

💦 Water

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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☀️ Light

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 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of European Olive in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Olive Tree →

Common Olive Tree Problems →

💦 Water Needs

European Olive prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Olive Tree Water Frequency →

Olive Tree Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

European Olive requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Olive Tree Light Requirements →

Olive Tree Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

European Olive is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Olive Tree Toxicity to Humans →

💨 Humidity

European Olive doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Olive Tree Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

European Olive does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Olive Tree →

When and How to Successfully Repot Olive Tree →

💩 Fertilizer

European Olive should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

European Olive is native to Europe through Oceania.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your European Olive bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

European Olive grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Olive Tree →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
European Olive can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Olive Tree Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of European Olive can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in European Olive, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

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 31 Plants
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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.

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