Plant Care Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

Also known as

Tea olive, Fragrant tea-olive, Sweet osmanthus and Sweet olive

Taxonomy

Osmanthus fragrans
Osmanthus
Oleaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Sweet Olive

💦 Water

How often to water your Sweet Olive

Water needs for Sweet Olive
0.5 cups
every 9

Sweet 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 Sweet Olive

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Sweet Olive in your home

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

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

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

Sweet Olive does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Sweet Olive

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sweet 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 Sweet Olive after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Sweet Olive is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Sweet Olive →

Common Sweet Olive Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Sweet 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.

Sweet Olive Water Frequency →

Sweet Olive Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Sweet 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 🏡.

Sweet Olive Light Requirements →

Sweet Olive Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Sweet 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 Sweet Olive →

When and How to Successfully Repot Sweet Olive →


💩 Fertilizer

Sweet Olive grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Sweet Olive →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

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

How and When to Prune Sweet Olive →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Sweet Olive can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Sweet Olive Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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 Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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