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Posted 3M ago by @PeakBasil

This plant just says olive tree! Should it be kept inside or outside. And if outside is it kept in a container. Got as a gift. Thanks for any help.
#OliveTree
3ft to light, indirect
7” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 month ago
@PeakBasil I would grow it indoors because you can always prune it back when it starts getting too big. Height: Up to 10 ft (3 m) when grown in a container. Dwarf varieties reach up to 6 ft (1.8 m). Pruning olive trees will keep them compact. A bonsai olive tree is pruned and shaped to stay much smaller. Here are some tips for your olive tree and make sure to pot it in a pot that has drainage. Caring for Your Olive Tree Indoors

Choose a spot in your home that gets at least 6 hours of direct sun a day, such as a southern exposure. Avoid letting the leaves touch window glass, which can intensify the sunlight and burn them.

Prune the growing tips of your tree if it threatens to outgrow its space as a houseplant and to keep it bushy. If needed, prune out some branches to keep the tree open in the center so the foliage gets plenty of light and air.

Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean, so they can tolerate dry air. Most won’t need any additional humidity in your home. 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 timed-release fertilizer. Follow the product directions to know how much to use.

Indoor olive trees are susceptible to scale, so watch for signs of these sap-sucking insects. If needed, treat the tree by spraying with insecticidal soap.

Your tree probably won’t set fruit indoors. It needs a drop in daytime and nighttime temperatures, as well as about two months of temperatures below 50 degree F to stimulate flowering. Use a large container with drainage holes. Fill it half-full with a good potting mix that drains easily or a sandy mix, such as a cactus potting soil.

If your tree is in a nursery container, turn it upside down and tap the bottom. Slide the tree out and gently separate the roots. Place the tree in the container and add more soil, planting it no deeper than it was growing in its original pot.

Leave about an inch between the soil and the rim of the container so you’ll have room to water. Use a saucer underneath the container to catch drips; sit the container on some bricks or blocks so the water can drain easily out of the holes.

Water thoroughly to settle the soil; when you can stick your finger about an inch deep into the pot and the soil feels dry, it's time water again. Olive trees grow slowly, especially in fall and winter, so avoid overwatering.

Olives are self-fertile, but if you decide to plant your tree outdoors, you’ll get a bigger harvest by planting another tree for cross-pollination.
It's an olive tree. In the Mediterranean and in the West, they grow well in sunny places in well-draining soil.

I try to keep my "outside" plants outside as much as possible. Outside plants do so much better outside.

It's hard to give them the light they crave and need to maintain their proper growth. If you can put it outside- I'd do it. Just be aware there are creatures outside that will make a home in your plants... that's normal.

Keep it in it's container if you want, I do. I don't know how the weather gets in LA, but I find it nice to be able to overwinter my plants in my garage.

Just keep an eye on the soil- it'll dry out WAY faster outside.
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If the soil is dry, hit "water" in the app and water your plant. Keeping up with the watering and snoozing (if the soil is still wet) and this helps the app to prompt you to check your plant at the right time. 😁
@sarahsalith if I keep my plant outside and want to put in a pretty pot do I take it out of it's container and replant? And do I use the same size pot it came in? I think I want it outside so it may produce olives. I read that I need another olive tree to cross pollinate. Is this correct?
If you are going to pot it in another container, you can do that. It will give the roots room to grow.

There are many self-pollinating olive trees- I'm not sure how you'd tell whether or not you have one.

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