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Olive Tree Care Guide

Congrats! You just received your new plant! Now what?

1. Getting started with your Olive Tree

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Where to place your Olive Tree

Place it next to a sunny window

Native to the Mediterranean, olive trees love bright direct light. The more they get the happier they will be!

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Potting your Olive Tree

Leave it in its nursery pot

Your plant is comfy in its nursery pot. It's best to let it acclimate to the lighting, temperature, and humidity in its new home (for at least 2 weeks) before repotting it.

2. Continually caring for your Olive Tree

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Watering your Olive Tree

Water when the soil is completely dry
It is vital to wait for the soil to dry out completely between waterings. We like to use a chopstick to poke the soil from the drainage hole at the bottom; if the chopstick comes out:
1) Clean: your soil is dry and needs a watering
2) Dirty: you'll know the soil is still moist and doesn't need a watering

Rule of thumb: expect to water your plant every 2-3 weeks, and more often with more light. Having said that, soil moisture should be your primary indicator for when you should water your plant

When watering, gently pour until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom and discard any excess water. Remember, never use cold water as this will shock your plant's roots

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Finding your Olive Tree's favourite temperature

Olive Trees like hot climates, since they're from the Mediterranean.

However, like all our indoor plants, they can tolerate being placed between 18°C-30°C.

Having said that, the higher up that range they are placed, the happier they will be

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Repotting your Olive Tree

When cared for well, Olive Trees can grow quite large and will need to be repotted every 2-3 years to accommodate that growth

When it's time, remember that Olive Trees, like soil with a lot of aeration (because they don't retain as much water/moisture). When your plant is ready for repotting, use a well-drained potting mix that includes ingredients such as perlite or lava rocks

Transfer your Olive Tree into a pot that's a about 1-2 inches in diameters larger than its current one to give it ample room to grow

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Cleaning/pruning your Olive Tree

Like all plants, olive trees will collect dust overtime. We find it easiest to clean them using a feather duster

Some common problems with Olive Trees

1. Leaves drying out and falling

This is usually a sign of underwatering combined with low light. Increase watering and move your tree to a sunnier spot to encourage uptake of that water. Increasing watering alone may cause water to sit in the soil, unutilized, leading to overwatering and eventually, root rot

2. Leaves turning moist and falling

Usually a sign of overwatering. Allow the soil to dry out completely before rewatering again and, if possible, move your plant to a sunnier spot

3. Pale leaves

Usually caused by low-light. Try moving your plant to a brighter spot to promote healthier foliage

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