How to Care for an Olive Tree

Olive Tree Care

The Olive tree is a tough evergreen tree with stunning silvery foliage. It is also heat and drought tolerant, and easy to care for.

Here’s how to care for your Olive Tree.

Olive Tree Care


Place Olive Tree where it will receive 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.


Soak the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer to avoid root rot. Allow the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering again. You may need to water regularly in summer.

Tip: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be wet beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil to feel the level of moisture. If it feels soggy, wait for a few days and check again.

Temperature & Humidity

Average to warm temperatures and average humidity.


Feed your Olive Tree in spring with a balanced organic fertiliser.

Prune your Olive Tree in late spring for shape. Remove any dead or damaged leaves and any suckers. Suckers grow from the roots and should be pruned.

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