OK - you’ve popped the box and taken a few selfies (don’t forget to tag us!). What now? Whether this is your first foray into living olive trees or you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to plants we’ve got a pro tip (or ten!) to share with you to get your new sun-loving sapling off on the right foot.
Let’s start off with a few basics. The European Olive tree, or Olea europaea, is just one of hundreds of different olive cultivars.
Native to the Mediterranean region, olive trees thrive in dry heat and full sun. According to some archeologists, olive trees were one of the first trees ever domesticated by humans beginning around 6,000 years ago. Today, an estimated 90% are grown for the production of olive oil, but their elegant appearance and low-maintenance needs have also transformed them into a popular houseplant. We’re big fans!
After removing your olive tree from the box, carefully unwrap your new plant pal. Shake off any excess dirt that might have escaped from the plant during shipping. Handle its foliage and other living elements carefully! Discard any packaging elements. To make caring for your plant a snap, we’ve nestled it in a draining plastic pot underneath its metal vessel.
Just a sip! This tree prefers to stay on the drier side - water as needed but let the soil dry out completely in between waterings.
Pro-tip: To test, try the knuckle trick. Stick your finger into the soil to about one inch depth (knuckle deep). If it’s dry, it’s time to give it a little H2O! Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean and prefer dry air-no spritzing needed. To water, simply pull up the plastic pot to remove it from its decorative vessel.
We find it easiest to water our plants in the sink - place them into the basin, turn the faucet on low and let the water run into the soil until it begins to run through the drainage hole on the bottom.
Location, Location, Location
Bring on the sun! This guy thrives in full sun (6 hours minimum a day) so we recommend finding it a spot in a bright room of the house with a south-facing window. Extra sunlight and cooler evening temperatures help these guys live their best life.