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Olive Tree Seedling Care

As part of Keep Our Vision Growing, our 2019 Stewardship Campaign, the Stewardship Committee gave those who filled out pledge cards an olive tree seedling. Here's how to take care of it.

Plant Care Information: The olive seedling tree does best in filtered sunlight. Olive Bonsai trees can survive in cold weather and are extremely hardy but provide protection from freezing conditions in winter. Water moderately, keeping the olive tree moist at all times.

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. 

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. 

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. 


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