Olive Tree Leaves Falling Off – House Plant Journal

Olive Tree Leaves Falling Off

Plant: Olive tree

How long have you had the plant? Less than 1 month


Leaves have fallen off all but one branch. Think I may have overwatered.

Light Situation: normally close to the window getting about 2 hours of direct sun

How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become completely dry.

Describe HOW you water: I pour a small amount of water.

What fertilizer do you use? I have never used fertilizer.

Soil situation:

Darryl’s Analysis

While I’ve never grown an olive tree myself, here’s what I found from a few sources:

Sources: Apartment Therapy; RHS; Better Homes & Gardens (Australia)

So it appears that these plants do best outdoors with at least 6 hours of direct sun (not through a window).  Indoors, they may still grow in your sunniest window but will likely become (and remain) sparse.

Remember, LIGHT dictates the growth potential; watering, fertilizing, and soil maintenance only realize that potential.

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