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Indoor Olive Trees – Comprehensive Guide

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Olive trees are not just for gardens and outdoor spaces, they are also just at home indoors. From living rooms and conservatories to atriums and offices, these trees can really add a special, harmonious touch, and bring a taste of the Mediterranean to homes and businesses. However, taking them out of the great outdoors requires a little know-how on how to care for them, and knowing which variety to choose is equally important. For happy, healthy indoor olive trees, explore our comprehensive guide below.

Can you grow an olive tree indoors?

Yes! You can grow an olive tree indoors. These hardy plants are tolerant of dry air – all they need is plenty of sunshine and enough water to stop the roots drying out.

If you’re hoping for a beautiful and impressive alternative to the regular house plant repertoire, the olive tree is an ideal choice. Something to bear in mind is some olive trees will grow taller than others, so if you have a tree in its infancy, it’s best to check that the tree won’t grow taller than your ceiling or become too wide for the allocated space. Standard olive trees typically grow up to 10 feet in containers, although this is much less for small olive trees which average at 6 feet. With olive trees big and small, you have plenty of options. You can also prune your olive tree to maintain a suitable shape and height.

The one downside of placing an olive tree indoors rather than outside, is that it might not live as long. But the typical lifespan is nine years, which is still good for a houseplant.

How to care for an olive tree indoors

Planting and Potting

Early spring and summer is the best time to plant an indoor olive tree. As for the size of the pot, you should make sure it’s several inches larger than the root ball. This will allow space for the roots to grow and thrive. You should also re-pot after the first year to make sure the roots have plenty of room. To save the hassle of finding the right sized pot, you can buy already-potted olive trees.

Access to sunshine is also key, so where you choose to place the tree is also very important. It’s recommended that you place your tree near a south or east facing window for optimal sunlight exposure. Just be sure to keep the leaves from coming into direct contact with a window as this could cause them to overheat.


As for watering, you should give your new tree a thorough watering each week for the first year. After that, watering once a month should be sufficient. Olive trees require lots of drainage. Make sure the roots don’t become waterlogged as this could damage your tree! Adding gravel beneath the soil and drainage holes in the container can help with this.

Best olive tree to grow indoors

To help narrow down your search and ensure you choose an olive tree that is most likely to thrive indoors, we’re providing a list of the best olive trees to grow indoors.

  • Non-fruiting dwarf olive trees
  • Arbequina olive tree

Can olive trees produce fruit indoors?

Perhaps you want the full olive tree experience, rather than just the ornamental benefits? In this case you should make sure you buy a fruit-bearing olive tree and place it outdoors for several months.

Where to buy indoor olive trees?

Olive Grove Oundle is home to the UK’s largest selection of olive trees, including indoor varieties. Why not visit our website or pop down to our garden centre in Oundle, near Peterborough. Our olive tree specialists will be more than happy to impart their knowledge and help you choose the perfect tree for your indoor spaces.

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