Have a good amount of light in your home and looking for a plant that is fuss-free? Find your perfect match in the mini olive tree—this beauty is hardy, as long as she has tons of light and just the amount of water she needs.
The scent of a mini olive tree is easy to miss. However, go closer for a whiff, and you'll find yourself being sucked into her aroma. At Martin & Mango, we are big fans of her scent! So much that we go looking for our mini olive tree when we need a breather. Fortunately, this beauty is easy to take care of. Read on to understand her humble needs.
Find the sunniest spot in your home for her. These mini trees thrive in full sunlight, so don't worry about burning it. For younger plants, be sure to acclimatise it over 2-3 weeks before you subject them to the blazing sun. Younger plants will do okay in bright, indirect sunlight when they are still young but you'll quickly realise that its growth will suffer as time goes by.
The mini olive tree hails from hot dry climates so don't worry if you miss a watering or two. She does not like being overwatered so water thoroughly only when the top 2-3 inches of the soil is dry. When in doubt, always wait another 2-3 days before watering. If you notice that she is shedding, it could be a watering issue. If the soil is moist and the leaves turn yellow before dropping, it's likely to be overwatering. Conversely, if the soil is dry and the green leaves are shedding, it is probably underwatering. Fix the watering issue and your tree will go back to normal!
Well-draining soil is key—regular potting mix with some additional perlite will work great.
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY
She is not a fan of the cold weather so keep her well-protected indoors during winter. The mini olive tree is not a humidity snob either—low to average humidity is a-okay.
PESTS AND DISEASES
Just when you didn't think she can get any better, guess what: this beauty is not only stunning but also hardy! It's unlikely that you'll run into problems with pests. However, be sure to check her thoroughly from time to time. Most infestations can be prevented or controlled with some sprays of neem oil or mildly soapy water.
The mini olive tree grows at a moderate rate—her growth is typically determined by the size of her pot i.e. the smaller the pot, the smaller the tree.
Feed her during growing season (warmer temperatures). Simply refer to the instructions on your fertiliser product and halve the amount of fertiliser required to reduce the risk of fertiliser burn.
This beauty can be propagated from leaf cuttings. Find a healthy, disease-free branch that is as thick as a pencil, and cut about 8 inches from the end of the branch, just below the point where a leaf emerges. Remove leaves from the lower two-third and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Insert about half of the cutting into well-wetted potting soil. The soil can be made from one part peat moss, one part sand and one part vermiculite. Keep the soil moist and roots should sprout in about eight weeks.
Check the drainage hole(s) to see if roots are starting to outgrow its container. If you see roots, simply loosen the soil around the plant, pull it out, gently remove excess soil from its roots, place it in a slightly larger container and top it up with soil. If you don’t see roots but get a sense that the soil is tired or worn out, go ahead and repot it with fresh soil in its current pot. To encourage your mini olive tree to grow in size, repot it yearly in a pot that is 1-2 inches larger than its rootball.
The mini olive tree is not known to be toxic.
The mini olive tree is definitely one of our favourite plants. What was your experience? We'd love to know. Happy planting!