Indoor Olive Trees

Indoor olive trees are one of the latest additions to the indoor fruit tree selection.

These handsome (and very prolific) trees are becoming exceptionally popular, and not just for the health benefits of their fruit yield. They thrive beautifully in containers and will produce fresh and healthy olives all year around. Shipped in their own container, they’re ready to adapt to your indoor living space or outdoor patio.

Here’s a picture of the tree in a suitable container.

Indoor Olive Tree

In terms of yield, you can expect to get about 15 to 20 pounds of olives per year at minimum! Since olives are smaller than most other fruit, it is not uncommon for the tree to start producing olives within the first year. By the second year you own this tree, you’ll get a steady yield that will continue for years to come.

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Like many trees of this nature, they will definitely appreciate spending time outdoors during the warm summer months. This variety thrives in a warm Mediterranean climate, and typically in southern California and parts of Arizona.

They are remarkably disease and pest free, so there’s very little to worry about in terms of care, other than providing ample sun and watering per instructions. Bring your tree indoors before the first frost and you won’t have any problems at all. The more time the tree spends outside, the better. A sunny patio or balcony is ideal, and when colder weather arrives, a bright sunny room where direct sunlight can bask the tree for at least six hours daily.

Indoor olive trees

The type of indoor olive tree we recommend is the Arbequina olive. These olives are frequently used in cooking due to their rich, satisfying flavor. They’re great in salads or as an accompaniment to your favorite seafood dishes. Or, pick them right off the tree and enjoy!

We should add that even though this tree thrives in warm weather, it is surprisingly cold tolerant. It will survive outdoor temperatures down to about 15 degrees (but we don’t recommend it!). So if for some reason you’re unable to bring the tree and container indoors or if your area has an unexpected sudden cold snap, your olive tree should be no worse for wear, all things considered.

When planted in the ground, these trees can reach a height of 18-20 feet. In a container, their maximum height will be roughly half that. The only time this tree loses its leaves is in extended cold temperatures, so if you’re diligent about bringing the tree indoors, you’ll have lush green foliage all year around!

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