Houseplants forum: Indoor Olive Tree - a few questions

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Nov 28, 2017 2:14 AM CST
Hi Guys, thanks for having me here. After months of searching I finally bought an olive tree last week. I live in Barcelona in an apartment with very high ceilings, so bought a HUGE one (it's around 2.7 metres high). I'm a little scared of killing it, and my primary concern is whether it's getting enough light. I have read that they prefer to be placed in direct sunlight indoors, but mine is not. That said, it gets a good 9-10 hours a day of light, but if this is not enough then would you advise me getting an overhead LED light that I can use a few hours a day to help it along? And if so, are there any specific brands that are better than others?

I've attaced a picture so you can see the light situation.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Name: Will Creed
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Nov 28, 2017 3:54 PM CST
Olive trees do not do well indoors because it is too difficult to provide as much light as they require. Even if you were to place yours right in front of the window, it would lose a lot of leaves and struggle. I don't think LED's are going to help significantly.

If possible, I suggest you take it back. Sorry. Sad
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Dec 1, 2017 3:20 AM CST
Hi there and welcome! Your olive tree is an a bad spot for it, get it near the window. Is your window getting some decent hours of sunlight every day? Olive trees need the sun, they cannot live without it. Bright indirect will do the job for a while, but then you will notice leaf drop. I'd place it right in front of the window. I have mine right in front of a window that gets sunlight each morning for some hours. Sparse waterings, these are xeriscape trees almost, I have seen some grow in total wild, dry and stoney places where I live, so be cautious not to overwater and let the water dry and more dry between waterings. The place where you have it right now is considered low light and not appropriate for this tree. I have no experience with grow lights, so I can't give help with that. Good luck! She will even give you olives if she gets proper conditions and if you have a balcony, putting her outside for some months. Mine is an Olea europaea, gets some months outside, but I am going to plant her permanently in the ground soon.
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Dec 1, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Thanks guys, Okay I'll see how it fairs (I've started putting in front of the window for the morning when the sun is facing my building) and if it starts going downhill I've a patio I can put it out on instead. Thanks for the advice

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