They’re apparently the next big thing in indoor houseplants.
Hit the road fiddle leaf fig trees, step aside succulents—there’s a new houseplant in town. The olive tree is set to become the “it” indoor plant of the moment. It’s no surprise that the plant has amassed a fan base, it’s a pretty plant with lush foliage that can lend some Mediterranean style to any space. After seeing the plant pop up on our radar recently, we decided to ask an expert why it’s gaining in popularity—and exactly how easy it is to care for it. Take a look at what professional landscaper and HGTV and DIY Network host Chris Lambton had to say below.
What Are Olive Trees?
If you’re picturing the trees in a lush olive grove in Italy or Greece, think again. “The olive trees that we are seeing inside homes today are actually just a dwarf variety of the olive trees you would normally see in Spain, Italy, or Greece—or even in California gardens,” Lambton says.
Why Are They Becoming Popular?
Like succulents and air plants, they’re low-maintenance, for the most part. “They’ve become popular due to the fact that they tolerate dry air and dry soil,” he says. “This means you can leave them near air vents, and the plant will feel right at home. Plus, no misting required!”
How Do You Care for Them?
Make sure you pot the tree in a well-drained container. “They do not like swampy soil so I recommend the bottom of any container have stones to allow for drainage,” Lambton says. “Let the soil dry out in between waterings.” Over-watering the plant can be harmful to the plant.
Where Should You Display Them?
You might not want to get an olive tree if your home doesn’t get much light. “They require full sun so place them near south-facing windows—the more light the better,” he says. If your plant needs a little more sun than your home provides, you can bring it outside during the warmer months.
How Do You Buy Them?
Lambton recommends purchasing the dwarf variety, which grows to about six feet, but you can easily maintain the height you want by pruning. Check your local nursery or plant store for them. And if you aren’t all that confident with your green thumb, might we suggest a faux one from Bed Bath and Beyond or Ethan Allen?