Why My Tea Olive Tree Dropping Leaves?

Written by Ivy

Dec 25 2021

Why My Tea Olive Tree Dropping Leaves?
Tea olive has rich aroma and golden color. People like it both for viewing and making food. Many flower friends plant tea olive at home because of this, but many flower friends encounter the phenomenon of tea olive falling leaves. What if the leaves of potted tea olive dropping? The reason for this phenomenon may be too much watering, too little watering, insufficient light and frostbite. There are different solutions for different reasons.

Watering Issues 

Most of the reasons why tea olive trees drop leaves are caused by improper watering. Tea olive trees generally grow very luxuriant branches and leaves. They need water every day to maintain the growth of the plant. If the watering amount is less when the weather is hot, the leaf water will evaporate, the leaves will dehydrate, and then fall. More water will accumulate water, leading to the decay of the plant roots and stop water supply, Leaves will drop without nutrition.
  • Solution: adjust the watering amount, temporarily avoid light, and remember to water frequently after the dropping leaves plants recover. Pay attention to dry and wet. Don't wait until the soil is dry and cracked. If the root of the plant is rotten, dig it out, cut off the rotten root, disinfect it, and then replant it.

Fungal Infection

Tea olive tree pests and diseases will also cause it to lose its leaves. For example, brown spot, blight and anthrax will cause the nutrient loss of dropping leaves, resulting in the loss of nutrients on Tea Olive leaves, which will wither and fall.
  • Solution: what if the leaves of potted tea olive fall off due to pests and diseases? The solution should pay attention to the prevention of pests and diseases. But before that, first move tea olive to a well lit and ventilated environment, and then spray chemicals according to what insect diseases. It is best to spray 50% carbendazim after 1000 times dilution with water, 2 ~ 3 times.


Extreme Temperature

Tea olive tree is not cold resistant. If the temperature is too low in winter, the leaves of tea olive tree will fall all the time. In severe cases, it will also make the leaves drop out and stop the possibility of new buds the next year.
  • Solution: if the leaves have started dropping, put the potted plants in a warm environment and then bask in the sun. It's best to wrap a layer of plastic film outside the trunk to keep warm and antifreeze, and finally cut off some branches and leaves of tea olive tree, so as to reduce water transpiration and improve frostbite.

Reduced Light     

Tea olive tree likes sunshine. Only sunshine can make its plants flourish. If tea olive trees grow in dark and dark places for a long time, they will not only be short and weak, but also have the risk of soot disease and leaf falling.
  • Solution: move the potted plants to a sunny environment, especially in winter, be sure to put them in the sun, otherwise there will be a phenomenon of plant leaves falling, and an appropriate amount of ventilation.

Tea Olive Tree Outdoor Placement

Tea olive is a woody plant. It is not suitable to be placed indoors for too long in summer. Generally, it should be placed outdoors for about 2-3 days for about a week to bask in the sun and drink dew. Otherwise, tea olive will lose its leaves or turn yellow in the four seasons and finally die.

Rotten Roots

Tea olive likes to be wet. Therefore, during the maintenance process, many people are afraid that tea olive cannot grow normally due to insufficient water, so they try their best to water it. But it's not a flood in tea olive. Avoid serious ponding in the basin. Otherwise, the root system of tea olive will rot, unable to absorb nutrients and grow normally. Cause the leaves to dry and fall.
  • Solution:
In this case, if it is a potted tea olive plant, it is necessary to stop watering in time to prevent it from being removed from the pot in the shade to dry, or cut off the rotten roots, and replace it with loose and fertile slightly acidic sandy soil conducive to drainage after disinfection. For tea olive planted on the ground, it is necessary to stop watering in time and do a good job in trenching and drainage to prevent rotten roots and leaves from falling off due to ponding.

How to Prevent Potted Tea Olive from Dropping leaves?

  • Autumn Topdressing
If you want to prevent the leaves of potted tea olive from falling, you must topdressing appropriately in autumn. Only when the fertilizer in autumn is enough, will there be enough nutrients in winter. When applying nitrogen fertilizer at the end of autumn, you can directly buy cake fertilizer retting solution or nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium compound fertilizer. Nitrogen fertilizer will be absorbed by the root of the plant. Only when the root nutrition is enough in winter will it survive the winter safely.
  • Proper Watering
Tea olive trees don't like drought, so they need to be watered frequently to maintain soil moisture. However, tea olive trees should not be watered much, and ponding should not be allowed in the basin. Water once every 2 ~ 3 days in spring and autumn, every day in summer and once every 6 ~ 8 days in winter. See dry see wet, wait until the soil is dry before watering.
  • Antifreeze in Winter
Tea olive trees are not cold resistant at all, and the growth temperature should be controlled between 18 ~ 25 ℃. The temperature must be kept above 15 ℃ in winter. If it is lower than 15 ℃, the plant will sleep. When it is lower than 5 ℃, the plant will freeze and lose its leaves.
  • Sufficient Light
Tea olive trees like the sunshine. If potted plants are kept indoors, try to put them in a place with a big sun by the window. In spring, autumn and winter, the sun can shine all day, and the sun exposure can reach more than 8 hours. In summer, in addition to avoiding the light appropriately at noon, the sun can be accepted at other times, which can prevent the loss of leaves.
  • Prevent Diseases and Pests
Tea olive tree has a strong fragrance and is easy to attract pests. Therefore, when planting, tea olive tree must be kept free from pests and diseases. Try to put it in a ventilated and dry environment. Once pests and diseases are found, it shall be removed immediately. If it is serious, the plant shall be sprayed according to the pests.