Oleander Care Quick Tips
- Oleander bushes like heat and sun
- they need lots of water
- overwinter them frost-free
- feed once a week during the growing season
- take care when handling - the whole plant is poisonous!
There are many different varieties available for cultivation: single or
double flowers in pink, white or red. The white oleander is particularly
elegant and decorative.
The oleander tree (Nerium oleander) is an evergreen upright shrub that
can get 2-3 m high. The leaves are oblong and would remind you of
In its natural environment the oleander tree grows in a mild climate
along streams where the soil stays moist for most of the time.
Oleander Plant Care Instructions
Oleander cultivation is not difficult. You just have to know that it
loves sun and water! They need lots of water during the summer month.
even leave some water in the saucer! Choose the sunniest and warmest
spot you have for your oleander shrub. A hot south-facing wall is ideal.
Feed them once a week with a liquid fertilizer.
Oleander is not frost hardy. They have to be over-wintered in a cool,
bright room. The ideal temperature is 5-10 degrees C. A greenhouse or
conservatory is ideal for this purpose. The plants of course will need
less watering during the winter months. The amount of water they need
though will depend on the room temperature.
Oleander Pruning And Propagation
Pruning oleander is easy. They actually don't require much cutting back.
Remove old branches of mature plants at the base to encourage new
The best time for oleander pruning is the spring. Older plants can be
cut back hard.
Don't dead-head finished flowers. These will be the first flowers of the following season.
The best way to propagate oleander shrubs is from cuttings. They root
easily in a glass of water. The best time for propagation is
to August. The cutting should 10-15 cm long. The cutting should grow
roots within 3 to 4 weeks. Once the roots are about 2 cm long pot them
Oleander is very poisonous. To avoid oleander poisoning children should
be watched and flowers and leaves should not be eaten! Avoid contact
sap and wash your hands and tools after pruning oleander trees. This
warning will hopefully not keep you from growing oleander. Just stick to
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