How to Grow Oleanders

Written by colleen morrison
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Native to the Mediterranean region, Oleanders are lovely in the spring and summer. They’re drought resistant. They produce beautiful blossoms, and they grow tall and bushy to hide a multitude of backyard eyesores. Almost anyone can grow oleanders, especially those who live in warmer climates. The following tips explain how to grow oleanders.

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Things you need

  • Oleanders
  • Soil
  • Water

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    Determine where your oleanders will thrive, based on your climate. If you have long, hard freezing winters, your oleanders will be happiest indoors. You could put them in a greenhouse or use them as house plants. They can tolerate an occasional mild freeze, but they’re not up to nasty cold.

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    Plant your oleanders in full sun, in well-drained soil. They will tolerate shade, but they don’t really like it. The plants won’t grow to their fullest in a shady spot.

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    Prune your oleanders in early spring to remove dead wood and anything that was damaged by cold during the winter. They don’t mind a severe pruning, and they’ll continue to branch if you cut back their stem tips.

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    Remove spent blossoms to encourage further bloom.

Tips and warnings

  • Plant oleanders with care, wear gloves when handling your plants, and keep your children and pets away!
  • Reconsider planting oleanders if your household includes children, pets or livestock. Oleanders are extremely poisonous.

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