How to Grow Oleanders

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

Remove spent blossoms to encourage further bloom.


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Oleanders
  • Soil
  • Water
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