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How to Grow Oleander

2016/8/8 10:23:36
Oleander in India

Overview

Oleander is a shrub or small tree that is native to Morocco, areas around the Mediterranean and Asia. As an evergreen, it will stay beautiful year-round. Known for its easy-to-care-for nature and enchanting, colorful blooms, oleanders make nice ornamental plants for those gardeners who don't want a lot of fuss. Oleander is only hardy between Zones 8 to 10, although it can handle a light frost now and then.

Step 1

Choose a place to plant your oleander. It can be planted in full sun to partial shade and does well in poor soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole for your oleander. Make sure the hole is about 1 to 2 feet deep and at least 2 feet in diameter. Place the oleander in the hole and cover with tightly packed soil. Compost or manure can be added to the root ball if you so desire.

Step 3

Water your oleander about two to three times a week for 10 minutes each watering as it is getting established. Once it is a year old, water it only once every other week for 10 minutes each watering. Water it less If you live in a wet climate and more if you live in a dry climate.

Step 4

Prune your oleander in the spring and winter. Cut off any dead, damaged or over-reaching branches at the base. Trim it back into a neat globular or square shape.

Step 5

Fertilize your oleander in the spring with 1 cup of a water-soluble mixture of 10-10-10 plant formula for maximum blooms.

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