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Oleanders (Nerium oleander) are very hardy shrubs with lance-shaped, rather leathery leaves and masses of single or double flowers in shades of white, cream, yellow, apricot, pink and crimson .  They flower from early summer to late autumn and will grow in all but the coldest climates.  It’s important to note that all parts of an oleander are poisonous, to both humans and pets, and should not be eaten.


How to grow oleander in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  In areas with heavy or clay soil, to help improve soil structure and drainage, add gypsum and mix in well.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk. 
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and lots of colourful flowers.

     
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How to grow oleander in a pot

  1. Pick a compact variety that can be grown in a pot.  Choose a pot at least 500mm wide and deep. Position in full sun.
  2. Fill chosen pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.  Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and lots of colourful flowers.

Growing tips

  • They don’t like very wet conditions

  • Will grow in most locations including coastal

  • Dwarf Oleander is ideal for pots or garden beds


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