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Name: Oleander
Scientific Name: Nerium oleander
Family: Apocynaceae

Soil: Sandy soil with good drainage.
Sun: They like full sun and can tolerate the hot southwest sun without any problems.
Water: It does not like to be wet all the time. It needs very little water during winter time (a few times in a month should be sufficient). During Spring, start resume a good water routine. Water thoroughly each time. Prefers to be dried up a bit in between watering.
Care: Keep it trimmed. Clear out the space around in order for the healthy development of the plant. I noticed the grasses tend to chock the plant if not taken care of.
Tips: Over watering could lead to poor flower production. Water it a couple times a week, but each time pool the water up a little around the roots.


Oleander can be counted as a fast growing and hardy plant. Here it is often used as a barrier shrub. I purchased my seven oleanders a few years ago. At the time, they were just a little over a foot tall and had only one or two branches. A few years later, they have already reached the top of my rock wall and they have almost filled up the gap between them. Every spring, they flowered abundantly in red, pink and white. Most of them retaining their green leaves throughout the year. One of them, strangely, dies down each winter, but grows right back in spring.

Like orange, oleander does not like to be in wet sagging soil the whole time. Too much water does not help it grown. I used to have them on the drip system, but soon found out they doní»t like to be watered very often, and when watering them, it is better to flood them a bit. Also because they attracts a lot aphis when they are flowering, power spring their leaves and flower buds once a while is the best way to keep these little green creators away, and keep the oleanders look nice and healthy.


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