When to Plant an Oleander Bush?

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Oleanders are a type of upright shrub or tree originally native to Morocco. These plants are popular ornamental landscaping plants in areas with warm climates and produce attractive flowers year-round. Planting oleanders correctly can help produce a strong, established plant and beautiful blossoms.

Planting Time

  • The International Oleander Society recommends planting oleanders between their initial spring bloom and September. Prune newly planted oleanders carefully during the spring, summer and fall, but refrain from pruning during the cold season.

Pre-Planting

  • Keep oleanders moist and protected from extreme temperatures before planting. When possible, place these plants close together to keep them standing during high winds and to prevent water loss. Store un-planted oleanders in shady areas.

Planting Conditions

  • Oleanders prefer sunny locations and well-drained soil. They tolerate dry, sandy conditions well and according to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, grow in soils from pH 5 to pH 8. Irrigate newly-transplanted oleander bushes regularly for the first year after planting to allow them to establish themselves.

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