Oleander | Nerium oleander

Oleanders are members of the Apocynaceae family, that immediately evoke the Mediterranean. It is therefore not surprising that these evergreen, bushy shrubs growing up to 3 m (10 ft) high are so popular. The narrow, lanceolate leaves are as elegant as the beautiful flowers. There are numerous varieties, some of them fragrant, which flower profusely well into the autumn so long as the summer has been warm and sunny. This is why oleanders should be placed in the brightest, warmest place where they are also sheltered from the rain. In summer they should be watered freely, preferably in the stand in which the container is placed. In addition, they need weekly applications of fertilizer.

Do not remove faded blooms because they can produce buds again in the following spring. Old branches can be cut back in spring. In winter, oleanders should be moved to light, well-ventilated place with a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F).

English: Flowers and leaves of Nerium oleander...

English: Flowers and leaves of Nerium oleander Português: Flores de Loendro ou Cevadilha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Varieties can be propagated from cuttings taken in winter and allowed to root in water in a glass. Oleander can also be raised from seed. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

20. March 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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