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 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 Organic Plant Food. 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, woodchip 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 Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and lots of colourful flowers. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

     
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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 Premium Potting Mix.  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 Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and lots of colourful flowers. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • They don’t like very wet conditions

  • Will grow in most locations including coastal


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