An Oleander shrub can be a beautiful plant whether you grow it outdoors or keep one as a house plant. The plant is very easy to grow and requires little effort, but be aware that it is one of the most poisonous plants commonly grown in home gardens. Keep reading for some basic tips on how to grow Oleander.
Picking a Location
Oleander, considered a shrub or tree, is a drought-resistant plant that will survive in very hot weather. Even though it will survive in cold weather, it is suggested that you grow the plant indoors in extremely cold conditions. If you do grow the plant outdoors and the temperature reaches below thirty degrees, cut back any of its dead branches. When choosing a spot to plant your Oleander, make sure it will be safe from anyone it could harm such as a child or pet. Keep this in mind especially when growing an Oleander plant indoors. The spot should receive almost constant sun. Some shade will not hurt it, but constant shade will hinder its growth. Oleanders have been known to grow up to twenty feet tall and twenty feet wide, so be sure to pick a spot with enough room. There are also varieties know as “dwarf” versions and will grow much, much smaller.
Watering and Fertilizing the Plant
Although this is a drought-resistant plant, you will want to add water to it in order to encourage more blossoms to bloom. They will sprout to some extent on their own, but the more you water it the most you will see. You can fertilize the plant which will also enhance its growth and create more blossoms. The best time of the year to fertilize the plant is in the spring.
If you are not at risk of harming anyone or anything, feel free to grow your Oleander indoors. Because the plant tends to look like a small tree and can grow to be a pretty decent size, be sure to plant it in a decent sized planter. If you don’t have one, you can plant it in a smaller one and transfer it once it grows larger. When keeping the Oleander plant in your home, be sure to locate it near a window so it receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight. Use a general purpose fertilizer that will promote its healthy growth and offer it the nutrients it needs.
While the Oleander plant will look great in or around the rest of the plants in your garden, think about some other great locations for the plant. Remember, it can grow up to twenty feet, so choose the correct variety for the location you choose. Oleander shrubs look great along the side of a fence or used to decorate the side of a home. As long as you spend the time to trim your Oleander consistently and water it enough so it blooms the way you want it to, you will appreciate the beauty it will offer. Wear gloves when you work with the plant and remember to have fun!