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Oleander / Standard White
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Oleander / Standard White

Latin Name:

Nerium oleander

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Small forms growing to about three feet (90cm) in height avoid the rigorous pruning that the larger forms need to keep them to a small size. The trunks are vertical and have long slender leaves in pairs or whorls of three up their length. Flowers are in large clusters at the tips in shades of pink and red as well as white and yellow.

Origin:

Mediterranean

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed weekly during the spring and summer with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs and scale. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds/ stem cuttings with bottom heat in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

This is ideally grown in a large pot. Do not mist as this may cause damage. Prune back in the fall. The wood and sap of this plant is poisonous so do not keep around young children. Repot every year in the spring.

Is Genus:

No

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