Also known as
Ceylonrose, Rose Bay, Rose Laural, Selonsroos (Afr.), Rosebay
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Nerium oleander is a tender evergreen shrub is often planted along roadsides as a beautiful shrub or small tree in warmer climbs but is a favourite container plant else where. Needing to be kept above 2C it will flower almost throughout the year given favourable conditions. It is very poisonous and in South Africa it has been classified as invasive and recommended to Not be planted anymore.
Common problems with Oleander
Can suffer from scale insects, spider mites and mealy bugs when grown under glass but otherwise pest and disease free.
How to harvest Oleander
Do not use any part of this plant!
How to propagate Oleander
The seedpod burst open to disperse fluffy brown seeds by wind. They germinate in 4-6 weeks.
Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, approx. 7.5cm sections or terminal shoots of the current years growth. Place in a propagator (12-20C) to speed rooting.
Special features of Oleander
Once established, it can endure severe drought.
Often found along riverbeds and streams.
Other uses of Oleander
Specimen, ornamental, border, hedging, privacy, fragrance, indoor, conservatory. Tolerates coastal conditions.
Poisonous to Pets
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