The Oleander plant has long been an iconic part of British gardens. Its graceful, drooping branches have made it a favorite with artists and writers for hundreds of years. Today, as a popular ornamental plant, it is still quite fashionable. However, many people are not sure how to plant it in their own garden, and there is much to be learned before the big day arrives. This article looks at the different varieties of Oleander, explains what you need to do to prepare your garden for planting, and lists some of the pitfalls to avoid.
Before anything else, you need to know exactly what type of climate you live in. Each garden has its own temperature requirements and the conditions of different parts of the year can affect the health of your plants. This means that your buyer must choose plants that can thrive in your area, and if you are buying plants online, check the website carefully for advice about which species are suitable for your region. Once you have these details, you should visit a local showroom and try out the various types of Oleander in order to determine which ones are best suited to your soil and climate.
Planting time is very important in Oleander. The more leaf you can get off before the soil warms up too much, the better your chances are of thriving. This is because warm weather encourages root growth. For this reason, it is important that you prune your Oleander before it begins to expand too much, otherwise, the new growth will overwhelm the old. You can do this by either removing all the leaves on a sunny day or leave behind a healthy-sized border of leaves.
If you are planning on showing off your prized specimen in the autumn months, be aware that some varieties will lose their leaves in the autumn months if they are not given enough watering. On a similar note, ensure that your Oleander plants don't get dried out by winter rains. If you are worried about insects visiting your prized plants during this time, then there is a whole range of natural repellents available. These include cedar chips, tea leaves, and orange peel, all of which repel most forms of insect and plant invasion.
All plants have their respective seasons when they are in bloom. There are three periods in each year when you can take advantage of the benefits of planting a variety of Oleander in your garden. The first of these is the spring flowering season, from March until May. During this period, leafy plants such as Oleander, Juniper, Sumac, and Iris flood the soil, making it ideal for you to plant more for your own collection.
The second period of the year to plant these plants is in June when the leaves start to die back. Once the leaf death phase is over, the plants become dormant. During this time, it is important to provide sufficient watering for the plants to grow into a nice thick bunch of leaves. As the month's pass, your Oleander will begin to produce new flowers, some of which will be in the shape of the winter rose. In addition to blooming plants, there is also a possibility that some of the leaf-shaped plants will start to flower and reproduce.
The last period in which you should plant your collection is in September and October. The leaves on the stem will begin to die back, allowing the flowering buds to emerge. This is also a good time to fertilize your plants with the proper amounts of nutrients. You may even want to use fungicides or weed killers to help control any weed growth during this time.
The other important thing to remember about these plants is that it is always best to protect them from harsh weather conditions. If you live in an area where autumn is typically warm, such as the UK or the US, then it is important to keep your Oleander plant well-watered throughout the year. While it is not likely to wilt or burn, you want to make sure that it doesn't dry out completely. If your climate is quite harsh, such as the Pacific Northwest or the Great Lakes, then you are better off purchasing a container that is not plastic. Plastic is known for being very cold and humid, both of which are exactly what Oleanders need in order to grow.