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by angelaintexas on August 03, 2006 04:59 PM
I need help with an Oleander plant. My husband’s mother planted this beautiful plant over thirty years ago. Yes, I know it is very poisonous! But, it is the most beautiful plant growing in our yard. This year, Honeysuckle, Briars, and other vines have almost over taken this plant. I have trimmed back all the vines and now I have a very thin plant. Any advise would be helpful to this “gardener want-a-be!” [flower]
by alankhart on August 04, 2006 04:59 AM
Just give it will soon grow back into a nicer plant. The vines, etc. were probably keeping it from getting sunlight to parts of the plant and now that it's getting sun to those parts it should grow fuller.

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by njoynit on August 04, 2006 09:50 AM
also trimming it back some will make it more fuller.I know its hard to do that.You can root the cuttings.I have a rooted cutting growing bloom yet,but its sending a new stalk up from the ground.They ARE pretty in bloom.

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by jbaby7162000 on August 07, 2006 10:56 AM
when can u take cuttings of and orleander?

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by angelaintexas on August 09, 2006 04:34 AM
I'm not sure, Joanne. I would like to know that too. Perhaps someone will come along and answer "when you can take cuttings of an Oleander." I would like to start another plant in our yard. Just in case the orginal plant dies!Good question!
by zuzu's petals on August 09, 2006 04:47 AM
The best time to root cuttings is from late spring to midsummer. Take a tip cutting 8-10 inches (20-26 cm) long, or stem cuttings 5-8 inches (13-20 cm) long from the middle or lower sections of the branch. Each cutting should have at least two sets of leaf nodes. Pull off all but the top whorl of leaves, and trim those to about one inch from the stem to reduce moisture loss. Most varieties will root successfully if simply put in a glass of water. However, the plants will actually get off to a healthier start if the cuttings are rooted in a solid medium.
This and more great propagating and growing info is available at
the International Oleander Society site,
including instructions for pruning and shaping your plant. [thumb]

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