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Growing Together, Issue #90
July 27, 2014

Oleander Evergreen Tropical Beauty

Welcome to the July Growing Together newsletter from landscape solutions. I hope all of you had a great month. As usual, I would like to welcome our new members, as well as all of you returning. Some of you have been with me each month for eight years. Thank you. This month I wanted to share with you some insights on a tropical plant, Oleander.


The Oleander specimen is considered a tropical evergreen. This plant can be grown in sub-tropical climates, and will grow in zone seven here in the states, where I am from. One word of caution with the Oleander specie. Every part of the plant is toxic. Should not be planted around children or animals. You can plant this specie in full sun to part shade. It will form upright with the top be more rounded. The leaves are long and skinny, with a shiny dark green appearance.

It will grow in many different types of soil. Different color flowers such as white, pink, orange or yellow appear in the summer months. You can train Oleander to grow on a trellis or bush form. If you let the plant grow without pruning it, the maturity can reach up to 12 or more feet in height.

Here is one of Herbee Greenthumb's tips for you. "In our climate of zone seven, give the Oleander a hard pruning before the first hard frost. In the springtime, it will re sprout from the roots. Oleander can't take temperatures below 14 degrees. This is one reason I recommend a hard prune before frost."

You can plant the Oleander as privacy or hedges in tropical climates. This plant works well also as an accent plant. Great addition to your seashore landscape. Two varieties are hardy red or pink. A great option for using this plant is it is drought tolerant, and works well in dryer climates.

You can plant Oleander from seeds, but germination and growth rate is slow. Better solutions is bare root or root cuttings. The Oleander provides character for your sub-tropical to tropical gardens. If you live in a colder geographic location, make Oleander an addition to your indoor plants. Good plant for a variety of locations.

Tip For The Month

Over the last few days we have had 7 and a half inches of rain. We had a day where more than 4 inches fell. People were coming into the nursery and concerned about their plants leaves turning yellow. This is due to the large amount of rain in a short time frame. Let the plants dry out. Their root systems need to dry out as well. Over the next few days are temperatures will be soaring back into the 90's, and plants will dry out quickly. Know when and how much water each plant needs.

Thought For The Month

Always make the time to take a step back from work, or your day to day routine. I think all of us can get into a rut around what we do daily. Yesterday, the nursery was really slow, no customers due to the rain. Tom was babysitting our 13 month old grandson Isaiah at our home. I took the afternoon off to spend time with him. No job was worth the precious time with Isaiah.

Blakely our granddaughter turned a year old July 14th. She is walking all over the place. Isaiah is a little lazy and walking holding on to someone. I worked so much with plants and customers. This is one of my jobs, but every once in awhile, go treat yourself to something special. Do something fun or paying it back to someone else for their kindess. Maybe it is going out and spending time in your landscape or gardens. Whatever gets you out of the rut of everyday living, will add a new sense of joy in your heart.

I want to thank each of you for joining Herbee and I in July. We both hope you have a wonderful August, and look forward to being with you again at the end of August. Be safe and stay healthy.

Herbee and Kimberly

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