The size of the oleander

A very floriferous shrub in the South of France, the oleander can be grown in hedges, as an isolated subject or even as a tree. In the coolest regions, it will be grown in a pot under cover. Whatever its use, proper pruning will be required to get the best from this fantastic plant.

A laurel hedge in the south
A laurel hedge in the south maintain by pruning

General information on oleander pruning

The oleander is a beautiful shrub naturally bushy that expands nicely when grown optimally. For this he has need, heat, sun and water. Once these parameters are required, it will be necessary to prune it, knowing that this type of shrub flowers only on the most recent branches. Too drastic pruning will therefore logically compromise the next flowering.

Pruning will only be done on subjects over 5 years oldand only one year out of two or even three, except in the case of the formation of a shrub on stem which will require the removal of shoots and side branches every year.

The different types of sizes

Depending on its use, the laurel can be pruned in various ways but always respecting the principle that this operation must be carried out with care and at the right time.

The rod size

Magnificent, the stem-cut oleander will later become a very ornamental flowering tree. To achieve this it will take prune all peripheral branches every year as well as the side branches in order to keep only the main stem which will grow to become a powerful trunk. This technique is ideal in the gardens of the South of France where the subject will have all the conditions required to develop well.

The pruning of the bushy oleander

As we have seen, laurel tends to grow very freely in the form of a spreading bush. The aim will be both to clear the center of the shrub and reduce its spread. The right time is after flowering in warmer regions, or in April everywhere else.

Proceed on a subject at least 5 years old. Using the pruner, cut back all dead branches. Also remove the branches that cross each other in the center of the tuft to let the light in. and air to the maximum in the plant and thus avoid the installation of parasites. Then cut the end of the oldest stems on 1/3 just above a pair of leaves.

try keep as many branches as possible from the previous year to ensure a beautiful flowering. It is generally recommended to prune only a third of the existing stems per year. Make a rotation the following years in order to preserve its port with the shrub while ensuring the future flowering.

Pruning oleanders in hedges

A common mistake is to prune the oleanders drastically every year in order to obtain a straight hedge. However, all the interest of this type of hedge lies in its wild and flowery side for nearly 6 months. THE same advice as for pruning bushy laurel will therefore be applied to hedges so that they are both full and offer opulent flowering.

Pruning oleander in a container

The purpose of this size is to maintain a compact subject in order to winter it easily indoors. Then prune in autumn, just after flowering.. Remove dead branches or those that cross and reduce the width and height of the plant, but always keeping if possible the branches of the previous year on which the flowers will form.

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