A common garden shrub in the tropics, the romantic-sounding Oleander makes an impressive pot plant. Clusters of, usually bright pink, appear at the ends of . The long spear-like are normally a clear green but on some varieties they may be a greyish-green.
- Growing season 10-20 °C (50-70 °F)
- Minimum winter 2 °C (36 °F)
Soil: A firmly-pressed soil-lesscontaining a little bone meal.
Where to: A sheltered sunny position out of doors in summer. A light, airy frost-free spot in winter. It will resent temperature fluctuations if extreme.
Watering requirements: Water with lukewarm (never cold) water. Keep soil condition springy to thumb pressure. Feed weekly with weak liquid fertilizer.
General care: Keep in good light in a cool position. Cut off faded flowers.
Rest: Reduce water considerably in winter. Re-pot in spring adding a little bone meal to the compost. Increase water as growth begins.
When it looks sick:
- Browning leaves : Usually indicates bad and a tendency to become waterlogged. Carefully re-pot the plant. Provide really good drainage and avoid over- .
- The plant does not bloom freely : Over- may result in lush growth. Failure to remove dead blossoms will discourage continued flowering.