Oleander in pot
Normally when you buy an oleander specimen, this is already equipped with a container that encloses the clod of earth: obviously this container will not go well when the plant will grow and when the roots will become bigger and deeper. For this reason you must immediately get a very large container, at least half a meter wide and at least half a meter deep. The soil should be prepared by dividing the common garden soil and the growing soil into equal parts, perhaps adding a little humus that favors the growth of the plant: the clod of earth that contains our oleander should be immersed for a while in a bucket full of water so that the plant rehydrates. Afterwards it is necessary to move the roots to enlarge them and prepare them to be buried in the container, at least thirty centimeters deep. At the end of this operation, the plant must be watered to compact the substrate.
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Characteristic oleander containers
The oleander is a shrubby plant native to the Mediterranean area: in our country it is widespread both in the wild, as a plant to be cultivated in a container or even on the ground. It is a very strong and resistant evergreen shrub, both to the weather, to drought and to pollution, which is why it is also widely used as street furniture and it is easy to meet even in the flowerbeds of motorway lane dividers. From the beginning of spring to the beginning of autumn, the oleander produces beautiful flowers, grouped in bunches that grow on the tops of the branches: normally the inflorescences are pink, but now there are also hybrids with white flowers, red purple or striated with different shades. In autumn, flowering comes to an end and the fruits sprout out, like elongated woody balls with a woolly surface containing seeds. The oleander leaves are very decorative and elegant, because they are long and oval, of a very particular dark green color. They are not smooth and shiny leaves, but rough and a little hard.
Growing oleander in pots
The potted oleander is an excellent remedy for cultivating this beautiful plant, even without having a garden. Cultivating it in a container, in fact, it is possible to keep an oleander specimen also on balconies and terraces, also because it does not need a lot of care. It must be remembered that it is a plant that loves the sun, therefore it must be positioned in a luminous place but if possible sheltered from strong currents; if it is not possible to put it in a sunny position, the half shade will also be fine. Another important thing to remember is the choice of a very large container, because only with so much space can the oleander grow and expand, obtaining a thick and beautiful foliage. From time to time this hair must be trimmed to give it an elegant shape and to eliminate any dry or damaged parts.
Oleander in pot care
The oleander in a container, as well as the one on the ground, must be watered often and abundantly, but you must always check that the water does not remain in the saucer for too long, otherwise you risk fungal diseases. In spring it is necessary to give the plant organic fertilizer, while in summer, with the great heat, it is useful to opt for a liquid fertilizer for flowering plants, to be added to the water of normal irrigations every two weeks. In this way a beautiful and very abundant flowering will be obtained. In general, the oleander is a very rustic plant, however, there are some varieties that do not tolerate temperatures below zero, so we must choose our specimen well, depending on the climate in which we live. When pruning it is good to use gloves since all the parts of the oleander are poisonous, in particular the latex coming out of the leaves and branches when they are cut.