Oleander
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Oleander pruning

Zone Montpellier France | SarahMawhinney added on August 29, 2017 | Answered

I'm writing to you from Montpellier in the south of France where I have nerium oleanders that I want to cut back. At the moment they are about 5ft high and 4ft wide. I'd like them reduced by about a third. Most of the bushes have at least a dozen stems but the leaf growth is only at the top. I live in Montpellier from May to end of September so any pruning I'd like to be able to do before I leave. If this is not the right time of the year and I have to do it in the winter, then I could always ask a neighbor to do the job for me. Please advise.

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    dawnjhiking
    Certified GKH Gardening Expert
    Answered on August 30, 2017

    Hello,

    Thank you for sending us your gardening question. The best time to prune is right after bloom time. If you have late blooming varieties, you could trim before you leave in September.

    Here are a couple of articles you might find helpful:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/oleander/pruning-oleander-shrubs.htm

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/oleander/rejuvenating-overgrown-oleanders.htm

    Please let us know if you have any other gardening questions and happy gardening!

    Thanks
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