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NERIUM oleander Pink

Oleander Apple Blossom

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$3.50  Sale $3.33

Family: Apocynaceae

Subfamily: Apocynoideae

Characteristics: Shrub 4 m spread 3 m

Seeds per packets: 20

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Oleanders are an extremely hardy shrub that will adapt to a wide variety of growing conditions including salty winds of the seaside, to dry sandy desert soils and wetlands.

Numerous slender stems with long narrow leaves occurring in groups of three. Flowering occurs profusely during summer.

Native to the Mediterranean region.

Adaptable to most soils but prefers an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed too deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right condition.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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