Trees and shrubs

Oleander cuttings, the technique


Oleander cuttings are very easy to do and allow you to multiply your oleander trees in a simple and economical way.

By taking a stem from your shrub, putting it in a vase and then in a pot filled with potting soil, you guarantee the appearance of new roots and therefore the birth of a new oleander.

So follow our advice for a successful oleander cutting..

When to cut the oleander?

Traditionally, oleander cuttings are August. This is when you will have the best chance of success as the shrub has just completed its spring growth period.
It is also the right time to allow a good return to the ground in the fall.

But cutting from June is quite possible and even until September if conditions allow.

Cut the oleander well

Take a cutting:

Your shrub has a multitude of stems called twigs.
Not all are perfectly suited to cuttings.

The best are the non-flowering stems, not too young, but the wood should not be hard either.

They should measure between 15 and 20 cm

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Remove base sheets:

All the part that will be submerged or buried must not include any leaves.

With a pruning shears or a sharp knife, you will remove all of the bottom leaves to keep only the top leaves.

It is always best to heat or clean your tools with alcohol to sterilize them.

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In the photo on the right we see the top 3 leaves which should soon open.

Incise the base of the stem:

By making a slight incision, you facilitate the appearance of roots.

On a few millimeters, you will notch the bottom of the rod.
Use for this a cutter or a very sharp and sterilized knife, preferably so as not to contaminate the cutting.

This step facilitates and accelerates the creation of roots because the surface of contact with minerals and nutrients becomes larger.

Soak the cuttings (s) in water:

For several days, you will leave the cutting (s) in a glass of water to give it time to develop roots.
You can change the water once or twice a week to restore organic matter to the plant.

This step is not essential because you can plant the cutting directly in a pot filled with potting soil.

But going through this phase in water, you increase your chances of success.

Plant the cutting in potting soil:

Once the branch has made a multitude of roots, it will have to be put in a pot.

This step must be meticulous because the root system is still very fragile and they must not be broken.
So take great care to plant this cutting in potting soil, preferably special cuttings.

If you choose to plant the cutting directly in potting soil without going through the vase step, soak it in cutting hormone.
This will facilitate the recovery.

Keep the soil moist for several weeks:

It is important to keep a good level of humidity during the growth phase.
But be careful not to flood the cutting which could end up rotting.

Watering should therefore be regular but limited.

Cutting in winter

If you are cutting in early summer, your cutting has already reached a significant size in the fall and the winter remains mild in your home, you can plant it in the ground as early as fall.

But in general, it is best to keep your new plant in a pot and shelter during winter.
In the fall, repot in a slightly larger pot and set it up in a bright, cool place where it does not freeze.

You can reduce watering and wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.

Planting in spring:

After all risk of frost, you can install your plant in a large pot outside or directly in your garden.

Again, take care to mix the garden soil with planting soil or flowering plants because it is at the beginning that they will have the most need for nutrients to develop.

Water regularly, taking care not to flood the roots as oleander is sensitive to excess moisture.


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