Question: pruning oleanders
Hi, I am looking for advice on how to prune oleanders In one corner of the garden I have two oleanders that have become too high (about 3.5 meters) I would like to lower them by cutting all the high branches The plants in the lower part have woody stems. When is the most suitable period for pruning? If I cut all the high branches, won't I have flowering in the summer? I thank you and greet Antonietta
Pruning oleanders: Answer: pruning oleanders
in general oleanders are pruned in autumn, removing the tips of the branches that bloomed, and therefore the seeds and fruits that may have remained on the plants; at the end of winter the branches generally shorten, especially if ruined by the cold or with foliage damaged by frost; in your case you can shorten the oleanders, even if it is good perhaps to do the job gradually: if you remove the whole part with leaves and leave only the stems low, without foliage, the plants will have to make an incredible effort to quickly produce the new branches and the foliage. So now start to shorten the branches by about a quarter, in the autumn you will repeat the operation, so as to lower your shrubs significantly. In general, oleanders produce flowers on the branches of the previous year, but not on the branches that bloomed last year, but on the branches that developed during the last vegetative seasons. So if you want to prune your oleanders, avoid shortening the younger branches too much, but prune the old ones, which have the remains of the last flowering on the apex.