Cutting oleander is very easy to do and allows you to multiply your oleanders 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 soil, you guarantee that new roots will grow and thus a new oleander will be born.
Follow our advice to make a good oleander cutting. .
When to cut the oleander?
Traditionally, oleanders are cut into August . It is indeed at this time that you will have the best chance to succeed because the shrub has just completed its spring growth period.
This is also the right time to allow a good recovery in the ground from the autumn onwards.
But cutting from June is quite possible and even until September if the conditions allow it.
Cut the oleander well
Take a cutting :
Your shrub has a multitude of stems called twigs.
Not all of them are suitable for cutting.
The best are the non-flowering stems not too young, but whose wood should not be hard either.
They should measure between 15 and 20 cm
Delete base sheets :
All the part that will be immersed or buried must be leafless.
With a pruning shears or a sharp knife, you will remove all the lower leaves to keep only the upper ones.
It is always best to heat or clean your tools with alcohol to sterilize them.
On the picture on the right you can see the top 3 leaves which should open soon.
Cut the base of the stem :
By making a small incision, you make it easier for roots to grow.
For a few millimeters, you’re going to cut into the bottom of the stem.
For this purpose, use a cutter or a sharp knife, preferably one that has been sterilized to avoid contaminating the cutting.
This step facilitates and accelerates the creation of roots because the contact surface with minerals and nutrients becomes larger.
Soak the cuttings in water. :
For several days, you will leave the cuttings in a glass of water to give it time to develop roots.
You will be able to change the water once or twice a week in order to give back organic matter to the plant.
This step is not necessary because you can plant the cutting directly into a pot filled with soil.
But going through this water phase, you increase your chances of success .
Plant the cutting in soil :
Once the branch has made a multitude of roots, it will have to be potted.
This step must be meticulous because the root system is still very fragile and should not be broken.
So take great care to plant this cutting in soil, preferably special cutting soil.
If you choose to plant the cutting directly in soil without going through the mud stage, soak it in cuttings hormone.
This will make recovery easier.
Keep the soil moist for several weeks :
It is important to keep a good level of humidity during the growing phase.
But be careful not to flood the cutting, which could end up rotting.
Watering must therefore be regular but limited.
Cutting in winter
If you cut your cuttings at the beginning of the summer, your cutting has already reached a large size in the fall and the winter remains mild at home, you can install it in the ground in the fall.
But in general, it’s best to keep your new plant in a potty and safe during the winter.
In the fall, repot in a slightly larger pot and place it in a bright, cool but frost-free place.
You can reduce watering and wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
Planting in the spring :
After any risk of frost, you can install your plant in a large pot outside or directly in your garden.
Once again, be sure to mix the garden soil with planting soil or flowering plants, as it is at the beginning that they will have most of their growth. nutrient requirement to grow.
Water regularly, taking care not to flood the roots as oleander is sensitive to excess moisture.
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