How to Plant Oleander


The oleander is a hearty flowering shrub or tree that takes a minimal amount of maintenance. It is used ornamentally and is often planted along highways. The oleander can tolerate the high temperatures of the desert. Because it can grow tall and dense, rows of oleanders are often used as privacy screens. The oleander can be grown in soil conditions that might make other plants perish. It grows in soil that is clay, loom, sandy, acidic or alkaline.

Step 1

Wear gardening gloves when handling the oleander and planting.

Step 2

Dig a hole slightly larger than the container holding the oleander. Choose a partial shade or sunny location away from pets or children, with well draining soil.

Step 3

Tap the bottom of the container to loosen the oleander from the nursery pot.

Step 4

Lift the plant from the container. If necessary, cut a vertical line down the side of the pot to remove the oleander.

Step 5

Set the oleander in the hole and back fill with the dirt that was removed, to fill in the hole. The soil line should be the same as it was when the oleander was in the nursery container.

Step 6

Water thoroughly.

Tips and Warnings

  • The oleander is one of the most poisonous plants and should be kept away from pets and children.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Gardening gloves
  • Heavy shears


  • Grow Oleanders, But Be Careful; University of Florida Extension Service; Ralph E. Mitchell;
  • Argi Life Extension; Oleanders
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About this Author

Ann Johnson was the editor of a community magazine in Southern California for more than 10 years and was an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in communications from California State University of Fullerton. Today she is a freelance writer and photographer, and part owner of an Arizona real estate company.