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How to Grow Oleander from Cuttings: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow Oleander Plants from Cuttings


Oleander is a beautiful and popular plant that can add a touch of elegance to any garden. It is relatively easy to grow, and one of the best ways to propagate oleander is from cuttings. In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to grow oleander from cuttings.

Materials You Will Need

  • Oleander plant
  • Sharp knife or pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone powder (optional)
  • Potting mix
  • Pots or containers
  • Water
  • Clear plastic bag (optional)

Safety Precautions

It is important to note that oleander is a poisonous plant. All parts of the plant contain toxins that can cause serious health problems if ingested. Therefore, it is essential to wear gloves and eye protection when handling oleander plants. Keep all cuttings and plant material out of reach of children and pets.

Choosing the Right Cuttings

The best cuttings for propagating oleander are taken from healthy, mature plants. You can take cuttings from either new tip growth (greenwood) or semi-woody growth. Greenwood cuttings are more likely to root quickly, but semi-woody cuttings are more resistant to pests and diseases.

Taking the Cuttings

To take a cutting, use a sharp knife or pruning shears to cut a 6-8 inch (15-20 cm) section from the stem of the oleander plant. Be sure to cut just below a leaf node. Remove all the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only the tip growth.

Rooting the Cuttings

There are two main methods for rooting oleander cuttings:

  • Water: Place the cuttings in a jar or vase filled with water. Add a few drops of rooting hormone to the water to help promote root growth. Keep the cuttings in a warm, sunny location and change the water regularly.
  • Potting mix: Dip the bottom of the cuttings in rooting hormone powder and then plant them in a pot filled with moist potting mix. Keep the cuttings in a warm, humid environment. You can create a humid environment by placing a clear plastic bag over the pot.

Caring for the Cuttings

Once the cuttings have rooted, they can be transplanted into individual pots or containers. Water the cuttings regularly and fertilize them monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Keep the plants in a warm, sunny location and protect them from frost.

Transplanting the Cuttings

Once the oleander plants have developed a strong root system, they can be transplanted outdoors. Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. Dig a hole that is twice the width of the root ball and just as deep. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil. Water the plant deeply and mulch around the base to help retain moisture.

Tips for Success

  • Use sharp, clean tools to take cuttings.
  • Take cuttings from healthy, mature plants.
  • Keep the cuttings in a warm, humid environment.
  • Be patient, as it can take several weeks for the cuttings to root.
  • Protect the young plants from frost.


Growing oleander from cuttings is a relatively easy and rewarding process. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can successfully propagate your own oleander plants and enjoy their beautiful flowers for many years to come.

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