The Q&A Archives: About oleander

Question: I planted 5 oleander bushes around our flagpole last May. Now the leaves are all brown. Have planted them in other places and they stayed green year round. Are the ones around the pole dead?!

Answer: Oleanders generally thrive in full sunshine, in well draining soils. The browning leaves indicate root stress from either overly wet soils or lack of sufficient water. You should be able to water deeply once each week and keep your oleanders happy. If the site is near a lawn that receives a lot of water, than might explain why the plants are unhappy. With this information I hope you can determine just what the problem might be!

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