Pruning Oleanders - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by fisherdj_200
June 30, 2010
Now that the blooms have fallen from my oleanders, is this a good time to prune them? We pruned the die-off from the cold winter of 2010 in mid-March, but these shrubs are still very leggy and too big.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
It's usually not a good idea to prune in the midst of summer heat because it can shock the plant and expose newly bare tissue to sunburn. However, oleander are such tough plants that they can take some pruning if they are otherwise healthy. It's best to remove no more than one-third of a plant in any season. All parts of oleander are poisonous and it exudes a sap, so cover your skin. It's also a good idea to use a face mask so you don't inhale bits of plant material, which can cause respiratory distress.

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