frost bitten oleanders - Knowledgebase Question

Sedona, Ar
Question by garymaui
February 6, 2010
We planted several oleanders here in Sedona last year. Most all the leaves and stems froze and are now brown. Do we remove the brown leaves and or trim of the dead parts before spring. Will they live? Some are trimed as trees from 5 to 8ft tall.

Gary Evans

Answer from NGA
February 6, 2010


As long as the roots didn't freeze the oleanders should recover. I'd wait a few more weeks until you're sure the weather will remain above freezing then prune off all the frost damaged stems and leaves. If you're not sure a stem is dead, wait until the plants begin to put out new growth. If new leaves emerge, the stems are fine. If not, prune them off at the base of the plant then give the plant some time to generate healthy new stems. Good luck with your oleanders.

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