Hardiness - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by stevebrickse
April 9, 2010
I purchased a couple of oleander shrubs and

Answer from NGA
April 9, 2010
Both oleander and Mexican bird of paradise love warm winters and will be damaged at freezing temperatures or below. Since you've kept them in your garage during the winter, they should perk up once they're taken outdoors. Mexican bird of paradise naturally dies down to ground level in the winter so you can safely prune yours back to just above soil level. When the weather warms it will grow by leaps and bounds. Oleander is damaged by frosty weather but I think yours dropped its leaves due to insufficient light and cool temperatures. They are vigorous plants, though, so I think you'll see new stems and leaves develop now that they are out in the sunshine.

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