Oleander – Frozen

Q: Last summer we planted these two oleander plants and looked forward to them coming back bigger and better this season. You can see what happened this winter in Cumming. What to do now? How do we care for these plants for the spring.

A: Those shrubs were perfectly happy growing at a nursery in Florida….then they were cruelly transported to the frigid wilds of Forsyth county and they have been shivering ever since.

In most winters, oleander would not have a chance of surviving the cold in Cumming. You got lucky this year with the mild winter weather.

I’d simply strip off the brown leaves and wait until May to see what sprouts from the damaged branches as the weather warms up. You can then prune out the dead stuff.

No guarantees on how they do next winter though!

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