Thinking of transplanting oleander

leah's picture

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I have an oleander bush, inherited from previous occupants, just outside my carport. it's about 4 feet tall, but instead of being nice and bushy, it's kind of spindly and wimpy looking, and bloom, while very pretty, is sparse. i'm not sure the site gets enough sun for it -- isn't oleander a big sun hog? -- and anyway it's sort of in the path of traffic. i'd like to transplant it, but i'd hate to kill it if all it needs is a good pruning. does anyone know the best way for me to help it? and if a pruning is what it needs, please advise. i've never actually pruned anything before.

leah's picture

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P.S. -- i forgot. if i transplant it, how much rootball should i move with the plant?

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Oleanders need alot of sun. If you're going to move it, I'd do it now. Cut it back to about 1' tall, then dig as big a root ball as you can reasonably get. Make sure it gets at least 1" of water a week either by rain or hose for the first summer.