A skilfully pruned oleander is covered in flowers. It is very easy to prune it, and if you want a beautiful bushy plant, follow the advice below.

Useful Tips for Pruning Oleander

Pruning oleander is really simple. The reward for correct pruning is a vigorous, healthy, compact, abundantly blooming plant. Let’s see how to get started!


Cut back the oleander branches a little above the leaf axils. These are the parts of the plant where 3 leaves are attached to the stems. If you prune the leander at these points, you stimulate it to produce new branches. That is, 3 new branches will develop where there were 3 leaves before.

Allow some time for the new branches to grow a little before pruning them back (at the leaf bases), thereby stimulating the plant to branch again at these points. By using this method, you can triple the number of emerging branches again.


And, as a final result, you get a nice round, bushy oleander. Remember that the place of the first pruning should be sufficiently low on the plant, so that it serves as a suitable basis for all other emerging branches, as shown in the image below. As a bonus, each branch tip will develop a cluster of flowers. The more branches the plant has, the more abundantly it will bloom.


Frequently Asked Questions about Pruning Oleander

Why do we need to prune?

The main reason for pruning an oleander is to shape the plant and encourage the growth of new branches, and ultimately a richer flower yield.

When should we prune?

The best time to prune oleander is before its overwintering is started indoors in September or October. Pruning later than this can sometimes be detrimental to spring growth. However, if the condition of the plant requires it, pruning can also be done in the spring after overwintering.

Do the flowers develop on old or new branch tips of oleander?

Flower clusters grow on new branch tips.