Help with dying(?) Oleander
Hi all. I recently posted about a shrub that I couldnt recall the name of. It is an oleander shrub, which I also found out is not supposed to be hardy to my zone.
I thought it was dead, but I did the scratch test, and it's still green beneath. Now I have two problems. First of all, it appears to be dead. What should I do with it? SHould i cut it back, remove the dead leaves? I don't know. I'm thinking that I should test from the top with scratches, and cut off anything above what shows green beneath. Sound right?
And then, we had a mild winter, it could be just plain dumb luck that the bush survived at all. I am thinking, since I do like the plant, you know, when it's not dead and brown, I'm thinking of potting it, and bringing it in over winters from here on out. I think that should be alright, since I don't think they get more than maybe 8 feet tall. I could be wrong about that. Seems the ones I remember from Florida were never very tall. But they bloom alot all season, and I do get plenty of sun in my dining room for it.
But I'm not sure. It's hard to find information on roots, and I'm worried that potted may not be a good idea for it's roots. They are essentially I think small trees. Indeed I'm not even sure which they qualify as, small trees or bushes.
Any advice? Anyone know anything about oleanders?
Unless advised otherwise, I think I will go ahead and cut it back and pot it. Oh that too, I was worried about. Do you think it would hurt it to be dug up at this time? Or should I cut it back and leave it there to give it time to recover from the winter first?