What to do with Oleander seed pods?

by Phyllis
We have several oleanders we got last year from a nursery and they're all still in their pots in the backyard. They had flowers on them at first, but then they fell and now there are a bunch of seed pods on them, many of which have opened with this brown fluff coming out. Should these all be cut off? Haven't had any more flowers. How toxic are the pods and fluff? For context, we're in southern California and we've had the wettest winter in many years. Thanks so much for any responses here! icon
  6 answers
  • J9a8224098 J9a8224098 on Mar 04, 2017

    You don't have to remove them, unless you don't want to have any other plants coming up. The are seeds just like the Dandelion has. They will just blow in the wind.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Mar 05, 2017

    The pods are just there so the plant can germinate. No need to remove them. The seeds and fluff can be toxic to animals and humans so avoid ingestion.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 05, 2017

    Actually I remove the pods and discard them.Doing this created for more flowers.

  • Phyllis Phyllis on Mar 05, 2017

    Thanks for your responses, folks! I think I'll remove the pods and the fluff while wearing gloves. We have four kitties here and I'm nervous about them getting into the mess.

  • Laura Rogers Laura Rogers on Mar 08, 2017

    I also remove the pods for continuous blooms and I feed miracle grow once a month for healthy growth.

  • Phyllis Phyllis on Mar 08, 2017

    Thanks, Laura! Will be doing this, too, soon.