What is this hanging from my oleander plant?

by Jay
I noticed that my Oleander plant which always has flowers had stopped blooming for awhile. Was looking at it wondering what the problem was when i saw this hanging from a spike. Is it a seed pod? Do i have to remove it for the plant to bloom once again? Please advise.
q what is this hanging from my oleander plant, flowers, gardening
q what is this hanging from my oleander plant, flowers, gardening
  19 answers
  • Jean Connor Jean Connor on Sep 07, 2013
    I read the only bloom on new growth and the have to be pruned in september for spring blooms

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 07, 2013
    Yes, that is a seed pod. (You can compare with the photo of one here: http://www.floridagardener.com/pom/NeriumOleander.htm ) It is my observation that oleanders bloom in waves. Mine is taking a break right now as well, but I have every confidence it will soon start in again.

  • Jay Jay on Sep 07, 2013
    Douglas Hunt,do i need to remove it so the plant can bloom again? That's what i need to know.

    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 08, 2013
      @Jay You can remove it but I can't imagine the one seed pod is affecting the plant's blooming. Dozens of oleanders line our causeway here, and I can assure you no one goes along snipping out the errant seed pod.

  • Peg Peg on Sep 07, 2013
    Yay! You have a seed pod! I would assume, like other plants, to remove the seed pod so it can bloom again.

  • Marietta Marietta on Sep 08, 2013
    Aren't the plants poisonous to people and animals. I read to wear a shirt when handling. I can hardly believe that because I see so many.

  • Anne Tighe Anne Tighe on Sep 08, 2013
    they are poisonous to consume. We had several in Arizona and used to prune them with hedge trimmers once/twice a year.

  • Julie B Julie B on Sep 08, 2013
    Yes, they are poisonous if eaten by anything. It is ok to remove the seed pod, and it is the reason that it stopped flowers. It is putting all energy into the pod.

  • Linda Mahoney Linda Mahoney on Sep 08, 2013
    I have an Oleander that keeps growing but it didn't blossom this year. Do they like to be pot bound or does it need a larger pot?

    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 08, 2013
      @Linda Mahoney They don't need to be in a particularly large pot (in the attached article the largest the author uses are 10 to 12 inches), but they do need lots of bright light. See the link for cultural tips on growing oleanders in northern climates (you'll have to scroll down a bit, but it's there): http://www.oleander.org/culture.html

  • Tracey T Tracey T on Sep 08, 2013
    You should probably feed them.

  • Jay Jay on Sep 08, 2013
    It is in a medium size pot ,on my terrace getting lots f bright light and sun and i fertilise them too. Where earlier they used to bloom even without any extra fertiliser other than the little mixed in the potting mix. I strongly feel it stopped blooming due to the seed pod. I have cut it off now. So,let me see.

  • Jessie Jessie on Sep 08, 2013
    to much water will stop bloom.

  • Jay Jay on Sep 08, 2013
    Thankyou Jessie.I think its the seed pod and the rains together that might've affected blooming! Been pouring here!

  • Yvonne B Yvonne B on Sep 09, 2013
    Mine got seed pods and quit blooming. I removed seed pods and within three weeks it started getting buds again.

  • Jay Jay on Sep 09, 2013
    Grandma Carol, I was wondering the same thing too! So ,i snipped iit and left it in the pot to dry a little and see what happens.I'm sure the experts here can answer this.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Sep 10, 2013
    For those who'd like to try to grow oleanders from seed (the University of Florida doesn't recommend it because they are so easily propagated from cuttings), here's how (note that is is highly unlikely the new plants will match the parent, and that it can take 30 to 90 days for the seeds to germinate): http://www.ask.com/explore/growing-oleander-seeds

  • Jay Jay on Sep 10, 2013
    Thankyou for the information Douglas Hunt!

  • Diane Carlisle Diane Carlisle on Sep 11, 2013
    I have 2 planted in the ground and they grow huge every year. I have to cut them back at the end of the year to have room to get around them in my yard! I have bunches of seed pods on mine and it is steady blooming too.

  • Jnf10768161 Jnf10768161 on Sep 08, 2016
    In the south these grow very large and only cure is to cut them back. Remember all parts of oleander are poisonous The hanging thing is a seed pod, but oleander is so easy to start new plants from cuttings Good luck

  • Phyllis Phyllis on Mar 04, 2017
    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!