Osmanthus Heterophyllus is a slow growing shrub and resembles the Holly plant. Its leaves are hard and shiny and the flowers are white and very fragrant.
Water thoroughly, but allow to dry between waterings. During the Winter rest period give only enough to prevent mixture from drying out completely.
Apply standard liquid fertilizer once every 2 weeks during active growth period only.
Re-pot every Spring, in fresh compost. After maximum pot size 8-10 inches has been reached, top dress each Spring.
Propagate from tip cuttings 3-4 inches long taken in Spring. Remove lower leaves and dip cut end in rooting powder. Plant cuttings in a 3 inch pot of equal parts peat moss and coarse sand or perlite. Enclose in a plastic bag or heated propagator and stand it in bright filtered light. After 8 weeks rooting occurs, uncover the pot and start to water the plant and move it to a brighter position.
Provide about 4 hours of curtain filtered sunlight from South, East or West window.
Cut back unwanted growths in Spring. To induce bushy growth, pinch out the growing tips every 3 or 4 months.
Osmanthus does best in a cool and well ventilated position such as an unheated porch or conservatory. It can tolerate drafts.
It requires moist air.
House-plant potting compost.
All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.