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General Information on Dipladenia / Mandevilla

Mandevilla are easy to care for, bloom tirelessly until the first frost of the year, and look gorgeous. They are real miracle flowers! You'll find information on their attributes, application, and availability here. Please also see the sections on selecting and caring for mandevilla!

Two mandevilla "Rubiniana" / Mandevilla x amabilis

Attributes

The first mandevilla came from South America to Europe in 1861 and by 1900, were already popular indoor plants for winter gardens/conservatories, etc.. Since about 2000 they are experiencing a renaissance, especially in outdoor use. The newly created hybrids are easy to care for, especially because of excellent water retention (storage root), heat tolerance, and a long flowering period. Unlike clematis and rose, mandevilla are suitable for hot southern walls. They have excellent potential when it comes to representative detailed / partial greening at entrances of residential houses and shops, on balconies, terraces, pillars, in winter gardens (interior greening), etc... The funnel-shaped white, pink, or red flowers are present from May to the first frost. But be aware: shoots and leaves contain a white, inedible (and poisonous!) rubbery sap. 

 

Mandevilla can easily be shaped to a new growth habit -- you will find more information on that in the next section. The forms that are most interesting for facade greening have twining shoots and grow slowly. You might need material to bind and tie the mandevilla.

Plants per Pot

One or several mandevilla can share a single pot... the number of mandevilla will determine the price. Two versions are available for most mandevilla: the less expensive version is less dense and will grow fewer flowers. This version is a good choice when it is placed in a heated winter garden where it can grow over the years. The more expensive mandevilla guarantee a full-blown flowering in the year that they are bought; either there will be a particularly strong, branching plant in the pot, or alternatively, several medium-sized plants will share the same pot.

Price

In addition to the number of plants, the size of the pot and the height of the plant also determine the price. The more expensive variant has already formed more roots in the large pot, is better branched, and will flower more abundantly. But, it also had to stand in the greenhouse for weeks or months longer! If you plan on hibernating your mandevilla, a small plant will suffice, which in later years and in the large pot will flower no less abundantly than its pricier sister!

Botanical Aspects

Leaves, flowers, storage roots, branching, twining, etc.. can be seen here in detail.

Mandevilla storage root
Mandevilla shoots wind clockwise around their support. This is a cultivar with smaller leaves (growth group B).
Twining growth of a large-leafed cultivar (growth group C)
Mandevillas are often pressed into a more compact shape with chemical growth inhibitors. The leaf pairs are then closer to each other and the flowers are denser.
An inedible/toxic rubbery liquid is secreted when the plant is 'injured' in any way.
Dipladenia with small, smooth leaves. The flowers grow on an extra stem from a leaf axil. Each pair of leaves can form a maximum of one such peduncle; they don't appear for every leaf pair.
Dipladenia with large, ribbed leaves; the buds are clearly visible.
Such a tuft can easily hold 10 buds or more.
The buds grow slowly.
After several weeks, the first flower near the stem opens. Depending on the type, each flower may stay open for 3 to 14 days.
No chance: mandevilla simply "taste bad" and are ignored by aphids, mites, and other nibbling creatures.
Neat and clean: withered flowers will dry and fall off by themselves.

Available Forms

Depending on the variety, growth habit and duration, and the use of growth inhibiting chemicals, mandevilla are available in the following styles/presentations: tuft, hanging basket, with a stake, two stakes, one or two arches, with a trellis or a pyramid as support.

Red dipladenia as a small bush for window boxes, etc..
Dipladenia as a hanging basket
Displadenia with a double arch (standing trellis)
Mandevilla as "espalier"
Dipladenia as "pyramid"
Three-sided pyramid with additional bamboo rods
Pyramid with a double stake and a horizontal rod
Mandevilla as a large pyramid (up to 2 metres high)
 
 
 
 

Uses

Mandevilla can be used in many ways: see here some photo examples. We sell an assortment of mandevilla that are best suited for greening facades.

Tiny dipladenia sanderi as decoration
Small dipladenia as a table ornament
Small tuft next to a fountain
Small tuft "cream pink" on a windowsill
Small dipladenia in a flower box
Red and light pink mandevilla ("cream pink")
Potted dipladenia at a holiday resort
Hanging dipladenia
Hanging basket
Dipladenia with bamboo trellis
Dipladenia with a double-arch trellis in a pot next to a house entrance
Red dipladenia as street greening
Red and white mandevilla in a box; double-arch trellises and pyramid-trellises can be used to get a similar effect.
Mandevilla red and light pink (cream pink) as a double-arch in a planter
Red mandevilla as a large flowering bush
This mandevilla climbs on tomato stakes
White mandevilla as a flower column
Twining red mandevilla growing on a trellis
Vigourous Klevilla (Mandevilla "Rubiniana") used as a privacy screen
Dipladenia "cream pink" on a trellis. Especially suitable for this are our mandevilla in "pyramid" shape or "trellis" shape
If you want the mandevilla to cover a large wall, select a large specimen in the "pyramid" shape
A few weeks after the mandevilla has been planted (see previous photo): mandevilla "agathe white" on wire ropes as a wall greening
"Cream pink" as a "pyramid," planted in front of a diamond/'scissor' trellis
Balcony greening: "cream pink" a few weeks later! (see previous photo)
Pyramid-shaped mandevilla / dipladenia are the best choice for facade greening
Vigorously growing mandevilla as "wall flowers"