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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 are incredibly beautiful to look at. They are real miracle flowers! You'll find information on use, properties and availability here. Please do also read the pages on selecting and caring for Mandevilla!

Two Mandevilla "Rubiniana" / Mandevilla x amabilis

Caracteristics

The first Mandevilla came from South America to Europe in 1861 and were already popular indoor plants for winter gardens etc. around 1900. 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. Mandevilla are suitable for hot southern walls, more so than clematis and roses. They have excellent potential when it comes to representative detailed greenings, at entrances of residential houses and shops, on balconies, terraces, pillars, in winter gardens etc.... The funnel-shaped white, pink or red flowers are present from May to the first frost. But beware: shoots and leaves contain a white, inedible to poisonous latex juice!

Mandevilla can easily be shaped in a new growth habit - you will find more information on that on the next page. 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.

Number of plants

One or several Mandevilla can share one pot - the number of Mandevilla will determine the price. Two versions are available for most Mandevillas: the less expensive version is less dense and will grow less flowers. This version is a good choice when the Mandevilla is place 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 - two or more plants share the same pot, or it is one very large, densely ramified plant.

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 plants have already formed more roots in the large pot, are better branched and will flower more abundantly. But they also had to stand in the greenhouse for weeks or months longer! If you plan on hibernating your Mandevilla, it will grow over the years and flower as abundantly as its expensive sisters!

Botanical

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

mandevilla storage root
Mandevilla shoots turn 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 closer to each other and the flowers are denser.
An inedible to toxic latex juice is secreted when the plant is injured
Dipladenia with small and 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 sort, each flower may stay open for 3 to 14 days.
No chance: Mandevilla "taste bad" and are ignored by louses, mites and other crawlers.
Neat and clean: withered flowers will dry and fall of by themselves.

Available forms

Depending on the sort, it's growth habit and the use of growth inhibiting chemicals, Mandevilla are available in many forms, sizes and shapes: tuff, suspended, with a stake, two stakes, one or two arches, a trellis or a pyramid as support.

Red dipladenia as a small bush for window boxes etc.
Dipladenia as hanging basket
Displadenia with a double arc (standing trellis)
Mandevilla as "espalier"
Dipladenia as "pyramid"
Three-sided pyramid with additional bamboo rods
Pyramids with a double rod and horizontal rods
Mandevilla as XL-pyramid (up to 2 meters in height)
 
 
 
 

Uses

Mandevilla can be used for all kinds of purposes: there are numerous examples on this page. We sell an assortment of Mandevilla that are best suited to green up facades.

Tiny dipladenia sanderi as decoration
Small dipladenia as table ornament
Small tuff next to a well
Small tuff "Cream Pink" on a windowsill
Small dipladenia in a flower box
Red and light pink mandevilla ("Cream Pink")
Potted dipladenia in a holiday resort
Suspended dipladenia
Hanging basket
Dipladenia with bamboo trellis
Dipladenia with a double-arch trellis in a pot in next to the 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 trellis.
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 privacy screen
Dipladenia "Cream Pink" on a trellis. Our mandevilla in "pyramid" shape or "trellis" shape can be used.
If you want the mandevilla to cover a large wall, select a large specimen in "pyramid" shape.
A couple of weeks after the mandevilla has been planted: mandevilla "Agathe white" on cables as a wall ornament
"Cream Pink" as "pyramid", planted next to a diamond trellis
Balcony greening: "Cream Pink" a couple of weeks later (see previous picture)
Pyramid shaped mandevilla are the best choice for facade greening.
Vigorous mandevilla as "wall flowers"