Let’s give a touch of color, with an evergreen climbing plant with beautiful flowers, to our relaxing corner. Balcony, terrace or garden, the Dipladenia will liven up any dark corner or anonymous looking wall with its colors.
Dipladenia, more frequently called Mandevilla, is an evergreen climbing plant native to South America, however some varieties come from the West Indies and others from Chile.
It belongs to the Apocinaceae family, which includes about 200 different species of creepers and shrubs, is a very robust and resistant plant.
The flowers of Dipladenia: many bright and different colors to make our balcony unique.
Many different varieties belong to this species so the choice of color for our green corner is really wide. From pure white flowers, slightly tinged with yellow towards the base, to intense red, from bright orange to antique pink.
We are spoilt for choice in choosing the perfect variety to color our garden or balcony as we want it, Dipladenia in terms of beauty is not afraid of comparison with other creepers. Dipladenia is therefore the ideal plant to color our flowering balcony with its many shades of flowers.
The flowers of Dipladenia, generally have bell-shaped corollas, very fragrant and large, in some species can even exceed 5 cm in diameter.
The leaves, smooth and very thick, with a bright green color, easy to cultivate even for those with little experience, give this plant a respectable place among the most beautiful plants which adorn our balconies.
It has a high speed of growth and in a short time it can cover all the part at its disposal of green, it adapts well to temperate climates and needs little care.
We have said that it is a simple plant to cultivate, since this species does not need any special attention, however we see the essential things to know for the cultivation of climbing Dipladenia.
We can plant the Dipladenia both in pots and in the garden, the important thing is to choose the right place, in order to revive an anonymous place in our garden or terrace.
Since it is a climbing plant you will need adequate support to be able to grow and cover with its thick foliage the parade or wall that we have chosen for you.
The support can be built using either simple rods or large thick welded wire mesh or anything else that allows the plant to support it.
The soil you prefer, whether in pots or on the ground, is undoubtedly soft and well-drained, and like most plants full of nutrients.
This genus of plants, while loving the sun, prefers places in semi-shadow that are not directly affected by the sun’s rays and moderately sheltered.
The Ideal Climate for Dipladenia
Being a plant native to tropical places, it loves warm temperatures but it adapts well also to the most temperate climates, but does not stand cold temperatures.
Climbing Dipladenia: Watering
Dipladenia prefers damp and well drained soils and is very afraid of water stagnation, which can cause root rot.
During periods of intense heat, watering must be frequent and regular, so for the whole summer until the plant has strong and luxuriant flowers, a lot of water must be given to this plant.
Between one watering and the next make sure the soil is dry before watering to avoid water stagnation.
The frequency of watering will be reduced during the winter period but will be constant throughout the whole period.
Dipladenia or Mandevilla, is a plant that needs frequent fertilization. The type of fertilizer it needs is a ternary fertilizer, which contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, the frequency of fertilization every 10 to 15 days.
On the market there are many types of fertilizers suitable for this species of plants, both granular and liquid, for the doses and administration in any case always get advice from an expert or your trusted phytoidian to avoid irreparable damage to the plant.
Dipladenia: Diseases and Parasites
Cochineals and the red spider mite are the most common parasites that can infest Dipladenia, but even water stagnation can cause root rot and cause the plant to die.
When Dipladenia has yellow leaves it can be a symptom of the red spider attack. While to identify the cochineal, it is sufficient to observe the lower page of the leaves, the place where these parasites nest, to notice their presence.
If the leaves have darker spots, the problem may be due to perhaps a few and irregular watering.
For both these parasites, you can use specific insecticides easily available on the market, for the doses and administration in any case, always get advice from an expert or your trusted phytophysician to avoid irreparable damage to the plant.
It is a plant with beautiful flowers and is one of the most beautiful plants that can beautify our balcony, and a plant of easy cultivation so its price, although it depends on the size, is low and you can buy a dipladenia in pots for a few euros.