Dipladenia is one of the most popular flowering and climbing plants. It is easy to cultivate and is easy to care for. But be careful the plant parts are poisonous.© hcast - Fotolia.com
The abundance of flowers makes Dipladenia a popular plant for balconies and patios. The plants from South America are also known as Mandevilla. Over 100 species ensure a diverse and varied sea of flowers. The Dipladenia is easy to plant and cultivate by following a few tips.
Due to the wide variety of species, Dipladenia can not only be purchased in the most varied shades of red, pink or white, it is also important to take the growth characteristics of the Mandevilla into account. When planting, it should be noted that these are mostly climbing plants. As a result, they not only need a sufficiently large planter, but also a suitable climbing aid. In addition to highly ranked varieties, upright growing and rather compact looking species are also on the market. Please note the information provided by the providers and choose the plants according to your personal taste and the prevailing conditions.
Find the right location
The plant originating from South America primarily needs heat. Exotics can spend the summer on the balcony or terrace. The plant likes less full midday sun. A protected location is therefore an advantage. This also applies to strong winds and downpours. The location should be as airy as possible. The plant gets less standing air. In the tropics of South America, the trees provide natural protection against wind and rain.
The plants are not hardy, which makes it difficult to keep them outdoors. Already in September, when the nights start to get colder, the Mandevilla should move into the house. A sunny window seat is the ideal location for the hardy bloomers, which can also be cultivated all year round as houseplants. The plant begins to rest from October. The temperatures can then drop to around 15 degrees and less water is poured. The plant will sprout again from March and will gradually become accustomed to a warmer location outdoors.
" Tip: If the winter level is too warm, the plant will be rotten in the following year.
- protected from wind and rain
Select the right substrate
Fewer demands are made of the substrate. Conventional compost-based potting soil can be used. Since the plants do not tolerate waterlogging, it is advisable to lay a drainage of pottery shards on the bottom of the planter. Alternatively, the plants can also thrive in a mix of clay, peat, lava clay and sand. By adding Perlite, you make the soil more permeable.
The right planter for the different varieties
|planter||A planter is suitable for compact, upright growing varieties such as Mandevilla sanderi. Species that need climbing aids are also suitable for planters. These include Diamantina Opale and Topaze.|
|Traffic lights and window boxes||Hanging to semi-hanging species such as jade white or opals are suitable for planting in boxes or traffic lights.|
|Flower beds and open spaces||Dipladenia of the Jade series or the popular Mandevilla sanderi can also spend the summer in the garden bed.|
Plant Dipladenia - explained step by step
- select a suitable planter
- Lay drainage from pottery shards
- Fill in the substrate
- Insert the plant
- Press the floor well
- Use climbing aid
- Water the plant well
- select a suitable location
Care tips for strong young plants
After planting, Dipladenia need a bright and warm location. Young plants are sensitive to direct sunlight and should be protected from the full midday sun. Wind and rain also damage the plants and can lead to the loss of leaves and flowers. The mandevilla must be watered sufficiently. Waterlogging can quickly attack the sensitive roots of young plants. This can be prevented by drainage from pottery shards. Container plants have a high nutrient requirement. If compost is already mixed into the potting soil during planting, long-term fertilization is ensured. During the growth phase, the young plants can receive liquid fertilizer every fortnight.
The Dipladenia should receive a larger planter approximately every two years. If the planter was chosen too small, transplanting may be necessary the following year. This can be clearly seen when the planter appears to be deeply rooted and the roots already protrude from the plant pot. The plant pots should be selected significantly larger than their predecessors. The pottery shards on the bottom of the vessel should not be forgotten to prevent waterlogging. If the plant has clearly grown, it may also be necessary to replace the climbing aid when transplanting. Excessive root balls can be thinned out slightly when transplanting.
Dipladenia - tropical beauty with pitfalls
When planting the Mandevilla, it should be noted that it is a representative of the family of dog poisonous plants. All parts of the Dipladenia plant are poisonous. The contained milk juice should not come into contact with the skin. Skin irritation can result. If the plant juice is consumed, there are serious signs of intoxication. Gloves should always be worn when planting and maintaining the Mandevilla.
" Attention: Those who have children and pets should rethink the purchase of Dipladenia or take appropriate protective measures, because all parts of the plant are poisonous.