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DIPLADENIA - mandavilla

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alt The Dipladenia is in the Mandevilla family, so some of the characteristics are similar. However the foliage is smaller and a bit more graceful with the plant being more shrub-like. Leaves are dark green, smooth and glossy about 2-3 inches long.

LIGHT: The flowers are very pretty and if the Dipladenia is placed in a good bright light location they may bloom throughout the year. Avoid direct sunlight.

WATER: The Dipladenia requires more frequent watering during the summer growing months than during the cooler season. Allow the plant to dry down some between waterings and be sure to provide good drainage. The suggested feeding is every three to four weeks during the growing season with a mild liquid fertilizer and not at all during the winter. Dipladenia likes high humidity, so occasionally misting the plant is beneficial.

TEMPERATURE: Temperature is a major factor for the Dipladenia. These plants enjoy warmth with normal night-time temperatures in the 60-70° range.

As they are a vine some form of support such as a trellis or a tri-pod may be needed. Pruning is best done in the spring, although you may cut it back when you bring it indoors for the winter.

The Dipladenia is available only in late spring and early summer in 4", 6" and 10" pots, usually on a trellis in the larger sizes, and in 10" hanging baskets.