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Dipladenia plants are a beautiful addition to any home garden. Whether you live in the dry regions or enjoy milder weather, you can grow this plant without a lot of fuss. They require warm, sunny exposures, moist soil, and well-drained conditions to grow and flower successfully. By growing Dipladenia plants, you will enjoy their beautiful flowers in your landscape during the summer months. Read on for easy tips for growing and caring for Dipladenia plants in your home garden.
Common Types of Dipladenia Plants
There are over 100 types of Dipladenia plants, so you will have no problem finding the right one for your garden. Here are the common varieties;
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Rio white is one of the most popular varieties of Dipladenia. It bears glossy green leaves with pretty white flowers heads with a yellowish throat. The slightly jagged flowers can last for over two weeks. And they can flower throughout the year. They grow to about 2 feet tall. Rio white loves warm environments, and it cannot withstand winter.
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The rubiniana variety has a deep burgundy red on the underside of its leaves. Its enormous size makes it one of the most popular species of Dipladenia. This variety can grow to about 5 meters high, but you’ll have to provide it with supporters as a climbing plant. You can not overlook this flowering plant. It produces showy red flowers that bloom throughout the summer season. And the flowers can last for about 2 weeks.
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This variety has eye-catching deep red funnel-shaped blooms, smaller than the rubiniana variety. However, this variety grows more quickly than other Dipladenia varieties. Sundaville red can grow to a maximum height of 2.5 meters. This type of flower has been a popular choice for terraces and balconies. It is now among the top houseplants for people in tropical climates.
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This species is bred from the ‘Sundaville Red’ variety and is native to Japan. It produces large tubular flowers with different colors ranging from cream to pink with evergreen foliage. And it has an orange-red throat. Cream pink species can grow vertically to about 2 meters. It makes a perfect choice for decorating your balconies and terraces.
Opal Fuchsia Flammé
This robust, easy-care Dipladenia variety features large, striking flowers that look like an attractive flamed pink. Its showy flowers easily appear between spring and autumn. The roots of the plants can store moisture, so this variety survives longer dry periods without any problems. With a climbing aid in place, this plant can grow up to 2.5 meters tall.
Dipladenia Care and Maintenance
The above varieties of Dipladenia are in the category of tropical vines. They flourish in hot and sunny weather conditions. The lowest temperature they can tolerate is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit but long hours of such temperatures can kill them. They appreciate full sunlight and moist but well-draining soil. Dipladenia varieties are relatively easy to care for, provided you get their growing requirements right. If you want your Dipladenias to grow outdoors as vines, offer them supporters.
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The easiest way to multiply Dipladenias in your garden is by propagating their cuttings. Prepare 4 to 6 inches of cuttings from a healthy mother plant and plant them in a pot of moist potting soil. Ensure the cuttings are done just below the leaf nodes. You should place the growing pots in areas with adequate sunlight and temperatures between 70-75 degrees.
Dipladenias Growth Conditions
Dipladenias can withstand dryness for some time and still bloom. However, these plants prefer consistent moisture in the soil.
Dipladenia plants require full sun to thrive and flower. They need at least 6 hours of daily direct sunlight. Even so, they will appreciate partial shade during the hot summer afternoons.
Dipladenia Pests and Diseases
Dipladenias can attract different pests, including;
- Red spider mites
- Scale insects
You can prevent the infestation of the above pests by inspecting your plants regularly. In case of an infestation, apply neem oil or insecticidal soap. During winter, the leaves can turn yellow and drop off.
Dipladenias makes a beautiful addition to any indoor and outdoor setup. Identify the right species for your home garden and introduce it today. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.