3 Gallon
Dipladenia
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Dipladenia

Latin Name:

DIPLADENIA

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Moderately vigorous vines that do well on a trellis or in a basket. Leaves are dark green and the flowers an open trumpet shape.

Origin:

Paraguay

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

DI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/West Soil

Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between watering. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer. Do not fertilize in the winter. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs, scale and spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Cuttings of young shoots or stem cuttings with at least two leaves attached in the spring. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or shoots in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Prune in the fall to encourage growth. Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. An ideal plant for a hanging basket.

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