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Mandevilla

Mandevilla (sometimes known as Dipladeniais a lush, tropical climber that flowers flamboyantly all year round In warmer climates. Hardy and versatile, it flowers in shades of deep burgundy, scarlet, through all shades of pink and white. It is great in large pots where it can bring an instant lush, tropical look to poolsides and outdoor entertaining areas.

A sunny position is desirable for the best flowering. Rich, well-drained soil and plenty of moisture during the growing season can be favourable. Originating from tropical South America, it loves a Cairns or Brisbane climate but will grow well as far south as Melbourne if given a warm position and shelter from frost. It is likely to stop flowering in winter in cooler regions.

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Description

  • Also known as rocktrumpet.
  • The flowers are red in colour.
  • Grows up to 3 to 10 feet.
  • Blooms heavily in summer and sporadically throughout the year.
  • Moderate to grow.
  • Should be planted a warm spot that receives moderate sun throughout the day.
  • Keep it protected from the midday sun.
  • Requires moderate pruning.
  • The soil should be evenly moist but never wet and should not be allowed to dry out.
  • Mandevilla needs sandy, well-draining soil with organic material mixed.
  • A good soil mix like two parts peat moss or potting soil to one part and sand of builder to the other can be helpful.

Stocks are available in Capalaba Nursery, Brisbane.

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