Real World Gardener Dipladenias are Plant of the week

September 21st, 2014

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

 with Hort Journal magazine editor, Karen Smith

Dipladenia

 

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Many gardeners have  thought that these next plans- dipladenias and mandevillas and are the same plant.

Sure they’re pretty much alike  but dipladenia foliage is bit smaller and the plant is more shrub-like.

However, both plants are very similar gorgeous tropical looking plants that have sky rocketed in popularity because they have so many uses.

If you still don’t know the difference between a mandevilla and a dipladenia try this.

proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.comThe leaves, of each plant will let you know which plant you are growing. Mandevilla leaves are longer and narrower than dipladenia leaves, which are wider and heart-shaped. Dipladenia leaves have a thicker, leathery, smooth feel, while mandevilla leaves feel rough and textured.

Dipladenias can be used pots, hanging baskets, or on their own in the garden.

Mandevillas will need some sort of trellis to support their growth.

They are easy to grow and should flower their heads off all season long.

At the end of winter give Mandevillas a hard prune to give them some shape and encourage more flowers.

Tip prune Dipladenias

 

 

 

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