Dipladenia or Mandevilla – I Have It Caged!

Dipladenia? Mandevilla?

 

These two plants are in the same family of plants, and blooms are similar, so I have one or the other of those.  I have mine “caged” until it confesses.  I guess I am running into a common problem. The label said mandevilla, but the branding for these particular plants is for dipladenia.

When I google the plant, it seems to indicate that the names are used almost interchangeably for the same plant. Here are some links to the Amazon store in case you’d like one. I am an Amazon affiliate. The mandevilla is more of a vining plant, and the dipladenia is more a a bushy cascading plant. So I have a bushy-ish, cascading, maybe-it-will-vine plant with red trumpet flowers but not really yellow throats. Just a lighter color.

I have put it in a cage – whatever it is.

Is It a Mandevilla

 

My dipladenia or mandevilla, and I am leaning toward the dipladenia, seems to be more bushy than vining. That is why I came to that conclusion. I have put it into another cage I had. It is a large black cage that I had previously used for an ivy pelargonium.

Planting the Cage

This large black cage is heavy metal hanging from a chain, but it also has feet so that it can sit on a table or bench. But I have chosen to have it hanging. On my other cage, I had used a fabric bag to hold the soil, but this one I am using a plastic planter which I tested to see if it would bend enough to get it through the door. It works.

( Just don’t plant it first! I learned the hard way and had to dump it and start over.  )

Large cage for dipladenia mandevilla

The size of pot I could force inside was a “short gallon” if that makes sense. It was pretty easy to force it through the door empty and it left a bit of area to put Spanish moss to decorate the pot and cover the plastic.

Planting Mandevilla Dipladenia

Here is what the Spanish Moss looked like. I just forced long strands on the outer edges almost to the top of the plastic planter. I will add more as it settles in.

Spanish Moss for Decoration

I understand that the dipladenia flowers best if its roots reach the bottom of the pot, so I have chosen this shorter pot so that the roots can grow quickly and reach the bottom, giving me  flowers by the hundreds this season.  I know that I could take it inside to overwinter it here in Ohio, but I don’t plan to do that. I will just enjoy it for the summer.

Caged up

I will hang it just under the edge of the deck roof where it will get lots of sun.  I will feed it to keep it flowering, since I don’t plan to keep it, until it is killed by frost. It is zoned for 9-11, so I think the first cold nights will be the end of it.

But it will certainly be pretty until then, won’t it?

Caution: Some references indicate that it is toxic.  Dipladenia is also known as Mandevilla. While there are no directly specific references to toxicity in cats, it is noted that ingesting the blooms or leaves in quantity can be toxic to children and pets. It would be best to keep this plant away from cats.

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11 thoughts on “Dipladenia or Mandevilla – I Have It Caged!

  • July 11, 2016 at 9:18 pm
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    Love the idea of putting them in cages. Did you already have the cages? They are very nice! Reply
    • July 12, 2016 at 6:14 am
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      Yes, I have had those cages for several years. They are doing fine as planters. Reply
  • July 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    I have overwinter my Mandevillas in the basement. Kept cool and dark, it survived, and I brought it out in Feb./March into my sunroom where it started growing happily again. When the weather warmed up enough outside, it went outside. Reply
  • July 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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    I have overwintered my Mandevilla/Dipladenia by just putting it in the basement. Kept cool and dark it survived, and I brought it back out around Feb./March, put it in my sunroom where it started growing happily again. Reply
    • July 7, 2016 at 6:01 am
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      I wonder if it would survive in a cold garage? I could be tempted if it looks really pretty at the end of fall. I know I sure drag in a lot that I tell myself I won't. Reply
  • July 6, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    Hi Kim, + They have really done a good job in hybridizing new Mandevillas and Dipladenias. They used to be such temperamental plants deciding whether they wanted to bloom or not but the new ones are spectacular. And plants in cages! I love them! I was hoping to post one of mine but I can't see a way to do it here. Once someone walking by said in a shocked voice, will the plant ever be able to get out of there?" Reply
    • July 7, 2016 at 6:00 am
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      Now that's cute! Maybe you could upload a photo over on the Facebook Page? I would love to see one all grown out. https://www.facebook.com/thehypertufagardener/ Reply
  • July 4, 2016 at 8:20 am
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    Where did you find that cage Kim? Just love it!! Reply
    • July 4, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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      Kathy, that is another one of my garage sale finds. I am a "treasure hunter." I think I got it for $1. The lady said it had been blown over in a tornado (hanging from a large branch of a tree and the tree went down.) One of the legs was bent. My husband took pipes and fitted it into those curls and pressed slowly until everything was all straight/curl correctly again. If you didn't know it had previously been damaged, you'd never know. I think I will keep him.....my husband too. He is kinda handy. Reply

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