White dipladenia are climbers

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La Dipladenia it is a very beautiful plant. It has trumpet-shaped flowers, which by the way are very similar to those of the Adenium obesum o Desert Roses, and leaves of a spectacular bright green color. It is spectacular, yes, but also very delicate. How many times have you bought one and when winter came you could not resist it and passed away?

But those bad experiences will remain, from now on, in the past. After everything that I am going to tell you in this special article, you will know how to get your plant to arrive healthy and strong in autumn and how can spring come alive.

Dipladenia characteristics


Dipladenia is a perennial vine

Before getting into the subject, it is important first that you know how to identify this climbing plant from the others. Thus, also, you can get an idea of ​​what it needs to be able to develop without problems.

Well, this plant is known by the name of Mandevilla, which is the botanical genus to which it belongs and which comprises more than 100 species, including Mandevilla lax, or the Mandevilla sanderiAlthough between you and me, it is much better known as Chilean Jasmine, Chile Jasmine, Argentina Jasmine, or Jujuy Jasmine.

Originally from South America, it is from the Apocynaceae family, like the Adenium, but it does not have as thick a trunk. In reality, it does not have a trunk as such, but are thin stems that grow by clinging as best they can (they do not have tendrils) to the branches of trees and other tall plants. Its leaves are evergreen, leathery, bright green.

It is ideal for small gardens, since do not exceed 6m Tall. In fact, there are those who have it as a small potted plant, and they prune it to prevent it from growing too much. Despite pruning, it blooms. When? In summer. Its flowers, as we said before, are shaped like a trumpet, and depending on the species they can be white, pink, red or yellow ... all of them perfumed.

By the way, it also has something negative: it's toxic, so you should not ingest it under any circumstances.

Types of dipladenia

The genus of dipladenia, Mandevilla, is composed of a hundred species, among which are the following:

  • Mandevilla lax
  • Mandevilla sanderi
  • Mandevilla splendens

At first glance it is very difficult to differentiate them, since they are all evergreen climbing plants with practically identical leaves and flowers. In fact, what can differentiate them the most is their place of origin: M. laxa is native from southern Ecuador to northern Chile; M. sanderi is endemic to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and M. splendens is also found in Brazil.

With that said, let's see how it is cared for.

Dipladenia plant care

To take care of this beautiful plant it is necessary that you keep in mind that is very sensitive to cold. If in your area the temperature drops below 10ºC, you should always keep it in a pot so that you can bring it inside the house when it starts to cool. But apart from that, you have to provide a series of care, which are:

Dipladenia is easily cared for
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It has to be in a very bright area, but without direct sunlight. If it is indoors, it has to be placed in a room with plenty of natural light, but away from drafts, walkways and windows.


Watering has to be frequent, especially in summer. It must regar about 3 times a week in that season, and once every 7-10 days the rest of the year. Puddling must be avoided at all times, so in case of doubt, it is better to check the humidity of the substrate before adding water. To do this, it will be enough to insert a wooden stick (the kind found in Japanese restaurants) to the bottom and carefully remove it. If when you take it out you see that it is clean, it is because the earth is dry and that, therefore, it can be watered.


Mandevilla sanderi, an easy plant to care for

Very important if you want it to survive the winter. I recommend you pay one month with a universal mineral fertilizer, and the following month with an organic one; or even better, use only organic fertilizers, adding ground horn or horse manure (no more than a handful) to the substrate, and periodically fertilizing with guano (for sale here!) for instance.

Soil or substrate

If you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate, you can plant in your garden near a pergola so it can climb up it, in spring. It grows in many types of soil, although yes, it prefers sandy ones.

In the event that you have to have it in a pot, mix black peat with coconut fiber or river sand in equal parts.


It can be pruned throughout the growing season (spring and summer), cutting back those stems that are growing too much, or that look weak. Withered flowers must also be removed.

Dipladenia: potted care

How is it cared for in a pot? Until now we have talked about general care, but when it is planted in a container, we must think that it becomes a living being that depends on us to survive. That's why, we have to make sure it gets enough light, because although it can be in the shade, we do not have to put it in a dark place.

In addition, we will have to water it regularly so that the soil does not dry out completely. In fact, it is best to water 3 or 4 times a week in summer, and less the rest of the year. We will do it late in the afternoon so that the substrate remains moist for longer and thus the plant can hydrate without any problem.

It is highly recommended to fertilize it in spring and summer with a universal fertilizer or with guano, if we want to add a natural product. In this way, we will ensure that it grows healthy.

It will be very important that we plant it in a larger pot as long as the roots come out through the holes in it, or if about 3 years have passed since the last transplant. As a substrate we will put coconut fiber (for sale here!) or universal substrate (on sale here!).

Since we want it to be in a pot, we can think about whether we are interested in having a dipladenia pendant, for example on the balcony or inside the house. It looks very pretty with the stems hanging down, especially when it blooms, so don't hesitate to have it that way if you want to give your home an exotic touch.

Now, regardless of how you want to have it, surely it will not be difficult for you to keep it beautiful.

Dipladenia problems


This is a plant that can be affected by mealybugs, especially the cottony ones and Red spider in summer, which is when temperatures are highest and the environment is driest. The former can be removed with a swab from the ears soaked in soap, but the others will have to be sprayed with Neem oil or potassium soap.

Does not usually have enfermedades, but when it is watered a lot, fungi can harm it.

In cold environments, its leaves will start to turn yellow and then fall. It is necessary to avoid that the temperature of the home falls of the 10ºC.

The white dipladenia is a climber
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How does Dipladenia reproduce?

Would you like to have new copies? So I encourage you to sow seeds in spring, directly in pots with substrate composed of black peat and sand or perlite in equal parts. But if you are in a hurry, you can opt for make 10cm cuttings in spring or summer, cleaning them before planting with water and impregnating them with powdered rooting hormones.

How to make it survive the winter

Dipladenia blooms in spring and summer


In addition to everything that has been said so far, to survive the winter there are several tricks that can help a lot. The first consists of put glasses or bowls of water around it so that the humidity around you is high. In many houses, especially in winter, the humidity drops a lot, and this can seriously harm some plants. And why not spray directly? Because the leaves could literally suffocate by clogging their pores. Also, you have to clean them from time to time so that they don't have dust.

The next trick is to wrapping your planter in a thermal garden blanket, which is like a white cotton cloth. Plastic is a material that cools or heats up very quickly, so if you wrap the pot with this blanket (be careful, leaving the drainage holes free), it will be as if you were sheltering the roots.

And there is still a third trick: fertilize with Nitrofoska. It is true that it has been said that it has to be paid in spring and summer, but in winter the Nitrofoska will not be a contribution of extra food, but rather will fulfill the same function as a wool jacket that is so warm. Add a tablespoon of coffee, mix it with the soil, and water. So once a month.

Fourth trick (extra): water with warm water. Cold water can freeze the roots, but this will not happen if it is tempered a little earlier.

And up to here the special of the Dipladenia. I hope that with these tips and tricks it will be much easier for you to have one of these beautiful plants at home.

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  1.   White Lugo said

    I did not understand, dysplademia is a mandevilla? Because I have the 2 but they are not the same mainly because the mandevilla is perfumed the Flower and the dysplademia is not.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Blanca.
      Yes, Dipladenia is a Mandevilla 🙂.
      Depending on the variety, its flowers may or may not have an odor.
      A greeting.

  2.   Miriam said

    Thank you very much for so much information.
    Today I bought one but I am already regretting it, apparently in the nursery they informed me very badly.
    Actually, when observing the flowers, my common sense or my intuition indicated that it was a plant of care but the seller insisted that it was a strong plant without much care in winter as in summer.
    Again thank you very much.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Miriam.
      Do not worry. To better overcome the winter you can add a small spoonful of Nitrofoska every 15 days. This way the roots will stay warm and will not be so cold.
      Greetings, and thanks to you 🙂.

  3.   Claudia said

    I have one on my balcony, it holds alloooo…. drafts, full sun and this beautiful ...

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      I'm glad you do well 🙂. In cold climates it has a hard time in winter.

  4.   DIANA said


    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      I'm glad it's useful to you 🙂

  5.   Andrew said

    Hello!! I have a dipladenia that is still with flowers, we have a pretty warm autumn for now. The idea is to prune it as soon as it stops blooming. The question is, can I take advantage of the pruned branches for cuttings? I love this plant !!! Thanks a lot!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Andrea.
      Yes, you can use them. Make 10cm cuttings in spring or summer, impregnate their base with powdered rooting hormones and plant 🙂.
      A greeting.

      1.    Elena González said

        Could you send me a photo of dipladenia AND mandevilia to check the difference because in the nursery they tell me that they are the same

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Hello Elena.

          Yes, they are the same 🙂

  6.   Gisele bonjour said

    Hello Monica!
    I have had a dipladenia for 2 years its growth is very slow and this spring-summer it did not give me a flower. I will fertilize it with manure, then in winter I cover it with a nylon, but I will take it inside my house. your advices.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Gisele.
      You can pay it with guano -liquid- in spring and summer too. It is a fertilizer with faster effectiveness than manure, and also natural.
      Greetings 🙂.

  7.   Irma de Rezza said

    Hello Monica, your instructions are very good… I ask you, dipladenia is a succulent like Adenium

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Irma.
      I'm glad you like them 🙂.
      No, Dipladenia is a shrubby climbing plant, not a succulent one.
      A greeting.

  8.   Juanma said

    I have a dipladenia whose leaves are falling from below… They are already halfway there. What can i do?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Juanma.
      You may have been cold this winter and now you are showing it.
      You can water it with homemade rooting hormones so that it produces new roots. This will give you the strength to get ahead.
      A greeting.

  9.   GLORIA said


  10.   Jose Luis said

    I have a fairly large diplademic 2,50 m and in the last few years many leaves have fallen, they turn yellow and fall, you could tell me what treatment I have to follow to recover the plant.
    Thank you very much
    a greeting

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Jose Luis
      Have you paid it? It may be that it is running out of leaves due to lack of nutrients. For this, I recommend using guano (liquid), since it is a very fast-effective natural fertilizer.
      Of course, you have to follow the instructions specified on the package to avoid overdose.
      A greeting.

  11.   Gem said

    Hello, I have had a dipladenia for a year and it started with a few yellow leaves below and now it is full! I have put iron in the irrigation water and also liquid manure, and I have also added horse manure on 2 occasions, but it seems that it is getting worse. What I can do? I have the feeling that there is no remedy ..

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Gemma.
      I recommend you wait 🙂. Keep the substrate moist (but not waterlogged), and see how it evolves.
      A greeting.

  12.   Natalia said

    Hello, I just bought diplademics for the garden and when I read about its care I have seen that it is toxic ... I have small children and reading on the Internet has scared me ... is it so dangerous?
    Thank you very much.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Natalia.
      It is not potentially dangerous, but if you have small children like you or pets it is better to keep it away from them. The sap causes irritation.
      A greeting.

  13.   Lidon said

    Could you take a look at these photos? I would like to know what or what are the reasons why these dipladenias are in these conditions. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dndjcrdnmbr1qu7/AADX9fyxq5w8jSYNDP-Q4Jtda?dl=0

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Lidón.
      It looks like it has whiteflies. You can clean the leaves with a cloth dampened with lime-free water, or treat the plants with these. Home Remedies.
      A greeting.

      1.    Lidon said

        Thanks Monica for your quick response. I had thought about it, but what confuses me is the brownish color of some leaves and the withered, rotten flowers. Could it be from overwatering? Changes in temperature?

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Hello Lidón.
          Most likely it is an effect of the whitefly attack.
          How often do you water it? The substrate must be kept moist, but not flooded.
          A greeting.

          1.    Lidon said

            They are plants that have thus reached their destination. The customer who has bought the plant says that it is the fault of the transport, the carrier that it has complied with the required conditions and that no reservations or observations were made in the unloading and the seller that the plant came out of the nursery well. The plants were two days in a refrigerator at a temperature of between 16-17 degrees.

  14.   Laura Jorquera said

    I would like to know how toxic dipladenia can be? I have dogs that more than once have eaten a plant. They have given me 2 and I am scared by the comments I have read.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Laura.
      Dipladenia sap causes irritation.
      A greeting.

  15.   Adriana Blanco Hurtado placeholder image said

    Hello Monica, it is a pleasure to greet you, I live in Jamundí-Colombia, in a rural area near the bank of a river so the environment is very humid.
    I have a red mandevilla on my balcony. It is a good place with morning sun, it has grown very quickly, however, its leaves have been filled with ocher and yellow, I do not think it is the red spider, I think it may be a fungus.
    What do you suggest me to treat your problem? I am very concerned that the little plant may die.

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Adriana.
      It's probably a fungus, rust. You can spray its leaves with copper-based fungicide, at dusk, when the sun is setting.
      Do a second treatment again the next day, and the last one a week.
      If it does not improve, write to us again and we will tell you 🙂
      A greeting.

  16.   Pillar said

    Hello Monica, I have read the care that is given to the Diplademic, and I have been amazed since I have had two red Diplademics for eight years and the only care I give them is water and a universal fertilizer every fifteen days, I have them in hanging planters on the terrace in the sun and in winter the frosts walk around them and they are always beautiful and in summer they bloom constantly, they are super grateful, I thought they were very hard plants, since in all these years , I have never had to take care of them in any other way, in any case, it is appreciated that you comment on the care they need, it is very valuable information that perhaps one day I will have to put into practice, I live in the north of Spain, and you know the climate that we have here.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Pilar.
      Yes, no, you can find a plant that, despite its origin, turns out to be more resistant than it should, which is always great 🙂.

  17.   Isabel said

    Hello! A query about the diplademic pull insects since I want to place it on the entrance door.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello isbael.
      Sorry but I did not understand your question.
      Dipladenia can be potted indoors without problem. If it is well cared for, it does not have to be affected by pests or diseases.
      A greeting.

  18.   Rachel said

    This summer they gave me a dipladenia and it has been beautiful, I have had it on the street until 2 months ago when the cold weather began and I brought it home to a covered terrace (I am from Burgos), but since then the leaves have turned yellow and they fall. I asked 2 stores specialized in plants and they told me it was cold, eat a blanket and cover it every night. ..but it was still the same. I have put it at home, I have a temperature between 21-23 ° but every time it has more yellow leaves that fall. What I can do?
    Thank you very much in advance

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Rachel.
      How often do you water it? Now with the time it is doing it is important not to water it too much: no more than once a week. The water has to be lukewarm.
      You can add a small tablespoon (of coffee) of Nitrofoska every 15 days. This will keep your roots protected from the cold.
      A greeting.

      1.    raquel said

        Thank you very much for the quick answer,
        I water it once a week or even every 1 days, when I see that the soil is dry. I will buy the nitrophoska, but which is better to leave it on the terrace (these days it has reached a minimum temperature of 10º) or to leave it indoors (temperature between 6-21º)?
        Thank you so much!

        1.    Monica Sanchez said

          Hello again, Raquel.
          It is better that you keep it indoors, but away from drafts so that its leaves do not go bad.
          A greeting.

  19.   Griselda said

    Hello, beautiful your blog, a query, I am from Argentina, I live in a very humid province and with short or almost non-existent winters, can I move it to the ground or to a large plant and cover it with half shade in winter? Thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Griselda.
      We are glad that you like the blog.
      Yes, living in that climate you can have it outside, but if the temperature drops below 0 degrees you must protect it.
      A greeting.

  20.   Noemi bullokles said

    I really liked the information, for the first time I bought a Dipladenia and I think this explanation was very useful, I hope this beautiful plant can last me, I am from Argentina, more precisely from the Province of Salta, I really liked your blog and I hope to be able to consult you every time I need it. Thank you very much

  21.   Marisa said

    Hello, I have had a dipladenia for a long time and it is always the same, very poor in leaves, in fact it has buds and almost they do not grow and it does not flower, it is on a covered terrace with lots of light and also sun. I love its flowers but I can't make it grow or bloom, it's hanging, I don't water it much, and I add liquid fertilizer to the water in the spring. What I can do?. Thanks

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Marisa.
      I would recommend protecting it from direct sun, not giving it at any time.
      Transfer it to a pot about 3-4cm wider in spring and water it 2-3 times a week (less in winter). And continue with the subscriber.
      This way it will grow better.
      A greeting.

  22.   Lulu Montenegro said

    After reading the article and realizing that I follow all the care recommendations to the letter, I still do not understand how my dipladenia continues to grow fast with intense green leaves and very beautiful, but it does not bear a single flower. I do not know what to do now

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Lulu.
      It may be lacking in light, or it may be young (young plants sometimes don't flower every year).
      A greeting.

  23.   Elena González said

    They can post a photo of a plant with seeds or if it gives pods

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Elena.

      You can see the fruits of dipladenia or mandevilla in this link.


  24.   tabernacle said

    Good morning, I need to know what I do with it in winter. I am from Salamanca and the weather is very cold in winter and I have it outdoors and on the ground, not in a pot, thanks.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Sagrario.
      You can protect her with anti-frost fabric, but if temperatures drop a lot, I'm not sure it will be enough.

      When did you plant it in the ground? If it has been this year, I would recommend taking it out, planting it in a pot and putting it in the house.

      A greeting.