Mandevilla x amoena ‘Alice du Pont’

Mandevilla, Rocktrumpet, Dipladenia

Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’: A Stunning Climbing Vine for Vibrant Displays

Experience the allure of Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ or Mandevilla x amoena ‘Alice du Pont’, a captivating vine native to the Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Named after the esteemed British diplomat and plant collector Henry Mandeville, this frost-tender evergreen plant belongs to the Apocynaceae family. Known for its showy trumpet-shaped pink flowers, Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ is also referred to as Dipladenia or Rocktrumpet. With its vigorous growth and vibrant blooms, it adds a touch of elegance and charm to any garden or landscape.

Origin and Description: Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ likely originated in the lush forests of Brazil before being introduced to various regions. This large woody climber can reach impressive heights of up to 7 meters or 22 feet, showcasing its robust nature. The trumpet-shaped flowers, measuring approximately 4 inches or 10 centimeters across, steal the spotlight with their eye-catching pink hues. The glossy oval leaves provide a lush backdrop to the stunning blooms. To support the climbing habit of Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont,’ it is advisable to use a trellis or ties to secure it to a suitable support structure.

How to Grow Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’:

Growing Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ is relatively straightforward. Here are some key cultivation tips:

Sunlight: Plant Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ in a location that receives full or partial sun. While it thrives in direct sunlight for optimal growth and flowering, it can tolerate some shade.

Soil: Choose a fertile, well-draining soil that retains moisture without becoming waterlogged. Maintaining consistent soil moisture is crucial for the plant’s health.

Watering: Provide regular watering to keep the soil moist but not overly saturated. Aim for a balance, avoiding both drought stress and waterlogged conditions.

Temperature: In temperate climates, you can plant Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ outdoors. However, in colder regions, it is advisable to grow it in containers so that you can move it indoors when temperatures drop below 50°F or 10°C.

Pruning: To promote bushier growth, prune Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ in late winter or early spring while it is still dormant. This also helps maintain a desirable shape and size.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer during the growing season to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth and abundant flowering. Follow the package instructions for dosage and application guidelines.

Pest Control: Monitor the plant for common pests such as mealybugs. If necessary, treat them with appropriate organic or chemical controls to prevent damage.

Propagation: Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ can be propagated from seeds in spring or through softwood cuttings in summer. Follow proper propagation techniques to ensure successful establishment.

By following these guidelines, you can cultivate Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ and enjoy its stunning flowers and lush foliage throughout the growing season.

Mandevilla 'Alice du Pont'
Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ from my roof garden in Los Angeles

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