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There mandevilla splendens it is a flower that grows and sprouts on a climbing plant, it also grows in our area even if it is not native to Europe, but from the central and southern part of the American continent. It is a plant belonging to the category of evergreens and which is part of the great Apocynaceae family. It is not just any climber, which is planted waiting for it to climb. There is a very particular way to cultivate it: you sow it or insert it inside hanging pots and then wait for it to "fall".
If we want it to climb in the true sense of the word, then we must provide it with supports, supports or racks so that it has not only a guide but also something stable to rely on to climb vertically without collapsing. It is not very simple, explained like this, but when you see the flowers it produces you understand that it is worth it.
Among the various characteristics that make this plant a completely original climber, there is the fact that it has very thin stems and that I am not able to "stand" if they do not have a certain type of support available. It's not just a downside, though. Let's try to see the positive side that lies for example in the fact that, being so thin, the stems of the Mandevilla they develop very easily and, above all, in a very short time.
Another feature that can be seen looking at this plant, and that even the less experienced can grasp, is the color of its leaves which is intense green. Furthermore, always the leaves are particular in their shape because they have a slight pubescence in the lower part. After all these clues, are you able to recognize this plant on your own? It is still early, better go and understand how its beautiful flower is made.
There Mandevilla it blooms during the summer, begins when the spring season kicks off and continues throughout the summer until the beginning of autumn if the climate is mild. As we mentioned plant the Mandevilla in hanging pots and waiting for them to fall is a positive habit, so it goes without saying that in this way you get a cascade of flowers, flowers with an intense fragrance. In most cases they are white or pink, or one of the thousand shades that can be obtained by mixing these two colors.
It is not easy to make the Mandevilla, must feel at ease and usually it is in all those areas that are characterized by having particularly mild winter seasons. When this is the case, they can also survive in the garden, as annual plants, otherwise, as we will see, it is better to keep them indoors, at least in the colder seasons.
When you see the Mandevilla one of the first things that comes to mind is pruning. It is advisable to cut the branches as early as the first part of the spring season without postponing to autumn to ensure that this beautiful and luxuriant creeper does not excessively woody in the lower part. If this happens, in fact, there is a risk that ours Mandevilla you start shedding leaves and don't even try to bloom, that would be a real shame.
As for the positioning of this plant, we try to choose for you some particularly bright areas, in the sun or just diffusedly lit, both are fine. The important thing is that it does not stay in the shade because it could give up flowering in this case too, slowing down its growth which is instead a real joy for the eyes, to be admired.
Choice a nice location for ours Mandevilla, let's not forget to control the temperatures with the arrival of winter because it cannot tolerate too cold ones at all. Below ten degrees it does not resist that much and it is good to move it inside even before the cold is such, let's not forget that we are not dealing with a European plant, but a creature native to South America.
While not pretending to be wet frequently, the Mandevilla it should be watered quite often, at least in summer, while in winter it gets along for several days even without water, it all depends on whether it is placed in the garden or in a balcony pot. But if we want ours Mandevilla bursts into rich, wide flowering, it is important to apply a good amount of fertilizer.
There Mandevilla it can be multiplied by this, especially during the spring and summer season. If we decide to try, we have to extract small branches, at least seven centimeters long, and then insert them into the earth. This is a rather fast process, which will take no more than a month, and then we can grow the new plants as if they were adult plants.
As for the soil, it would be better to choose one of those loose substrates, rich in organic matter and with an excellent level of drainage. Enemies of the Mandevilla in fact it is precisely water stagnations to be avoided even by putting one, as an alternative to sand expanded clay layer about 5 cm to the bottom of the vase.
In all its glory, the Mandevilla it is prone to attacks by diseases and parasites. In particular in this case we are talking about mites, aphids and scale insects. It is best to treat the plant with a suitable acaricide, applying it in the colder months, not in the summer.
Remedies for Mandevilla mites
Betweenremediesforeliminate plant miteswe point out thebiological struggle. Ladybugs are excellent natural predators of aphids, spider mites and othersplant lice.
For plants in the house, it is advisable to use a natural insecticide of biological origin. L'neem oil can be a good natural remedy to get rid ofplant mitesinterrupting their reproductive cycle.
If themitesthey are attackingfruit trees, it is possible to use a mineral oil by performing two treatments 5 days apart. Anytreatment to eliminate plant mites, in fact, must take into account the rapid development of thisplant parasite. This parasite, especially during the hot season, can reproduce very quickly and target any available plant. Repeating the same treatment several times is almost always necessary to guarantee success. In addition, only eliminating the adults will not help: repeated treatments are necessary to eliminate the generation emerging from any eggs deposited by the mites.
Water stress makes plants more vulnerable to mite infestations. Make sure you water the plants (ornamental, orchard or vegetable garden) in a timely manner.
Pyrethrum: effective acaricide
Between natural remediesmost effective for eliminating plant mites, we recommend the pyrethrum. Pyrethrin is a very effective active substance. For its use:
- Perform the treatment in the evening.
- Repeat the treatment 4 times.
- The duration of the treatment should be approximately 20 days, spraying the product after 5 days.
- Make sure to spray the product also on the lower page of the leaf blade.
Where to buy the pieretro? At agricultural consortia or using Amazon. Among the various products I would like to point out one of the best for its excellent value for money, it is the Solabiol Piretro Actigreen Bio, offered on Amazon at a price of 18.69 euros with free shipping costs. For all the info, I refer you to Amazon official product page: Actigreen Bio Liquid Solution. 14-25 ml of product are enough to be diluted in 10 liters of water and sprinkle on the plants infested withmites.
After only 2 days from the treatment you can already reap the benefits.
Solabiol, pyrethrum insecticide
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