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Dipladenia Red Riding Hood

Dipladenia Red Riding Hood


Out in my patio  sits the Dipladenia Red  Riding Hood Vine.  I have had  this beautiful vine for probably going on 4-5 years . I keep  the dipladenia indoors year around and love to watch it bloom. We are in January right now and it has been blooming for a few months now. I must tell you that this patio ranges in temperatures of 40 F-60 F in the winter months , quite a difference but it doesn’t seem to bother this vine very much, in fact as I see it blooming this moment  I feel it is pretty tough tropical vine.

This variety is a cherry pink in color,  Very pretty!

The flowers are slightly fragrant reaching 4 ” wide which last 4-5 days in bloom.

Woody, twinning, evergreen vine with dark, glossy, oval leaves. Clusters of flared, trumpet-shaped flowers. Blooms year around. 

Prune as needed in summer or winter. Fertilize every 2 weeks with balanced fertilizer, or a fertilizer rich in phosphorus (10-20-10 for instance).

Scientific name is Mandevilla, but it does not have as large as flowers , nor the leave size of the normal mandevilla vine. Still is a noteworthy specimen of a plant .

A vigorous vine that grows 4-6 ft in size, making for a wonderful poted plant  or even works well in baskets.

Hardy to zone 10, can bring indoors if you have cold harsh winters.

Plant in sun to partial shade area, keep moist in the summer months and on the dryer side in the winter months. T he Mandevillas have tubers similar to a dahlia, and do not like over watering in winter.

This is a easy to grow tropical vine, as I have grown this one for years .. They do lose  their leaves but also manage new growth.

I will be trying my hand at propagation , take single single node hardwood cuttings dipped  with rooting hormone which hopefully  should start rooting  in 4 weeks.

I will place the cuttings in a 10×20 plastic tray , use a peat and  perlite or vermiculite soil, then one technique that may produce roots faster is placing  the planted cuttings on a heat mat and then place a clear dome plastic lid over the tray to keep the humidity high. This works for other cuttings  I have grown before. So I will see how this works out and hopefully create a video to show you.

Part 1 Propagating Dipladenia Mandevilla Vine

Part 2 Propagating Dipladenia Mandevilla Vine

Happy Gardening

Diane Mumm


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  • Alisa Brown said:

    Hey! I just wanted to see if I could actually respond on here……….but I also love the dipladenias and am looking forward to watching corner of your greenhouse fill up with them!!

  • diane admin

    Hi Alisa, yes it did work.. happy to see ya here, I have a few dipladenia on order, but will also try and grow a few.. I realize this may not work but I am hopeful it may.. thanks for stopping by..

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  • nancy said:

    My dipladenia ( little red riding hood) is completely brown and has no flowers. My garden designer says that it will probably come back in spring, summer. It is already spring and the plant looks dead. What should I do?

  • diane admin

    Nancy I would need to know more.. Is this inside or outside ? they are only hardy to warmer climates as it is a tropical plant.. Not know where you live I have no idea ..

  • Melissa said:

    Hi, I have the same question as Nancy. I think I killed my diplandenia. I live in CO and I planted it outside in the ground and left it there all winter. I was not aware that I would need to bring it inside. Will it come back to life or did I kill it?

  • diane admin

    If you live in colorado Melissa, this is not a hardy plant, it is tropical .. so yes it would have to be brought in , in your area..

  • Ruth said:

    Hi. We bought our Dipladenia/Mandevilla with the purpose of training them up some lattice. The care tag said they were a “Climbing Collection” but none of them are putting out any tendrils to climb. Why is this and what can we do about it?

  • diane admin

    It does take them a little time to start vining, let me know if they ever did for you..

  • Rowena McAdoo said:

    I live in New York State and winter in Florida. My Dipladenia was so beautiful I brought it inside when the weather got too cold to leave it outside. When I did that all the buds fell off and some of the leaves. I brought it to FL in the car and have it hanging outside here. It is growing a lot of new growth and seems healthy. Do you think that it will blossom eventually? Should I trim it? Most of the vines that were growing on it towards the end of summer looked dead on the ends so I did trim them back to where they looked green. This is my first plant of this kind and it was so beautiful I hate to lose it. Thanks, Rowena

  • diane admin

    yes it will blossom after getting over the shock.. I would give it a trim if it is getting bare with just branches and no leaves in areas, sorry this is late.. haven’t been on here for awhile..

  • janet said:

    this flower red riding hood. will it die in cal quincy or can i keep in side the house or out side. how long do they live in calif.

  • vera said:

    Hello, I’m from Bulgaria have such Mandeville. Thanks for the video I will try to reproduce it.

  • diane admin

    if it stays above 50 -60 degrees yearly it will survive outdoors , otherwise bring it in.. but watch for hitch hiker bugs..:)


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