Do you love yellow and gold colors in your garden or yard? One flower that could add some brightness to any outdoor space is the allamanda. This bold, beautiful bloom is sure to be a welcome sight when you look out your window.
The Allamanda is one of those blooms whose vibrant colors demand attention. Found in tropical climates, this vining plant climbs walls in search of sun-high heights where it can dazzle residents with its shades of gold, yellow, and orange.
Allamanda is a vining plant that needs support to climb, although it can also be pruned into a small bush. It grows quickly and is usually planted in the springtime. Allamanda plants are generally quite large, although some varieties remain small. Left to nature, these plants become tall shrubs.
Of the numerous Allamanda species, Allamanda cathartica is the most widely cultivated. This floral species, commonly known as the golden trumpet, is a popular addition to subtropical and tropical gardens. Some of the well-known types of this species include:
- The 'Grandiflora' plant has magnificent, large yellow flowers.
- 'Hendersonii' is characterized by its golden-hued blooms.
- 'Flore Pleno' is a gorgeous flowering plant with beautiful double-white blooms.
- The 'Williamsii' plant has showy yellow double blooms that last all year, but its milky sap is toxic.
Allamanda plant care
Stem tip cuttings can be used to propagate Allamanda plants easily. For optimal results, cut a fresh green shoot early in the growing season for propagation. For greater success, use the rooting hormone and then put the cutting into a new pot filled with seed-starting soil. Put the cutting in a warm, humid place. When new growth appears, transplant it into a bigger pot.
Allamanda likes bright, sunny conditions. These plants can grow indoor near an east-facing window with a few hours of the morning sun. Plants need adequate sunlight in order to bloom.
It is beneficial to use soil with high peat content and excellent drainage for potting.
Make sure the pot you are growing in has proper drainage, then water generously throughout the summer. Spray your plants with water every other day to ensure adequate humidity. During the winter, water your plants less and make sure to keep the root area warm, so it doesn't dry out.
Give the plant a diluted liquid fertilizer during the growth period. Reduce fertilization to about once a month during the winter months.
Spring is the best time to re-pot Allamanda and take cuttings as new growth appears. To re-pot, use a larger pot and provide extra support if necessary. Allamanda is ideal if grown-up support and trails nicely, or it can also be kept as a low shrub. This displays its flowers to their utmost.
Pests & Diseases
Allamanda plants may be susceptible to pests such as aphids and mealybugs. Be on the lookout for signs of infestation, like damaged leaves, and take action promptly once spotted. To get rid of the insects, use insecticidal soap every week or until they're gone.
Dr. Vandana K.