They’re called “Tropical Jewels” and for good reason. Diamantina Dipladenia and Mandevilla genetics from Ball Ingenuity (formerly sold under the Summer Romance umbrella) are tropical bloomers with high performance during hot weather.
Original Mandevilla genetics come from the Diamantina region of Brazil, known for diamond mining. French breeders are behind the Jade, Opal, Tourmaline, and Agate series of plants, and the 2019 re-branding marks a return to the plants’ roots, so to speak. The three new varieties are available in limited trial quantities.
Diamantina Opal Yellow
Both bush and vining types from the Diamantina series bloom earlier than other Mandevilla/Dipladenia varieties and keep going when the mercury climbs – but the real reason why home gardeners go for these plants is the color. Diamantina offers a true vining yellow-flowering variety (Opal Yellow), and combines well with deep burgundy Opal Merlot.
In 2020 the line is set to expand with orange-coral bicolor choices in both bush (Jade Series) and vining (Opal series) and a deep fuchsia bush type to complement the pale pink Tourmaline Bush Pink that’s available now. Orange is a new frontier for these genetics, and Diamantina is the only range set to offer sunrise-colored Dipladena/Mandevilla flowers on the horizon.
Liner and pre-finished offerings from Botany Lane
Diamantinas thrive in warm days and temperate to cooler nights. This makes them suitable for summers all over and a winter crop in frost free areas. To add Diamantina series to your liner, contact your Ball Seed Sales Representative. Here’s what’s available in liners shipping nationally along with pre-finished and finished plants shipping in the Western United States:
These make perfect patio plants and are excellent as container garden thrillers, no trellis needed. Exemplary branching habit and can be finished as quarts or larger pots.
- Jade Red
- Jade Pink
- Jade White
Tourmalines infuse love and compassion into their surroundings and consumers love this non-vining Mandevilla with enormous blooms. Grow in sizes ranging from 6-inch containers to solo large pots or mixed containers.
- Tourmaline Pink
- Tourmaline Intense Fuchsia
- Groundbreaking new color for 2019-20
Boasting two of the most unique colors, including yellow and merlot, the Opal Series has a controlled vining habit that allows it to be enjoyed outdoors everywhere. From mixed containers to hanging baskets and landscape uses, the flashy colors of Opal Diamantina plants are certain to be sought-after.
- Opal Red
- Opal Merlot
- Opal Pink
- Opal Yellow (requires hand training)
This is the bedrock of the Mandevilla offerings, offering the same vigorous Mandevilla habit that gardeners have come to enjoy, but with improved disease resistance and an earlier flowering time.
- Agate Scarlet
- Agate White
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