Named after Dr Frederik Allamand of Leyden Switzerland (1713-1787). Allamanda is a climber with yellow flowers and glossy dark green leaves.
During active growth period water copiously, during the Winter rest period, water sparingly.
After first flowers appear, apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer.
Re-pot annually in Spring as new growth starts.
Plant 3-4 inch cuttings of early Spring growth in a 3 inch pots of moistened cutting compost or equal parts peat moss and perlite. Place cuttings in a plastic bag or heated propagator. Let them in bright filtered light. After 2 months, move them in standard mixture.
Allamanda is an easily grown plant, that prefers a warm greenhouse or conservatory. If humidity is high in the home, it will grow well.
After flowering, it should be cut back to one joint of the old wood in mid Winter.
Provide bright light but some shade from brilliant sunshine in Summer. Without occasional trimming or pruning it can easily become straggly and untidy.
Floor standing plant next to patio window or in conservatory, climbing through trellis or other support.
Spray every 2 days in Spring and Summer avoiding flowers. Place pot on saucer of pebbles almost covered with water.
The first potatoes were cultivated in Peru about 7,000 years ago.