Tropical Allamanda Plants Provide Bright, Cheerful Blooms Amidst the Summer Heat and Humidity
Originally from Central and South America, Allamanda vines and bushes are now very prevalent throughout the tropics, and Thailand is no exception. These plants provide bright, cheerful yellow blooms year-round amidst the tropical heat and humidity, especially during the rainy monsoon season of May-October.
I’ve been growing these cheerful Allamanda plants in my garden in Bangkok, Thailand, for over a decade, and they’ve been blooming profusely year-round, year after year. Allamandas have leathery, dark-green, shiny leaves that are as attractive as their blooms. Flowers also come in other colorful shades apart from yellow, ranging from orange to pink.
Though many Allamandas grow as vines which can reach up to 15 ft long, they can be easily pruned into bushes and hedges. In my experience, pruning helps to reinvigorate new growth and flowers. These cheerful plants are great when pruned into bushes and hedges, or they can be allowed to grow and cover walls or larger trees with their bright blooms.
As tropical plants, Allamandas love full sun, prefer moist soil, and thrive in heat and humidity. In Thailand growth is fastest & flowering most vigorous during the wet monsoon season (May-October), but they do bloom year-round. In warm tropical regions, Allamandas can be planted directly in the garden in a sunny spot with moist soil. They love water and even grow wild in the tropics beside streams and near ponds.
In colder temperate climates, Allamandas can be grown in large pots and kept indoors during the winter, during which watering should be reduced due to slower growth. As tropical plants, Allamandas are highly sensitive to frost and must be shielded from the cold.
If planted directly in a tropical garden, grown Allamandas dislike being moved or transplanted, so make sure you’re planting these bright tropical perennials in a great spot where you can enjoy their blooms in the long haul, year after year.
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Happy gardening, wherever your garden may be!
Lat (Ratasit C.)