Mandevilla Plant Care Tips

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Mandevilla Care

The Mandevilla plant is a beautiful plant you can grow on your patio. It is known for its gorgeous flowers. A Mandevilla plant can add a tropical touch to your home. It is a great plant for patios and balconies but you may also grow it in other conditions.

Beautiful Mandevilla Flowers

Mandevilla is best known for its gorgeous, bright flowers. The flowers are typically pink but there are also some other color variations. These flowers are trumped-shaped and can grow about 4 inches across.

Many people choose Mandevillas precisely because of their gorgeous flowers. If you wish to have a beautiful vine with lush flowers you need to take a good care of your plant. Luckily, Mandevillas are not needy but you need to give them some attention.

Soil for Mandevilla Plants

Most Mandevilla vines are sold with flowers. It means that it's ready to make your balcony or patio more beautiful than ever, but you need to know how to care for it. The first thing you may want to do is to transplant it into the ground into a large enough container. Make sure that your Mandevilla vine has plenty of space.

The best medium for your Mandevilla plant is a sandy, well-draining soil. Make sure that there is a lot of organic material mixed in the soil. A good choice for medium is two parts potting soil or peat moss mixed with one part sand (it can be a regular builder's sand).

Care Tips for Mandevilla Plants

Mandevillas need specific temperatures to thrive. While they may seem like annual plants, they are actually frost-tender perennials. When temperatures go below 50 degrees F (that's 10 degrees C), you need to take your Mandevilla vine inside to protect it from cold. These vines are not winter hardy for most of the United States. They need minimal temperatures around 50 degrees F (or 45 at the minimum). It means that most of the United States need to grow Mandevillas as houseplants. You can't keep them on our balcony when it gets too cold. This is something to keep in mind.

When it comes to lighting conditions, make sure to provide some shade to your Mandevilla. These vines need bright, indirect light or filtered sunlight. At the same time, your Mandevilla can be burned in full sunlight, so make sure it's never subjected to direct sunlight. You need to provide some shade to your vine to make it thrive.

You need to fertilize your Mandevilla vine regularly. This is the only way to get the most beautiful and lush flowers during summer. Provide your Mandevilla with water-soluble fertilizer that is high in phosphorus. This will make it bloom with amazing flowers.

It is a good practice to prune your Mandevilla plant by pinching. This will give you a fuller, bushier plant. To prune your Mandevilla, simply pinch off 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the end of the each stem using your fingers.

For the best care of your Mandevilla, make sure to provide it some sort of support. Remember, Mandevillas are vines and they need support so they can grow and thrive. You can use a trellis or another type of support to make your Mandevilla vine grow high.

You should inspect your Mandevilla plant for pests carefully, especially if you want to bring it indoors. If there are pests, make sure to treat your plant before you take it inside your home.

Photo credit: Audrey

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