Mandevilla has grow in popularity over the past few years along with some of the other spring flowering vines.
The name Mandevilla was named after Henry Mandeville who was a gardener and a diplomat. This small exotic plant is known for its twining stems and oval-shaped green leaves.
We’ve received quite many request for information on Mandevilla care especially over the winter, so we’ll try to give you some help on this beautiful colorful vine.
Mandevillas makes a great addition to a backyard patio! These plants are often offered as dipladenia. The dipladenia is similar to the Mandevilla, but, there are a few differences between the two plants.
Grown on Trellis
First, we usually find plants growing on a trellis, whereas Dipladenia is often potted, or as basket plant. The flowers are larger, the leaves are not as leathery, and larger. Mandevilla’s show a tendency to vine more.
All of the varieties grown are very showy and flower readily especially during the warmer months.
In south Florida these plants grow in full sun. Make sure you give them very high, bright light. They make their way up north in late March through May each springtime.
An important "how to" in mandavilla care is to use a well drained soil as these plants can be very sensitive to over watering.
Allow plants to dry between waterings. When you water, make sure you water thoroughly. Remember to water —– S L O W L Y —- so all of the soil gets wet.
Mandevilla Production Video from Sun Parsol
The Real Beauty – The Flowers
Mandy’s real beauty is the flowers. It is very responsive to warm temperatures, and the plant will stall if the temperature stays too cool, say below 65 degrees.
I’ve expressed my opinion on fertilizing houseplants… outdoors is different altogether like lawns. Flowering forces plants to use up a lot of energy, a good well balanced fertilizer will help keep the plant(s) healthy and flowering longer. Most likely the plants will require some pinching to keep them inbounds.
Prune after flowering to shape and thin, and train the twining stems carefully. Young plants need to be tied up at first. Propagation is by seeds or stem cuttings.
You will find several varieties in the stores: A pink named – Alice Dupont, Yellow, White Delight, Red Riding Hood and my favorite, darker red – Ruby Star. A new one “Stars and Stripes” is an up an comer.
All make beautiful additions to the patio and/or entrance to a backyard and add lots of color to a small backyard with lots of sun.
They really are easy to care for, and add color wherever they are growing.
One question that get during the winter has to do with winterizing Mandevilla. Any of you out there that have successfully overwintered your plant let us know. This isn’t just staying alive but bringing it back into flower the next year.