There are many types of flowering vines. Plants that can climb structures creating a beautiful plant web with the intertwining of the stems, and when they have flowers it is even more beautiful to see. So if you are interested in finding out more about growing and caring for Mandevilla, stick around.
The Mandevilla, known also as rock trumpet, is one of the plants in the flowering vines category, growing in subtropical and tropical climates. With gorgeous flowers and a delicious fragrance, they are usually found in the colors red, pink, and white. And also sometimes the inside part can be found in yellow.
They are usually summer bloomers that can go on blooming until early fall, but in warmer climates, they can bloom for the whole year. Inside this family of flowers, you can find some varieties that have a larger amount of flowers with a small size and some that have fewer but bigger ones. They also show off beautiful glossy green leaves.
I will answer some common questions about Mandevillas. Are Mandevilla annual or perennial plants? When growing inside the right zones for them it is possible to grow them as perennials, but when growing outside the Mandevilla growing zone they can be grown as annuals. How fast does Mandevilla grow? Madevillas are fast growers. When to plant Mandevilla? The best time to plant them is from the middle to the end of spring when the temperature is more stably warm.
How to Care for Mandevilla
Mandevilla care is relatively easy, you just need to know what are the Mandevilla growing conditions so you can offer your plant the best chance to thrive. These plants do well in a warm environment with moisture and a lot of light. Water them when you notice that the soil is starting to dry out, and, during the growing season, it is good to feed your Mandevilla.
If you want your plant to take a bushier form, pinching the stems back at the beginning of spring will help you in that. If you decide to allow them to grow naturally like a vine you should offer them some kind of structure or trellis for them to climb. You can also choose to grow them in hanging baskets.
- Light conditions. The best light condition for these plants is in full sun, which means that they get most days direct sunlight for at least six hours. They can be grown in partial shade, and it might even be good for them to have some shade in the afternoon on those very hot summer days. So a good thing about growing them in containers is that when the sun becomes very harsh you can move them to a spot where they can get some protection, and their foliage won’t get burned.
- Soil conditions. You will need to have sandy soil to grow these flowers, soil with good drainage, with a good mix of organic material inside. A combination of builder’s sand, leaf mold, and peat moss make a good potting mix. And the pH of the soil will be best if neutral to acidic, but if the soil is a bit alkaline they can tolerate it.
- Watering. Many plants with flowers need a lot of water, but in the case of the Mandevilla, they can live and continue flowering with a certain level of dryness. Although they can live with dryer conditions they will like it better if the moisture level of the soil is maintained in a consistent way, so what you are striving for is to keep the soil damp. But don’t overdo it with the water amount because these plants don’t do well with soggy soil. In order to allow the soil to absorb the water evenly water slowly. Spraying the leaves will be good to raise the level of humidity around the whole plant.
- Humidity and temperature. These plants like warm climates with a high level of humidity. The temperature during the day should be a minimum of 15 celsius and during the night 10 celsius, if you are growing Mandevilla outdoors. If the climate of where you live is dry, you can mist the plant regularly to help the level of humidity to stay up.
- Fertilizer. Use balanced, slow-release fertilizer, apply it in the spring. Liquid fertilizer can also be used, you will want to apply it at half strength every 15 days from spring until fall. Adding compost to the soil can also be a good idea.
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