How to Care for the Mandevilla Vine
The Mandevilla vine is a beautiful tropical plant that originates in South and Central America. Although these flowers are perennials, in colder climates it is necessary to grow them as annuals. These flowers often will not survive temperatures lower than 50F, if you know how to care for this plant through the winter, it can actually live for many years and provide you with some very beautiful tropical flowers. Depending on the variety of plant that you get, the flowers of the Mandevilla vine will come in shades of red, white, pink and yellow.
To plant the Mandevilla vine you will want to start with a root cutting; this should be planted during mid to late spring, when there is no longer a danger of frost. The best area to plant in is an area with well-drained soil and is located in partial shade. To fertilize, spread a small amount of plant food in the soil before planting.
When planting, you will want to dig a small hole that is about 5 inches deep and place the cutting inside the hole and cover with soil. Water the plant as soon as you are done covering the root so that they are kept moist. You will want to water at least once a week until you see growth from the soil and the Mandevilla vine is well established. Due to the fact that this plant can grow very large, if you are planting more than one you will need to space them at least 3 feet apart.
A proper watering schedule is important to the health of the Mandevilla vine; during the warmer months you will want to water about three times a week, but when the plant goes dormant during the winter, you will only need to water about once a week. Reducing the amount that you water during its dormant phase is important due to the fact that the vine will not require as much water, and if the roots become too wet it could cause root rot.
Fertilizing the Mandevilla plant is as important as watering; you will need to do this about every two weeks during the growing season. Water before and after fertilizing, but be sure that the fertilizer does not come into contact the plant or it may burn it. During the winter there is no need to fertilize because the plant is dormant and does not require feeding.
Because of the fact the Mandevilla vine is a tropical plant, it does not do well during the winter if in a cold climate. If you live in an area where the temperatures drop below 50F in the winter, you will either need to replant each year, or transplant into pots and bring the Mandevilla indoors.
To transplant to a pot you will need a container that is twice as big as the root system, fill the container with a combination of moss, sand, and soil. You will need to use caution when removing the plant from the ground, making sure that you do not damage any of the roots. During the spring it is safe to transplant outdoors after the average nighttime temperature reaches at least 50F and there is no longer any danger of frost.
Although the Mandevilla vine can be somewhat difficult to care for, there is no doubt they are some of the most beautiful flowers you can add to your garden. For those that live in warm climates, this is the perfect addition to your landscape, plus in a warmer climate it will not need nearly as much care.