The Q&A Archives: Care For Mandavilla

Question: I dug my mandavilla up and re-potted it about 3 weeks ago. It is now in the house for the winter. What care does it require? Can I expect it to be as beautiful next summer as it was this past one?

Answer: Ideally, when growing this vine as a potted plant, you would first check it all over for pests and then gradually begin acclimating it to the lower light levels it will have indoors. Move it gradually to a shadier location but do not leave it outside when temperatures drop below about fifty. Then move it indoors to the sunniest spot you have. Keep it out of drafts and keep the humidity around it high if possible. Expect some yellowing of leaves in protest of the move. Reduce watering and fertilizing as the plant's growth slows. In spring, reverse the process to reacclimate it to the outdoors. Depending on how well your plant does this winter it may or may not be in as good a condition next spring as it was when you purchased it. Unless you have a greenhouse, I would expect it to languish a bit while indoors. However, once it is back outside in the sunshine and warm temperatures it loves, it should regrow nicely.

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