The Q&A Archives: Mandevilla Plants Over Winter

Question: We planted 2 mandevillas outdoors this summer in the ground and they are huge and beautiful, covering our entire trellis. We have read that we should bring them indoors for the winter, but since they are planted in the ground, will this hurt the root system? I hate to lose them because they are beautiful!

Answer: Mandevillas survive winters only in mild regions. In colder regions, they are often treated as annuals. Yes, digging them will disturb the root system and cause some transplant shock. Water deeply the day before you dig them. Moist soil will help keep the root ball intact. Have containers ready so their roots won't dry out. You might also want to take cuttings and start new plants as an insurance policy. Good luck!

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