Mandevilla - Knowledgebase Question

Utica, Ne
Question by denygd
July 17, 2010
Recently purchased a Mandevilla at the Home depot, but it did not have care instructions. The store told us to contact this site for help. Thank You.


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Answer from NGA
July 17, 2010

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Except for the Chilean Jasmine (Mandevilla laxa), which is root-hardy to about 5F degrees, most mandevilla's are considered greenhouse or indoor plants in cold-winter areas such as yours. This summer you can enjoy your mandevilla on an outdoor deck or patio. Give it at least 4 hours of sunshine to promote flowering and keep the soil in the container moist but not soggy wet. You can pinch out the tips of the stems to promote a bushy growth habit and lots of flowers. When the weather begins to cool in the autumn, bring your plant indoors, and place it in a brightly lit area where the minimum temperature will be above 55F degrees. Water sparingly, and don't feed, because growth will be minimal in the winter months. In the early spring begin watering often enough to keep the soil moist, and mist the leaves every few days (this is especially important when the plant is developing flower buds). When the weather warms in the spring, take your plant outdoors, where it should put on an attractive performance throughout the summer months. Enjoy your new mandevilla!

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