ST. PETERS, Mi
|bought pink mandevilla here in zone 5...any tips to keep this alive so when i visit my home in January to plant in the florida keys i can plant outdoors there...heard the are easy in that zone? will not get alot of maintenance as that place is rented...
|Answer from NGA
August 20, 2010
|Mandevilla does wonderfully well in Florida so when you get down there, plant your mandevillea and keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Once it establishes a good root system it can get by with only one or two deep soakings per week. You can enjoy your mandevilla outdoors on a porch, deck or patio for now. When nighttime temperatures drop to about 50F you'll want to prune your plant back to about 12" and take it indoors. Keep it in a brightly lit spot and allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. You don't really want to encourage new growth but you do want to provide enough water and bright light to keep it alive. When you get it to Florida allow it to adjust to the climate change by placing it outdoors in a protected spot for about 2 weeks and watering regularly. It should develop new growth and that's your cue to plant it in its permanent home. Best wishes with your mandevilla.
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