Mandevilla Indoors in Winter - Knowledgebase Question

Rockwell City, IA
Question by hannah_monta
August 25, 2006
I have a beautiful mandevilla. This is the first time I have owned one. I have it outside in a pot and it is growing beautifully. I want to know if I can bring it inside and if so what do do with it. Should it be cut back? Will it still bloom in the winter? Does it have to be cleaned or sprayed before I bring it in? It is so nice I just do not want to lose it. Any help would be appreciated.


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Answer from NGA
August 25, 2006

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These plants are not winter hardy in cold winter areas such as yours. They can be treated as annuals and replaced each year, or you can try to overwinter them indoors. Ideally, they would be moved to a heated and bright sunny greenhouse. If you want to keep them blooming as houseplants, they need to be brought indoors before the nights get too cold, say consistently below 55 degrees or so. Put them in a very bright location and keep watered and fertilized. They will stop blooming if the location is not bright enough or if they are exposed to too much cold before coming indoors. Alternatively, you can simply overwinter them indoors in a semi dormant state, leaving them outside until nights are in the mid-40's and then cut them back, bring them into a very cool (not freezing) bright room, water them just enough to keep the soil from drying out completely, and stop fertilizing for the winter. In spring when they try to grow again, water more and feed them and keep them in the brightest light as best you can. Yet another method is to leave them out later in the season as above, then place them in a cool location that is dark such as a basement or attached garage and hope they can survive; in this case they would be watered very little and eventually cut back hard and brought out into the light, and fed and watered normally again, in early spring. The switch from outdoors to indoors and vice versa should be done gradually to avoid shocking the plant and allow it time to adjust. Be sure to check it carefully for pests before you bring it inside. Some gardeners will wash the plant thoroughly and possibly treat it with insecticidal soap once or twice about a week apart just to be sure it is clean, once indoors it can be tough to control any pesky little hitchhikers. One more option is to lift the tuber or bare root it and pack it in slightly damp shavings or peat moss to store as one would store cannas for the winter. This would be in a cool dark location (say 50 degrees) and in a paper bag or cardboard box, check on it periodically to make sure it is not moldy indicating it is too wet (dry it off a bit and repack in clean new material) and not shriveling indicating it is too dry (sprinkle with water to rehydrate slightly). Repot in early spring and place in a bright location to resume growth. In all cases they would need to be gradually reacclimated to being outside next spring and summer. The switch from outdoors to indoors and vice versa should be done gradually to avoid shocking the plant and allow it time to adjust. Be sure to check it carefully for pests before you bring it inside. Some gardeners will wash the plant thoroughly and possibly treat it with insecticidal soap once or twice about a week apart just to be sure it is clean, once indoors it can be tough to control any pesky little hitchhikers. It takes some experimentation to locate the most ideal conditions depending on the possibilities you have in your home. I hope it works out for you. Good luck with your mandevilla!

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