Growing Mandevilla in pots is the perfect solution to growing this striking flowering vine long-term in areas that have cold winter weather. Mandevilla hails from areas with tropical and subtropical weather, and this beauty cannot handle cold weather. Container-grown Mandevilla can be brought indoors before the weather turns cold. Potted Mandevilla can also be grown on a deck, balcony, or any outdoor space needing color and texture.
Planting Mandevilla in Pots
The care for Mandevilla in pots is similar to plants grown in the ground. Plant Mandevilla in pots during the spring, so the plant has plenty of time to settle in before setting summertime flowers. The planters must have drainage. Any planter material is fine, but remember that Mandevilla has high water needs, and porous materials, like terra cotta, will dry out more quickly and require water more often.
Best Soil For Mandevilla in Pots
Potting soil for Mandevilla should be neutral to slightly acidic, evenly moist, but allow for drainage. Amending the potting soil with organic compost will support healthy growth and help this fast-growing vine reach its full potential. Mandevilla appreciates consistent moisture but does not like to be waterlogged, so soil that allows water to drain is best.
Caring For Mandevilla in Planters
Mandevilla grown in pots needs at least 6 hours of full sun per day, rich soil, and a container with drainage. The vines will climb and grab onto anything within reach, so give the plant a trellis or structure that it can use for support. Feature Mandevilla in a hanging basket so the vines can cascade down.
Watering Mandevilla in Pots
Plan to water Mandevilla rather frequently. This plant likes consistently damp soil, so do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Water potted Mandevilla when the top layer of soil is damp and water until excess water drains through the pot.
Fertilizing Mandevilla in Pots
Soil high in organic content will help Mandevilla push out plenty of strong vines and flowers. Fertilizing potted plants will help the plant thrive. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks to support continued growth during the spring and summer.
Winter Care For Mandevilla in Pots
Mandevilla needs some assistance to survive the winter. Potted Mandevilla needs to be protected from cold winter weather. Move the plant into an indoor area, out of cold weather and snow. Plants grown in hot regions can stay outside. Trim back the growth and cover if the weather forecast calls for a cold snap.
Growing Mandevilla Indoors
Mandevilla can be grown indoors as a houseplant. Cut the growth back to about 8 to 10 inches and bring the plant inside. Mandevilla goes dormant during the winter, so do not expect it to bloom. Water indoor Mandevilla when the top couple of inches of soil are dry.