Mandevilla makes a lovely addition to a yard or outdoor space, especially if this flowering vine has a trellis or a structure to climb. Brightly colored flowers have a topical look, and glossy green leaves give this plant a full and lush appearance. Also known as rock trumpet, Mandevilla is easy to maintain as long as it is cared for in the correct way. Learn how to plant Mandevilla properly and enjoy this stunner for many years.
What You Need To Plant Mandevilla
- Compost or manure
- Garden spade
- Good location
- Water source
Where to Plant Mandevilla
Sunlight is essential for all plants, and while some can handle less than ideal lighting conditions, Mandevilla is not one of them. Plant Mandevilla in a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Morning sun and afternoon shade is best because while this plant loves lots of sunlight, intense afternoon light can burn the foliage. Soil should be rich and moist but allow for drainage.
As a vining plant, Mandevilla needs room to spread out. Space Mandevilla about 5 feet apart. The dense vines will fill in the area and create a full-looking plant. Give Mandevilla a trellis or a structure the vines can latch onto and climb. Plant Mandevilla in a row to create a lovely blooming hedge or barrier. Leave space when planting Mandevilla near other plants so the vines do not overtake the surrounding planting.
Steps To Plant Mandevilla
Step 1 - Choose a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day
Step 2 - Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball
Step 3 - Amend the soil with organic compost or manure
Step 4 - Position the plant in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the ground
Step 5 - Backfill the hole and firmly press the soil into place
Step 6 - Water the soil around the base of the plant until it is entirely saturated
When to Plant Mandevilla
Plant Mandevilla in the spring. This vining beauty grows as a perennial in very warm climates but is an annual in other areas. Wait until there is no longer a risk of frost to plant, but try to get the plant in the ground as early as possible so it has time to acclimate before the summer blooming season.
Transplanting Mandevilla in cold climates where the plant grows as an annual is not generally necessary. The plant can be moved by digging up the entire root ball and relocating it to a sunny spot that receives full light. Water thoroughly after planting. Mandevilla can be moved to a container in the fall for safekeeping during the winter until it is warm enough to move back outdoors.
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