Planting Mandevilla

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

  • Shovel
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden spade
  • Good location
  • Water source
  • Mulch

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.


Mandevilla Spacing

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

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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Author Alison Cotsonas - Published 08-30-2022