I have always loved the beautiful blooms on the Mandevilla
and Bougainvillea vines that other gardeners have shared
through their pictures. Being a northern gardener they were
really not practical to purchase just as annuals.
Living in an older home with large Maple trees in the front
where the windows were blocked from the best sunlight was
another reason or excuse not to purchase them.
When I saw one small poorly cared for Mandevilla
vine at half price I could not resist in bringing it home
with me. I am hoping to keep it indoors this winter in
the small shelved greenhouse that I purchased to overwinter
other plants. I was able to keep a few plants last winter
with good results so maybe the vine will keep blooming. If the
light is not antiquate for it , it may go dormant over the winter,
which would be fine also and then it can be kept in the
basement for the winter.
I put it into a new and larger pot and added a little
compost to the potting soil. Placed it in a sunny spot
on the front porch. Since then it has started taking
off beautifully and is blooming so pretty.
It is now climbing out of the pot and up the wrought
iron rails on the porch. I took these pictures a couple of
weeks ago and it has grown even more since then. It will
be pinched back since the vines are going everywhere
which will also help to make it bushier.
The beautiful pink blooms with the yellow throats are
so pretty. I am enjoying looking at it as I set out on the
front porch so it has been worth the money already.
Before I bring it in for the winter I will prune it back
to about 12 inches from the soil line.
Mandevilla Dipladenia splendens
Here are some guidelines I found when researching the
care for Mandevilla vines over winter:
To winterize the plant; either treat it as a houseplant or
store it in a dormant stage. Mandevilla as a houseplant can
be trimmed back to make it manageable and needs a sunny
window to flourish. Water once a week. You will get some
leaf drop due to lower light and humidity indoors.
Another way to winterize mandevilla is in a dormant stage
in a garage or cool basement with temperatures around
45-55F. Cut it back to about 12 inches above the soil line.
Treat for insects if any. Keep it dry but not completely dry.
Check periodically for soil moisture. It will drop its
leaves. The important thing to keep in mind is that you
want to keep it alive it through the winter. In the spring
some of the old growth may be pruned back and when
new shoots develop move the plant to a sunny window.
Pinch the new growth to get a bushier plant. Repot in
fresh soil and set outside when danger of frost has passed.
Happy Gardening Everyone and Hope You
are all Having a Wonderful Holiday Weekend!