Care of mandeville plant

Asked July 10, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

Care of mandeville plant

Maryland

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Mandevillas are tropical natives which are grown in our area as annual flowering plants. They can not survive our winter climate, but can be taken indoors for the winter with proper care and planning.They begin blooming when they are about 12" tall and can be kept shorter/bushier with repeated pinching. Their natural preference however is to climb by twining around supports such as a small trellis or stakes inserted into the soil. During the active growth period of summer they should be fertilized every two weeks with a standard liquid fertilizer. They need bright light to bloom well. Water them freely until it drains from the bottom of the pot, then allow the top half inch of soil to dry out (poke your finger in the soil) before watering again.They prefer temps above 55 and should be brought in in the fall if you want to grow it as a houseplant. You can prune it back, and water it sparingly and do not fertilize during the winter rest period.cm