Introduction: What are Mandevilla Vines?
Mandevilla aka rock trumpet, aka Chilean jasmine, is a beautiful sun-loving tropical vine that grows up to 20 feet long in tropical and subtropical climates. If taken care of right, Mandevilla vines grow trumpet-shaped flowers with five petals and can be red, pink, white, or yellow in color. Mandevillas grow best in mid to late spring.
Types of Mandevilla Vines
The different types of Mandevilla vines differ in the color of the flower that blooms. Mandevilla Alice du pont blooms bright red flowers while Mandevilla Splendens blooms pink trumpet flowers with yellow throat. There are also boliviensis, sanderi, sunmandecrim, and laxa.
Growing Mandevilla Vines: Planting and Soil Requirements
When it comes to planting and soil, Mandevillas love sandy and well-draining soils mixed with compost. Mandevillas can grow straight from the ground or from a pot/container. For some, it is easier to grow them using containers to better stimulate vining growth.
Sun and Water Requirements for Mandevilla Vines
Full sun exposure is the way to go with Mandevilla vines so never use shade when growing them. When it comes to watering them, too much water is never good so the right word would be frequent. These vines and flowers prefer moist soil over wet soil.
Fertilizing Mandevilla Vines: Tips and Techniques
One must be mindful that Mandevilla vines thrive in tropical climates. However, a balance when fertilizing is also important. When starting out, general-purpose fertilizer is good to get the vines started and if you want for the flowers to bloom, switch to high potash options. According to Plant Care Today, fertilizer high in phosphorus is the ideal option.
Pruning Mandevilla Vines: When and How to Do It
Make sure to cut or prune all dead growth until only live growth appears. Pruning rock trumpet vines is best done in late spring or early winter and not when the vine or flower is growing.
Propagating Mandevilla Vines: Techniques and Tips
Propagating rock trumpet is hard if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are 2 methods to propagate rock trumpets, using seeds or stem cuttings. The seeds method is ideal for beginners and stem cutting is more on the advanced side.
Common Pests and Diseases of Mandevilla Vines
Without the proper care and growth technique, rock trumpet vines and flowers can be infested with spider mites and inflicted with powdery mildew, leaf spots, botrytis blight (gray mold), and more. Rock trumpets love sun exposure, however, without the right amount of water, they can dry up. So, make sure to have the right balance of sun and water.
Mandevilla Vines in Landscaping: Creative Ideas and Inspirations
Rock trumpets vines are beautiful on their own. But if you incorporate them into your landscaping ideas, they can be magical. Mandevillas can grow up to 20 feet tall so it is always a good idea to give them room to grow and crawl. Many people grow them in pots and place them aesthetically throughout their backyards. If you have a gazebo or maybe a veranda in your backyard, then growing Mandevillas near them is a great idea.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mandevilla Vines
Can Mandevillas survive indoors?
Yes. When indoors, Mandevillas should be in pots and they should have enough sun exposure. It is a good idea to mist their leaves regularly to maintain the ideal level of humidity to help them grow.
Are Mandevillas toxic to pets?
Yes, it contains toxic properties that can be harmful to pets like dogs and cats. Not just to pets, but also to children as well. So, this answers another faq which is are these vines/flowers edible? No, they are not.
Is it easy to grow Mandevillas?
With the right tools and knowledge, yes.
Are you excited about your next gardening session? You’ll never go wrong with Mandevillas.