Today I am divulging some of my family's tips and trick on how to care for a Mandevilla.
After purchasing one of our Mandevillas, you might be tempted to plant it in the ground. Rein in that urge and substitute it with a one-two gallon decorative container. This will allow the Mandevilla to mature further which will grant it greater success later on if planted directly in the earth.
Mandevilla plants need sandy, well-draining soil with plenty of organic material mixed in. A soil ratio I like to use for Mandevillas include two parts peat moss to one part builder’s sand.
Another important part of Mandevilla care is the type of light they receive. Mandevilla vines are fond of bright, indirect light and some shade. While in direct sunlight, Mandevillas have a tendency to scorch.
Now, in order to maintain Mandevilla blooms throughout the summer, I like to feed my babies with a high phosphorus, water-soluble fertilizer twice a month. This tip has allowed my Mandevillas to be in colorful bloom all summer long.
Lastly, I prefer a bushier, fuller Mandevilla; therefore, I pinch my plants to obtain this look. To pinch your Mandevilla vine, simply use your fingers to pinch 1/2 inch off the end of each stem. The Mandevilla will regrow fuller with more blooms and radiance.
That all for today! As always,
"We're rooting for you",