Are you looking for a flowering red vine that gives you a mini vacation every time you gaze upon it? The Red Mandevilla is a beautiful tropical plant that is absolutely mesmerizing. It is a woody vine that seems to laugh at the heat, putting out beautiful, red trumpet shaped blooms all along its woody, twining stem.
The Red Mandevilla grows well in hot climates and is known well for its vining abilities. Many people adorn their telephone poles and mailboxes with the showy trumpet shaped flowers.
Although, this beauty thrives in the hot sun, it also serves as a great house plant. They are relatively easy to keep and can be kept in a pot to allow movement indoors when the weather gets cool. The ruby red blossoms can be recognized by their beautiful trumpet shape. With oval shaped, evergreen leaves and blooms about 4 inches across, the Mandevilla will demand the attention of onlookers.
The Mandevilla tolerates a wide range of soil conditions as long as the soil is well drained. It can be kept as a vining plant or can be pinched back to allow for a bushier effect. The Mandevilla must be brought indoors or treated as an annual (unless your a zone 9 or higher) when winter rolls around due to its preference to warm temperatures. In Zones 9 and up Mandevillas are considered perennials
Tropical plants can add happiness to anyone’s garden or home. Just looking at the beautiful, red blooms of the Red Mandevilla plant will make evident its beautiful and elegant nature. With warm temps and sunlight, the Red Mandevilla will promise an abundance of tropical beauty either indoors or outdoors.
Adorn your mailbox, front porch, or simply a corner in your home with the Red Mandevilla today.
When temperatures are getting close to 50 degrees F it is time to move your mandevilla plant inside.
Be sure your plant is free of pests. Some safe and easy options if you aren’t sure are neem oil and insecticidal soaps.
Cut your plant back by at least ⅓. If you have a very large plant go ahead and prune it back even more. These plants tolerate heavy pruning.
Place your mandevilla in a sunny spot.
Whether your plant is dormant or semi-dormant you still want to water it, but not as often as during the growing season. Allow the plant to dry out completely before watering it.
*Do not fertilize in winter. Even in climates where mandevillas are evergreen year-round they still do through a semi-dormant resting period in winter where they don’t flower and grow slower. So give your plant some much needed rest so it can explode with growth in spring.
Growing Mandevilla as a Houseplant
A mandevilla can thrive as a houseplant, but you will need a nice sunny spot, preferably a south facing window, in order to get flowers indoors. If you don’t have a bright spot you can purchase a basic plant light.Make sure your container has good drainage and isn’t much larger than the pot it came in.
Water your plant when the soil becomes dry to the touch. (Checking down 1 or 2 inches into the soil with your finger is ideal.)
Feed twice yearly with a slow release fertilizer preferably in early spring and mid to late summer.
Pinch back or trim new shoots to encourage a bushier shape for your indoor mandevilla.
Move your mandevilla into a slightly larger pot when the roots start to fill the pot. Signs of this are roots growing out of the drainage holes or to the soil surface and an inability to hold water as the roots takeover the soil.
Mandevillas are used as a flowering vine around fences and trellises and over mailboxes. This pretty vine is used as an annual in climates other than very warm climates like growing zone 10 and 11. However, you can grow in a container and move inside in winter to enjoy year after year. Combine with Red and White Mandevilla Vines for different colors.