By: Teo Spengler
Gardeners appreciate mandevilla vines (Mandevilla splendens) for their ability to climb up trellises and garden walls quickly and easily. The climbing vine can cover a backyard eyesores quickly and beautifully. But using mandevilla vines for ground covers is also a good idea. The vine scrambles over a slope as fast as it climbs a trellis, and it can quickly cover a rise or a knoll where it is difficult to plant grass. Read on for information about using mandevilla vines for ground covers.
The same qualities that make mandevilla an excellent climbing vine also make it great ground cover. Using mandevilla as a ground cover works well since the foliage is dense and the flowers attractive. The leathery vine leaves – up to 8 inches long – are dark forest green, and they contrast beautifully with the bright pink flowers.
The blossoms appear in early spring, and the mandevilla vine continues flowering prolifically through fall. You can find cultivars that offer blossoms in different sizes and colors, including white and red.
Rapid growth is another wonderful trait of the vine that suggests using mandevilla as a ground cover. Mandevilla survives the winter in US Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 and 10, but gardeners in colder climates treat mandevilla as an annual. They plant mandevilla ground cover in early spring and enjoy its rapid growth and prolific flowers through the first frost.
Since mandevilla vines require a trellis or other support in order to climb, you can use mandevilla vines for ground covers simply by planting the vine on a slope without a climbing support. The plant will still grow to 15 feet, but instead of heading up vertically, it will spread foliage and flowers across the ground.
If you are thinking of using mandevilla vines for ground covers, plant the vine in direct sun or light shade. Be sure that the soil drains well and offer the mandevilla regular irrigation. Keep the soil evenly moist. Do not allow it to get overly wet or to dry out completely.
Caring for mandevilla vines includes offering the plant fertilizer. For best results, feed your mandevilla with fertilizer that has more phosphorus than nitrogen or potassium. Alternatively, add bone meal to regular fertilizer to increase the phosphorus content.
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With bright pink blossoms and shiny green leaves, mandevilla vine (Mandevilla × amabilis) brightens up your garden outdoors or a sunny spot inside if you give it the conditions it prefers. You can also make it a movable pleasure by leaving it outdoors during the spring and summer and bringing it indoors in the fall if you live in a cold climate. Mandevilla grows outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 11.
Fertilizer is required to help the mandevilla grow and bloom during the growing seasons of spring and summer. HortChat.com recommends using a phosphorus-heavy fertilizer (such as a 10-20-10 formulation), mixed according to the directions on the package.
Mandevilla vines are cold hardy to zone 9. This warm weather-loving plant does not tolerate cold weather. Temperatures that approach 55 degrees Fahrenheit cause mandevilla to wilt and eventually die. When temperatures start dropping in fall or winter, a home gardener has a decision to make: dig up the mandevilla so that it can be overwintered indoors, or allow the plant to die and purchase a new plant the following spring.
Mandevilla plants have become a common patio plant. Their ease of care and tropical beauty make it a solid winner! Let’s explore how to keep your mandevilla vine happy and healthy year-round.
You have purchased your mandevilla vine or maybe you were lucky enough to receive one as a gift. You have a couple of options. You may wish to transplant it into the ground (after the danger of frost) or into a larger decorative container. Regardless of the planting choice, both will require a quality soil mixture for maintaining good plant health. We recommend using a mixture of “Bumper Crop” soil amendment as a 50/50 mix with your existing soil and refill the planting hole with that soil mixture surrounding the plant.
If you choose to transplant into a larger pot, use a 50/50 mixture of Bumper Crop and Gardener’s Gold Organic Potting Soil. You now have provided a well-draining, nutrient rich soil. What a great start for most any plant!
Proper lighting is a key to lush vigorous growth. Mandevilla vines flower all summer long with bright sunlight. Full sun to filtered sunlight is an important key to continue blooming. They will not bloom in a shade environment. In order to get the best blooms all summer long, use a “Bloom Booster” fertilizer once every other week. This will promote lush blooming all summer long!
Pruning back your mandevilla by pinching will provide you with a bushier plant. All mandevilla plants will require some sort of support. A trellis, stake, or obelisk work well in containers. A fence, mailbox, lamppost, or just an old dead stump can provide great support when planted in the ground.
In most climates the mandevilla vine is considered an annual. It will not tolerate temps below 50 degrees F. You can bring your container plant indoors for the winter. We advise those who wish to winter-over their vine to plant a plain nursery pot into the ground and uproot it to bring it in for the winter. Any plant which is brought in from outside for the winter should be checked and treated for insects. Place your mandevilla in a brightly lit area and water to keep the soil moist. When the temperatures in your area are consistently above 50F, it’s time to move it back outside for another year of enjoyment!
It’s mostly grow in Mandevilla x amabilis
Bloom Period and Seasonal Color
Mid to late summer to fall in colors such as pink, red, white, and yellow
Mature Height x Spread
Attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant
This climbing tropical vine is native to South America and a perennial in warmer climates. Mandevilla is mostly grown in New England as an annual and/or houseplant. The plants dies back with the first frost. In warmer climates the vine can reach up to 20 feet tall, but in our colder climate, it more likely grows 5 feet tall. When it does bloom in late summer the large, trumpet-shaped, tropical flowers are outstanding with its bright pink, red and yellow colors. Mandevilla vines grown in a container can be cut back and brought indoors as a houseplant, Grow mandevilla in a sunny window all winter indoors. Even though it won’t flower indoors in winter, it can survive to be moved back outdoors next summer.
Where, When and How to Plant
Purchase mandevilla vines as potted plants from a local garden center. Wait until warm weather is well established, even into early June, before planting it outdoors. The topical plant doesn’t grow well in cool conditions. Grow mandevilla in a full to part sun location, protected from cold breezes. Grow mandevilla vine also in hanging baskets or a container on the ground. Plant one plant per 12 to 14 inch container to work best.
Keep plants well watered and fertilized to stimulate vining growth and flowering. Mandevilla will grow fast during hot weather so don’t let the pots dry out. Fertilize every few weeks with an organic plant food.
Regional Advice and Care
Since mandevilla flowers best in the heat, grow mandevilla plants in containers in a microclimate near a south-facing wall or building. It will be easier to protect them from an early frost in fall by laying a sheet or row cover across them when temperatures dip. Keep them well fertilized to stimulate lots of growth during our short summers. Train plants, using wire or string, to climb up pillars or trellises. Cut back the vines in fall and bring plants indoors before a killing frost to overwinter in a sunny window. Keep plants barely moist indoors and watch for insects, such as white flies, scale and aphids on the leaves. Spray with Neem oil to protect your plants from these pests. Your plant won’t grow much in winter. Move plants outside in late spring.
Companion Planting and Design
Grow mandevilla vines trellised up a lamppost, arbor, fence or trellis. Place this showy flower where they’re protected from cold winds and weather, but still are very visible. Consider planting colorful, warm weather loving flowers, such as lantana, tropical hibiscus and coleus, near this vine.
‘Alice du Pont’ is a pink flowered, popular variety. The ‘Parfait Series’ offers pink and white varieties with double flowers. ‘Red Riding Hood’ has deep pink flowers.
The Mandevilla plant is a beautiful plant you can grow on your patio. It is known for its gorgeous flowers. A Mandevilla plant can add a tropical touch to your home. It is a great plant for patios and balconies but you may also grow it in other conditions.
Mandevilla is best known for its gorgeous, bright flowers. The flowers are typically pink but there are also some other color variations. These flowers are trumped-shaped and can grow about 4 inches across.
Many people choose Mandevillas precisely because of their gorgeous flowers. If you wish to have a beautiful vine with lush flowers you need to take a good care of your plant. Luckily, Mandevillas are not needy but you need to give them some attention.
Most Mandevilla vines are sold with flowers. It means that it’s ready to make your balcony or patio more beautiful than ever, but you need to know how to care for it. The first thing you may want to do is to transplant it into the ground into a large enough container. Make sure that your Mandevilla vine has plenty of space.
The best medium for your Mandevilla plant is a sandy, well-draining soil. Make sure that there is a lot of organic material mixed in the soil. A good choice for medium is two parts potting soil or peat moss mixed with one part sand (it can be a regular builder’s sand).
Mandevillas need specific temperatures to thrive. While they may seem like annual plants, they are actually frost-tender perennials. When temperatures go below 50 degrees F (that’s 10 degrees C), you need to take your Mandevilla vine inside to protect it from cold. These vines are not winter hardy for most of the United States. They need minimal temperatures around 50 degrees F (or 45 at the minimum). It means that most of the United States need to grow Mandevillas as houseplants. You can’t keep them on our balcony when it gets too cold. This is something to keep in mind.
When it comes to lighting conditions, make sure to provide some shade to your Mandevilla. These vines need bright, indirect light or filtered sunlight. At the same time, your Mandevilla can be burned in full sunlight, so make sure it’s never subjected to direct sunlight. You need to provide some shade to your vine to make it thrive.
You need to fertilize your Mandevilla vine regularly. This is the only way to get the most beautiful and lush flowers during summer. Provide your Mandevilla with water-soluble fertilizer that is high in phosphorus. This will make it bloom with amazing flowers.
It is a good practice to prune your Mandevilla plant by pinching. This will give you a fuller, bushier plant. To prune your Mandevilla, simply pinch off ¼ to ½ inch of the end of the each stem using your fingers.
For the best care of your Mandevilla, make sure to provide it some sort of support. Remember, Mandevillas are vines and they need support so they can grow and thrive. You can use a trellis or another type of support to make your Mandevilla vine grow high.
You should inspect your Mandevilla plant for pests carefully, especially if you want to bring it indoors. If there are pests, make sure to treat your plant before you take it inside your home.