No matter where you live, you can grow the lovely tropical mandevilla. With its glossy green leaves and large, velvety blooms, it is at home in almost any garden setting. There are hardy typyes that will be fine outdoors in our area (but may need frost protection).

The plant was named after Henry Mandeville, a British diplomat who was also an avid gardener. While there are several species of Mandevilla, the two most often found in garden centers are mandevilla hybrids and Mandevilla splendens. Mandevilla hybrids tend to be more vining; be sure to provide a trellis or other support for this type. Mandevilla splendens (formerly called Dipladenia splendens or Mandevilla sanderi) tends to be bushier - although it, too, can eventually reach a height of 15'-20' with support. To encourage bushier growth (the vining type, especially, can tend to be a little rangy), pinch back the new growth.

Mandevillas are available in red, white and many shades of pink. Most varieties have golden-yellow throats.

Depending on the climate, the mandevilla can be grown in full sun to part shade. In areas with intense summer heat, partial shade is best. Mandevillas can be prone to mealybugs, scale, red spider mites and whiteflies, so be sure to inspect your plants often in order to derail these pests before they can cause major damage. If you notice these pests or their damage on your plant, visit us so we can advise you about the best way to treat them.

Mandevillas prefer a rich soil, so be sure to amend your soil with GBO Planting Mix when planting in the ground. When growing the Mandevilla in a container, use a quality potting soil. During the growing season, be sure to fertilize regularly with Gro-Power Flower 'n' Bloom to encourage lush new growth and bountiful flowers.

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