Mandevilla vine, also known as Mandevilla splendens, is a stunning tropical plant that has become increasingly popular among gardeners worldwide. It is native to South America, primarily Brazil, and belongs to the Apocynaceae family, which includes plants like Oleander and Frangipani.

Mandevilla splendens - Pink Flowering

The Mandevilla vine, not to be confused with Dipladenia (which is a small clumping plant) is a vigorous climber that can grow up to 6 metres long in ideal conditions. It has glossy, dark green leaves that are arranged alternately on the stem and produce striking, trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. These flowers can grow up to 10cm across and are often used to add color and beauty to patios, balconies, trellises, and pergolas.  One of the reasons why Mandevilla vine is so popular is that it is relatively easy to care for. It thrives in well-drained, fertile soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.0 and requires regular watering, especially during the hot summer months. Mandevilla Vine does best in a pot as it loves to have restricted roots. It prefers a full sun position but can also tolerate some shade. During the growing season, it is recommended to fertilise the plant with a slow release fertiliser to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.

In colder regions, Mandevilla vine is often grown as an annual or a container plant, but in warmer climates, it can be planted directly in the ground and left to grow as a perennial. However, it is sensitive to frost, and its leaves and stems may become damaged if exposed to freezing temperatures for an extended period.

One of the best ways to propagate Mandevilla vine is through stem cuttings. It is best to take cuttings in late winter or early spring when the plant is dormant. Cut a stem section that is 15-20cm long and has at least two nodes. Remove the lower leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder. Plant the cutting in a pot filled with a well-draining soil mix and keep it moist and warm. In a few weeks, new roots should start to grow, and the cutting can be transplanted to a larger pot or directly into the ground.