Mandevilla flowers are a true show-stopper. The beautiful shape and eye-pleasing color of the flowers complement the foliage of the plant. To ensure that your Mandevilla bloom to full potential, make sure you plant them in an area of the garden that receives plenty of indirect sunlight throughout the day.
While it’s more than possible to grow Mandevilla in the full sunshine, they seem to do better when they have a bit of shade to cool off under on a hot day. Gardeners should note that if they don’t give the Mandevilla the sun it needs, then they can expect the plant to flower poorly during the growing season.
Planting your Mandevilla in an area of the garden that receives morning sun, but has some shelter during the peak midday sun hours, helps to enhance growth and flowering in your Mandevilla. Gardeners must also ensure they tie down the Mandevilla to prevent strong winds from shifting and damaging the plant.
The nutrients in the soil should last your Mandevilla a few months, but after it runs out, the gardener will need to add some more fertilizer to keep the plant growing.
Gardeners must ensure that they don’t add any additional fertilizer to the plant for at least 3 to 4-months after planting. The addition of fertilizer on top of the nutrients already in the soil results in burning the root system.
After the Mandevilla reaches 6 to 12-months old, the gardener can fertilize cautiously, using a slow-release fertilizer product diluted with plenty of water. Alternately, providing the plant with a top dressing of organic compost may give the plant the nutrition it needs to grow and flower.