Saving Container of Mandevilla Over Winter
I received a Mandevilla vine for Mother's Day. It is growing outside in a large container on a chainlink fence. I know it is not hardy in my area and would like to save it for the winter. But I don't have room for this big container. Is this possible?
Mandevillas are difficult to propagate. Take 4 to 6 inch long cuttings in summer. In the future try taking softwood cuttings in spring to increase your chance of success. Let the cuttings dry for an hour. Stick them in water over night. Next dip them in a rooting hormone and place in moist vermiculite, perlite or peat moss mixed with perlite or vermiculite. Loosely cover the pot with a plastic bag and keep it in a warm location out of direct sun. Plant rooted cuttings in a well-drained potting mix. Grow these small plants as houseplants throughout the winter. Artificial lights will increase your chance of success. Those with smaller containers can move their plants indoors for the winter. Grow the plant in a sunny window or under artificial lights. Keep the soil moist but not wet. The plants usually lose all their leaves while adjusting to their new home indoors. They will soon sprout new leaves and the plants will struggle through the winter indoors.
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