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Author Topic: Wintering Mandevillas Indoors  (Read 40 times)
Patty S
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« on: November 19, 2008, 12:53:04 AM »

When I brought my Mandevilla indoors, did that turn it into a houseplant?  Maybe I'm putting this post in the wrong section!

I dug out a climbing rose last year & replaced it with a Mandevilla.  (The climbing rose was a pain in the neck, cuz it had really mean thorns, which made it hard to deadhead & prune, & the flowers weren't the type that did well in arrangements.)  The Mandevilla was lovely, & kept blooming long after summer was gone.
                   
I'm fairly new at flower gardening, so I'm not real sure what the procedure is for wintering over plants like this. The tag says that Mandevillas are hardy to the upper 20's & it got down to 27 last winter for a few days, but my Mandy didn't make it through the winter.   One of the mistakes I might have made is that I didn't cut it back.  I had the whole trellis covered with a blanket (& even had a light in there, thinking that it would keep it warm).  At any rate, I know now that it doesn't work that way.

I bought two of them this year & when the weather started turning cool, about a month ago, I decided to bring them inside for the winter.  I unwound one of them from the trellis & cut the other one back to about 6" tall.  The uncut one, I supported with the help of a hanging planter in our dining room & the buds that were on it opened up... it was really cool to have such awesome flowers growing inside the house!
                   
           (Can't resist when I have the opportunity to work a kid pic into a story!)

I was hoping that it would keep flowering, but it hasn't made any new buds.  It doesn't seem to be dying back, but there hasn't been any new growth on it....
                   

...while the one that I cut back has sent up a nice vine already & seems pretty happy.
              

What do you suppose I should do here... cut the long one back so it can rest (or start its new growth like the other one did), or should I just leave it alone to see what it'll do?

(Peggy, I think I kinda kinda remember giving that rose to you.  Did you kill it, like you did the pink one that you got from me?)
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008, 06:14:14 PM »

No, that rose is in my back yard! hahahaha!!!!
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