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Mandevilla

Give your garden tropical punch with bright Sun Parasol blooms.

Plant Profile

Name: Mandevilla Sun Parasol

 

Color: Crimson, dark red, pink, and white

 

Hardiness: Zones 9–11. Top growth typically killed by frosts in Zone 8, but plants come back from roots in spring.

 

Plant type: Tender perennial or annual

 

Size: 10–15 feet tall, 2–3 feet wide

 

Exposure: Full sun

Plant Details

These beauties outfit a yard with sizzling summer color.

 

Flowers: Trumpet-shape blooms unfurl 2–3 inches wide. Sun Parasol Giants open 3–5 inches across.

 

Use: For vertical color, tuck this natural climber into a 3- to 4-foot trellis in a 12-inch planter. Pair mandevilla with a trailing vine in a large 15-inch hanging basket. Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

 

Needs: Plants flower best in full sun. In hottest zones, midday shade is a bonus. Vines grow most vigorously in the heat of summer; growth slows as temperatures drop.

 

Planting: Use one plant per 10–12-inch flowerpot. In planting beds, space plants 18–24 inches apart.

 

Soil: Mandevilla prefers well-drained soil. In containers, choose a soilless mix containing slow-release fertilizer and water-retention polymers.

 

Watering: Keep soil consistently moist for steady flowering. If soil dries out for a short time, plant growth will revive, but flowerbuds may drop.

 

Fertilizing: You can fuel mandevilla’s vigorous growth and flowering with frequent feedings, every 14–21 days. Use a bloom booster fertilizer to increase flower numbers.

 

Overwintering: In cold climates at least four weeks before frost, give plants a high-phosphorous fertilizer. Three weeks later, trim plants to 12 inches above soil. Bring plants indoors before temperatures tumble into the mid-40s. Place plants by a bright window through winter, watering enough to keep leaves from shriveling. Move plants outside in spring, trimming lanky winter growth.

More Tropical Selections

Consider these other tropical plants for a spectacular summer show.

 

Majesty palmMajesty palm (Ravenea rivularis)
Hardy in Zones 9–11, where palms can reach 40 feet tall and 6–8 feet wide.
 


HibiscusChinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
Landscape plants grow to 6–8 feet tall. Hardy in Zones 9–10.
 


CannaCanna (Canna x generalis ‘Tropicanna’)
Hardy in Zones 7–11. Full sun and ample water yield best growth (4–6 feet tall, 9–12 inches wide).


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  • Publish Date: 07/01/2009