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Rocktrumpet

Mandevilla spp.

Bold and showy, mandevilla definitely makes a dramatic statement, this tropical vine bears a nonstop supply of large, trumpet-shaped blooms. It's also lovely in landscape beds and borders and is frequently used to climb up and over arbors, trellises, and mailbox posts. Gardeners in cold-winter climates can treat it as an annual or move it indoors and treat it as a houseplant until the spring, when all danger of frost has passed and it can go back outside. In frost-free regions, grow mandevilla as an evergreen perennial that flowers much of the year.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings
Root soft wood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cutting in summer both with bottom heat and rooting hormone.
Seed
Can be grown from seed in spring once temperatures have risen to more than 18 C.

Special features

Attracts birds
Flowers attract humming birds
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.
Hedge plant
Provide a hedge.

Geography

Origin
Southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, South America, Brazil.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
White, pink, yellow, red
Scent
Strong

Problems

When grown outdoors generally problem free, indoors look out for red spider mite, whiteflies and mealy bugs.

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