What Is A Mandevilla?
A mandevilla is a type of succulent plant that grows from the ground like a small tree or shrub. They are usually green but sometimes they have other colors such as red, orange, purple, pink or even white. Their flowers are tiny and pale blue in color. The petals turn yellow at maturity and fall off after flowering. These plants grow up to 6 feet tall and wide.
The name “mandava” comes from the Malagasy word “mabavanga”, which means “tree of life”.
How Can You Restore A Dying Mandevilla?
You may want to consider restoring your old mandevillas because they are not going to die out anytime soon. If you don’t have any, then it’s time to start looking for some. There are many varieties available and each one has its own unique characteristics.
Mandevilla Plants Are Easy To Grow And Care For!
They’re easy to grow and require little attention. They thrive in warm climates so you’ll need a sunny location where the soil temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C). Water them regularly when they are dry. You can keep them watered until their roots become covered with water droplets.
Then, drain the excess water and place the plant back into its pot. Fertilize them once a month with a water-soluble fertilizer.
Trim off any dead or diseased canes and pinch back the tips of new growth to encourage branching and bushiness.
These plants prefer a well-draining soil mix so they’re not prone to root rot. If your mix retains a lot of water, then you should add some coarse material like pebbles or perlite to the potting soil.
You can trim off the flower after it has bloomed to promote more blooms and bushy growth.
How To Identify And Treat The Most Common Problems
These plants are susceptible to a few insects and diseases. Most of them can be easily identified by the symptoms they cause. If you think you have an infestation or disease problem, then you should contact your local garden center or nursery for professional diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Most problems occur because the plant isn’t getting the care that it needs.
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