How to water the mandevilla
The mandevilla has characteristic long fleshy roots. Thanks to the latter, the plant is able to withstand even a rather prolonged period of drought. In order to keep the plant healthy and ensure its luxuriant growth, it is advisable to proceed with a regular frequency. Before proceeding with wetting, check that the soil is not yet wet from the previous time. If the mandevilla It is grown in the open ground, it is good to distance the various bathings a lot. It is advisable to proceed with the irrigation of the plant only in the prolonged absence of rain. The ideal water to irrigate the mandevilla it should be slightly mineralized and should not contain iron. It is advisable to collect rainwater or let the tap water rest for a few days before wetting the plant.
How to treat the mandevilla
The mandevilla can withstand a minimum temperature of 10 ° C. Below this temperature its leaves begin to suffer damage. If grown outside, therefore, it is good to be sheltered during the colder seasons. In order to guarantee the plant a luxuriant flowering, it is good to expose the mandevilla in a very sunny space where the sun can hit it for at least 6 hours a day . Furthermore, it is good to place the plant in an area sheltered from the winds. It is important to provide the mandevilla with a high environmental humidity that can be supplied using expanded clay to be placed in the saucers or trying to frequently wet the underlying floor. The repotting should be done after the vegetative rest and the planting generally takes place at April, when temperatures are warmer.
How to fertilize the mandevilla
The fertilization of the mandevilla occurs during the vegetative period. As far as this process is concerned, it is recommended to use a fertilizer for flowering plants that is rich in potassium. This substance helps a lot during the flowering process. For the application of the fertilizer it is possible to proceed diluting it in the irrigation water and supply the plant with small quantities at a time in such a way as to be able to fertilize it constantly. The ideal soil must be light, well drained and rich in nutrients. For the mandevilla it is widely recommended the soil for flowering plants. Furthermore, by providing a layer of expanded clay on the bottom, the correct absorption of the water is guaranteed and the formation of stagnation is prevented. This layer of expanded clay is recommended for both plants grown in the garden and for those in pots.
The mandevilla is a plant that shows a good resistance to the attacks of insects and parasites. Sometimes, however, it can be infected with mites, aphids and cochineal. Very often, the mandevilla is attacked by mites when the environment is too hot and dry. To overcome this problem, it is good to move the plant by placing it in a cooler and more shaded place. It is also advisable in this case to raise the mandevilla a few centimeters in such a way that it is not affected by the heat of the flooring. On the contrary, when the environment is too humid, the plant can be attacked by the cochineal. If the parasites are not too numerous, it is possible to remove them with alcohol-soaked cotton. If the mandevilla is infested more violently, it is possible to proceed with pesticides.