How to Care for a Mandevilla Vine


There are more than 75 species of flowering vines in the Mandevilla genus, all native to Central and South America. Hardy to USDA zones 9 to 11, it is grown in colder regions in containers and brought indoors prior to the first frost. Mandevilla vines thrive in sunny gardens along the coast and those with a bit of afternoon shade in the hotter, inland areas.

Step 1

Water the Mandevilla often enough so that the top 3 inches of soil is wet. Check the soil periodically during hot and dry weather to see if you need to water more frequently.

Step 2

Spread a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch on the soil surrounding the Mandevilla. Mulch helps the soil to remain moist and discourages the growth of weeds. Remove old mulch and provide a fresh layer of mulch each spring.

Step 3

Fertilize the Mandevilla vine every two weeks in the spring and summer with a 10-20-10 fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer at the rate suggested on the label. Water after fertilizing.

Step 4

Prune the tips of the Mandevilla vines while they are young to encourage more growth. This is easily done by pinching them off with your fingers.

Step 5

Inspect the Mandevilla vine for pests. Common invaders include mealy bugs, which will cause yellowing of the leaves. Insecticidal soap will control this pest.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Insecticidal soap


  • University of Florida: Mandevilla Production Guide
  • Purdue University Extension: In the Grow
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
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