How to Plant a Mandevilla


Mandevilla is a flowering woody vine, popular in residential landscapes in warmer regions of the U.S. Plant the mandevilla, a hardy climber, no further than 12 inches away from a fence, pergola or lattice, and it will quickly cover the structure in hot pink flowers and deep green foliage. Mandevilla grows in full sun but requires afternoon shade in the hotter regions of its USDA hardiness zones (9 to 11).

Step 1

Raise the level of the planting bed by adding 4 inches of compost and 3 inches of planting mix to the soil. Use the gardening fork to mix these materials into the existing soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is the same depth but twice the width of the pot in which the mandevilla is growing.

Step 3

Remove the mandevilla from the nursery pot and place the roots in the planting hole. Use your fingers to gently work soil in and around the roots. Backfill the hole with soil and press lightly around the base of the vine to remove air pockets in the soil.

Step 4

Water the mandevilla until the water puddles. When the water drains, spread a 3-inch layer of mulch, 2 inches away from the base of the plant, in a 1-foot radius around it.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Planting mix
  • Gardening fork
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Mulch


  • Floridata: Mandevilla
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
  • Heirloom Garden Experts: Mandevilla Care
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