5 practical tips for Mandevilla laxa

How and how much to water the Mandevilla laxa

Mandevilla laxa is a plant that does not have particular needs from the point of view of irrigation: it can in fact survive high temperatures and short periods of drought. Watering can therefore be occasional and abundant in order to guarantee a soil that is always moist for the plant without having to remember it frequently. Being a specimen that loves dry heat, attention must be paid to water stagnation, particularly dangerous for the roots; to avoid puddles of water it is advisable to keep the soil sufficiently compact and wait until it is completely dry before proceeding with a new irrigation. During the cold autumn and winter months, Mandevilla laxa should be watered sporadically, once or twice a month.

How to grow Mandevilla laxa

Mandevilla laxa is a plant that can be easily propagated by cuttings: the most suitable time to cut the branches, at least 10 centimeters long, is that of the spring or summer season. The cut branches tend to root very quickly and the new root system is completely formed within a month; since the roots have developed, the mandevilla laxa only needs to be potted to begin to develop the foliage. The ideal soil for potting the mandevilla laxait is soft, fluffy and must be enriched with microelements and organic molecules; together with the soil it is advisable to mix sand and a small amount of humus, which together favor efficient water drainage. Even the expanded clay, placed adequately on the bottom of the vase, turns out to be a good material to counteract water stagnation.

How and when to fertilize the Mandevilla laxa

Mandevilla laxa blooms during spring and summer, climbing up support structures, or sheds a copious cascade of stems when grown in hanging pots. Throughout the flowering period it is possible to provide this plant with fertilizer, prolonging the life of the flowers and intensifying their color. Although it is a plant that almost never needs to be fertilized, it is advisable to add fertilizer to the soil when it is repotted or at the beginning of the vegetative restart. During autumn and winter, however, the Mandevilla laxa must rest and must not be fertilized. The ideal product is liquid or in the form of humus, but a compost can also be made using fruit and vegetable waste, particularly rich in vitamins and mineral salts.

5 practical tips for Mandevilla laxa: Mandevilla laxa exposure, diseases and remedies

The Mandevilla laxa loves to live in direct contact with the sun’s rays: the more it is irradiated, the faster its growth. The parasites that attack this plant are the common aphids, mites and scale insects. The main symptoms of an attack by these parasites are manifested by evident wounds on the leaves and stems and yellowing and fall of the foliage; all these attacks can be prevented with specific products and in case of infestation the annoying guests can be eradicated using specific acaricides or pesticides. Aphids can also be removed manually or fought through the use of water and neutral soap, a mixture to be sprayed directly on the affected areas and non-toxic for the plant.It is not recommended to use chemicals during the summer.

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