Propagate Mandevilla Cuttings

Propagating Mandevilla Cutting Successfully

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Pink Mandevilla Flowers

Mandevillas are beautiful plants that make a bold statement by their amazing flower bloom which is so stunning, I love the way Mandevilla grows which makes them a stopper and worth mentioning.

In our last article, we discussed how to successfully propagate the Mandevilla plant from seeds, if you haven’t read it yet here is the link. Growing Mandevilla from seeds, in this post, however, we will be taking a look at successfully propagating Mandevilla from cuttings. The Mandevilla plant as we know is a tropical to subtropical beauty that produces an abundance of flowers that grows on a vine.

Container-grown Mandevilla can be grown with the help of a trellis or installed near a fence or lattice and be trained to attach itself as it climbs, runs, and spread. Can you imagine your fence or lattice covered with beautiful flower blooms, talk about getting a taste of the tropics. This can be your experience by following this guide on how to successfully propagate Mandevilla from cuttings, if this sounds like you then continue reading as we once again enter the world of the Mandevilla plant.

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6 Steps to Propagate Mandevilla from Cuttings

1. Look for healthy cuttings

The first step in successfully propagating Mandevilla cuttings is choosing healthy plant parts, insect-infested, water-stressed, or diseased cuttings will have a hard time establishing or rooting.

2. Making the cut

A hand pruner or sharp knife can be used to make the cut, cut as many stems as you need to propagate your Mandevilla, each stem should be cut from 2 to 3 inches long. Each cutting should have 2 or 3 leaves at the top, removal of all the lower leaves from the lower part of the stem during this time is important. The lower leaves can be removed by pinching, when making the cut the cut should be made just below a node. A node is a small bump on the stem, from this bump new buds or leaves will emerge.

3. The pot/pots and the potting mix

Count out the number of pots you will need for your cuttings, the pots can be either 3 or 6 inches, and each pot should be filled with a well-drained potting mix. Another option is the 50-50 method which is a combination of sand and peat moss or perlite and sand. Once the mixture is added to the pots water each pot thoroughly until the water drains out of the drain holes.

Wet the end of each stem with water and dip the part that was wet in the root tone powder, if the root tone is liquid or gel there is no need to dip the end of the stem in water. Gently press the end that was dipped into the root tone in the soil, do not plant the stem too deeply, the leaves should be above the soil surface. Once the stem has been installed gently press the soil around the stem, follow this method for all of your cuttings.

4. Using plastic

Cover each pot with a plastic dome or a clear plastic bag, if you prefer to use plastic bags then insert two straws a piece in each pot, these straws will help to support the plastic above the leaves. Each plastic bag can be secured with a rubber band, each pot should be placed in an area that gets indirect bright light with warm temperatures.

5. Air circulation/Moisture

To prevent moisture buildup and to encourage proper air circulation, the plastic bag should be opened up once a week for a few minutes, check the soil by feeling it with your finger or inserting your finger about an inch or two into the soil. If the soil feels dry to the touch then mist the inside of the bag with water.

6. Planting your Mandevilla cuttings

You should see new growth that is healthy in about a month or thereabout, to encourage your cuttings to become fuller or busier and pinch their tips.

The final word on propagating Mandevilla cuttings

There you have it, it’s that simple, and guess what you saved a few bucks by not having to purchase these plants from your nursery or garden center. Continue this process and you will have an abundance of Mandevillas. The time investment is worth it, you will be so happy with the results as you grow an endless supply of these garden beauties that you can plant in your garden and even share a few with your family and friends so they can get a taste of the tropics as well. As you work towards increasing the amount of Mandevilla for your garden they will go to work for you by producing an abundance of flower bloom that is just simply amazing.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

8 thoughts on “Propagate Mandevilla Cuttings”

  1. With my wife we love everything that grows and although we don’t consider ourselves any kind of experts we do our best to keep a lovely small garden. So learning new things and new techniques is really essential. As you said, why not make some economy by growing them ourselves instead of buying them ready from the garden center? I have read some of your guides and they are really great and easy to read and understand. Thanks for making our hobby so much more pleasant!

    • It is so good to hear that both you and your wife are spending time outdoors connecting with nature by growing and maintaining a garden. Growing plants in your garden can save a ton of money in the long run, believe me, it does add up. Thank you so much for your support and your kind words, all the best to you, and have a good day!

  2. Such a pretty flower and I had no idea that you could grow Mandevilla from cuttings. I have a friend who has some in her garden, so I am going to ask her for some cuttings to try. I also see that there is something called root tone powder, which I will also source, as I am sure this will be a useful addition to my garden shed.

    What is the best time of the year to plant these flowers? We live in a relatively tropical area, but not as hot as the places in the US that these plants originate from?

    • The Mandevilla plant is a tropical beauty that can add much flavor to your garden with its many flower bloom, the best time of the year in my opinion is to plant Mandevilla outdoors is during the spring when the weather starts to warm up. Root tone is a growth home hormone or stimulator that will help in the formation and growth of plant roots. Hope this helps and all the best of success. Have a good day.

  3. What a wonderful piece of information. Mandevillas are one of my favorite plants and I have them in white. The only thing is when I prune the plant, I don’t seem to get the amount of flowers as I used to. Am I doing something wrong? My plants are in a a pot with a trellis and they just look great! I must say that they are easy to maintain and grow and I will definitely try to propagate the plants that I have. Thank you so much for this information.

    • Hello and thanks so much for your kind words, it is so good to hear that you are growing these garden beauties from home. There are during the bloom period. Limit the amount of pruning you are doing because you may unknowingly be removing the flower buds. Hope this helps and please let me know how it goes. Have a good day.

  4. I really love the idea of having our fence covered with flowering plants and Mandevilla sounds easy to propagate from cuttings. Thanks for the instructions. My husband has a green thumb so I think it should be easy for us and I’m sure our neighbours will envy us once the flowers bloom. Thanks again.

    • Mandevillas are a great plant to have as a part of your garden design. These plants are amazing and will bring that tropical feel. I am so happy to help and wishing you all the best  of success with your garden project. Please let me know how it goes and have a good day.


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