Propagating Mandevilla Cutting Successfully
In our last article, we discussed how to successfully propagate the Mandevilla plant from seeds, if you haven’t read it as 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 of 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.
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 stress, 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 0r 6 inches, 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 temperature.
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 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 you cuttings to become fuller or busier 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 sharing 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.