Another ID from the Jersey shore, please

anita55(zone 6 NY)August 29, 2007

Does anyone know what the pink flowered plant is? thanks!

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jesskidden(7)

Mandevilla, ain't it?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 8:02PM
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agardenstateof_mind

Sure looks like a mandevilla to me. Lovely.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 10:32PM
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hunt4carl

Indeed, it is mandevilla. . .but,Anita, you might not
realize it's a tropical plant, that cannot winter over in
your zone 6 outdoors. However, you CAN winter them over
indoors - I have two of them, each in it's own large pot,
and just about first frost, I cut them back completely, and
tuck them into a dark, cool corner of the basement. After
all danger of frost has passed in May, back outside they go, always getting plenty of water and steady diluted
fertilizer. . .this has worked for eleven years now, the
first three on a rooftop in Manhattan, the last eight out
here in Monmouth County. They do take quite a while to
ramp up to blooming, the first flowers not appearing until
late July. . .but I'm told there are tricks to speeding
them up!

Carl

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 5:03PM
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vickster257(Z7aNJ)

Carl,

You mentioned that you bring your Mandevillas into the basement to overwinter the plants; can I also do the same by overwintering one in my garage? It must drop down in temperature to the 40's, what do you think as I do not have a basement. Vicki

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 9:16PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

40 degrees is ideal from what I read from another who overwinters it. The one time I tried it, flowers didn't come until fall but since Carl did so well, I might try it again. It is always nice to have something new blooming in August.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 9:05AM
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