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I have a Mandevilla plant that produced a large amount of flowers all spring/summer and all of a sudden the flowers are dropping soon after they have bloomed...is this normal for this plant this time of the year.  I live in the Rocky Mtns and I hoping I'll be able to winter it indoors....

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Paula,

Flower dropping can be caused by the plant being too wet or too dry. If the soil is soggy most of the time you need to drain it better and leave the drain tray out from under it. If it is constantly dry you can move it to a larger pot and water it more often.

Here are 2 websites with info on overwintering mandevilla vines.
http://www.pallensmith.com/index.php?id=1646&questionid=830

http://jeffcogardener.blogspot.com/2011/09/wintering-over-mandevilla-vines-by.ht

If you have more questions write again. Good luck!

Darlene

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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