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QUESTION: Hi,
My brother bought this plant for me and the name of it was not in the container. Do you know what this is?

ANSWER: Greetings Jackie,

Congratulations on your lovely plant. It is a Mandevilla, which is a tropical plant that blooms from spring to fall. It is actually a vine, so you might want to put it against a trellis.

Care is easy. Put it in full sun with well drained moist soil. Allow the top couple of inches to dry out between waterings. If you want the best of blooms, give it a mild fertilization every two weeks. Pruning is easy, just pinch the growth back with your fingers. If you would like a bushier plant, cut it back and will respond well.

You did not tell me where you live. This is a tropical plant, so if you live in a cold climate it is easiest to maintain by leaving it in the container and bringing the container indoors before temperatures drop. Put it in a south facing window, and it will do very well all winter long until you can move it back outdoors.

I am caring for a garden now, in Illinois, that has this beautiful plant in a container on the patio. It's a piece of cake to care for, and I am thinking of acquiring one myself.

So again, congratulations on receiving such a lovely gift.

And if you need any more information, please do not hesitate to write again.

Best wishes,

Donna

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QUESTION: OMG Donna thank you so much for your QUICK, AWESOME Response!!!
I absolutely love this and you are right it is a vine I actually have a bird house above this and the vine is wrapping around it. I live in RHODE ISLAND.....very cold winters :( I really want to take this inside and was wondering if it will last indoors??

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Hi Jackie,

Do you have a room that faces south?

I have overwintered, in a southfacing room, hibiscus, musa tropical banana), flowering maple. Hey, I overwintered a small abelia that was zone 6!

You need that southern sun, and then you need to water sparingly, using no fertilizer.

I have a picture, taken in February, that actually shows two brugmansia plants coming up in a pot. As well as ruella. In a southfacing situation (the brightest light you can find in the north) -  yes! You can do this!

Donna

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I am a Master Gardener through the University of Illinois Extension.I can answer questions about pest control, especially voles, rabbits, chipmunks and slugs, and have done so on Dave's Garden Watchdog under the name DonnaMack since 2002. I have a lot of expertise with ornamental grass, hardy roses and old garden roses, minor bulbs such as ornigothalem, chionodoxa and allium as well as most types of lilies. I am knowledgeable about organic methods and I grow perennials, annuals and vegetables from seed.

Experience

I have been gardening since 1998 and have raised roses, peonies, annuals and perennials (the latter two from seed), and numerous shrubs and trees, many of which I have planted. I am familiar with many organic techniques and use as many as I can but know the chemical solutions, which are most benign and how to use them. I LOVE gardening, and I get great satisfaction with helping others so that they reach the state of joy that gardening can bring to those inclined to it.

Organizations
The American Lily Society

Publications
I have numerous entries in Garden Watchdog under the name DonnaMack. I write three to four columns a year for the Kane County Chronicle.

Education/Credentials
I successfully completed the University of Illinois Master Gardening Program in March of 2013. I did this to augment extensive self study through books (I've probably read 100) and an arts degree, which helps with aesthetics. I am purely an amateur, but one who studies, reads, and documents extensively. My gardening log began in 2000, and has hundreds of entries, so that I can use my successes and failures to assist other gardeners.

Awards and Honors
The University of Illinois created a Team with Work Award for master gardeners who work together to create what they regard as an outstanding project. I won this award as part of a group that created "The Idea Garden", which suggests plants for home growers to attempt to grow. My personal contribution was salvias - ornamental and culinary hardy and tender perennials, which I grew from seed and tended through the season.

Past/Present Clients
I am currently overseeing and performing the maintenance of two large English style gardens in a suburb of Chicago, and recently acquired the management and redesign of a large estate garden(2015.)

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