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Sun Parasol® Giant Crimson Mandevilla (pack of 3)

Sun Parasol® Giant Crimson Mandevilla (pack of 3)

Mandevilla Sun Parasol® Giant Crimson

The biggest Mandevilla blooms we've ever seen appear on the Giant varieties of Sun Parasol®, the exciting new series of ultra-vigorous, heavy-blooming sun-lovers. This quick-growing twining vine opens brilliant red flowers 4 to 6 inches across -- and it does this from early summer all the way until first frost!

The Sun Parasols® were originally bred for color-fastness and better branching, and Giant Crimson certainly keeps its bright hues no matter how sunny and hot the weather gets. Ideal for full sun and long summers, this South American native puts up with humidity, resists pests and diseases, and generally looks terrific over many months. Even if your growing season is short, these get-up-and-grow plants arrive at your doorstep ready to climb and bloom as long as the temperature remains above freezing!

Grown as an annual in large containers everywhere north of zone 9, Giant Crimson reaches 6 to 8 feet tall within a single season (somewhat smaller if your planter or tub has restricted root room) and branches 1 to 2 feet wide. Give it a trellis or other vertical support and watch it take off! The large, deep green foliage is scored with veins and very glossy, keeping the plant handsome even when out of bloom.

This Mandevilla is very easy to grow, asking only for adequate water to keep up its flower show. It does not like to dry out, and appreciates the occasional feeding to stimulate even more bud production. But it can put up with a lot of neglect, too -- the perfect porch, patio, or deck plant for busy gardeners who don't always tend to their plants as often as they'd like! Each pot contains 1 plant. Contains three 4-inch pots.

  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.
  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.
  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.
  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.
  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.
  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.
  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.
  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.
  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.
  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.

Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.