We have ours in two big pots. One has tendrils on it and the other does not.
Do All Mandevillas Have Runners on Them
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All healthy mandevillas develop new shoots and tendrils. Does the plant in question look healthy? A plant with compromised health may not grow as well.
Your one plant is in active stage of growth, the other one is probably just being a late bloomer. The best thing I can prescribe is patience and ensuring that your mandevillas receive the care outlined in the following article: