BOUGAINVILLEA GROWING GUIDE
The most frequently asked question about Bougainvillea is:
How can I make my Bougainvillea bloom like it did when I bought it?
In our climate zone (lower zone 8), Bougainvillea bloom best if grown in pots and located where the roots cannot grow out the pots into the ground. If the vigorous roots are kept restricted the plant should bloom well even though it is still small. Bougainvillea can be kept indefinitely in 10" to 16" pots.
Bougainvilleas prefer heat and plenty of sun. Grow in mostly sunny location. At least six hours per day of direct sunlight is necessary for good blooming. Protect from high winds. Freezing temperatures in the winter will damage or kill plants.
Bougainvillea plants are notorious for dropping faded flower bracts and even some old leaves. This is normal so place your plant in a spot where the inevitable debris will not get into pools or make a mess where you don't want it.
Watering: (Very Important!)
Notes on winter storage:
As I mentioned above you may prune your bougainvillea severely when you put it away for the winter to save space. Don't be surprised to see your plants grow and bloom after a while if you don't have your greenhouse heavily shaded. You may need to water it occasionally. Just as in the summer, when it dries out, water it well. Don't bother to fertilize it during the winter - wait until the weather warms a bit. Start fertilizing again in March or early April.
If you don't have a greenhouse you can store your plant anywhere where the nighttime temperatures don't fall below freezing. Try to find a place where there is at least some light. You really don't want to store it in a closet. Even then you may need to water your plant every now and then. Don't let it dry completely nor keep it soggy.
In the spring, when the temperatures start to rise place your plant back outside in the sun. Watch the weather forecasts - if a late freeze is forecast bring your plant back in for the night and put it back out the following day.
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