Do you love the beauty of bougainvillea? Many of us will agree that bougainvillea are beautiful, but many homeowners hesitate to grow them for a variety of reasons. The most common that I hear is that they grow too big and are too messy.
While both statements are certainly true, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the beauty of bougainvillea while minimizing its size and messiness?
Growing bougainvillea in pots limits their size, and with smaller shrubs, there is less of a mess. It also makes it easier to protect them from frost damage in winter by moving them or covering them with a sheet.
Bougainvillea make great container plants. In fact, many gardeners who live in cold climates, only grow them in pots so that they can bring them indoors when frigid winter temperatures arrive.
Growing bougainvillea in pots is easy to do. Select a location in full sun where it will promote the most bloom. Bougainvillea thrive in hot, reflected sun.
Provide support for them to grow upward if desired. You can also grow bougainvillea as more of a compact shrub form if desired and eliminate the support.
Water deeply and allow the top 2 inches to dry out before watering again. Bougainvillea do best when the soil is allowed to dry out between watering.
Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring, after the danger of frost is passed and reapply every three months, with the last application occurring in early September.
Growing bougainvillea in pots keeps them small enough to make it feasible to cover them when freezing temperatures occur.
So, would you consider growing bougainvillea in pots? I’d love to hear whether or not you would and the reasons why.