What is the best month to plant bougainvillea?

It is best to plant your bougainvillea in spring or early summer to allow its roots to become established before cooler weather sets in.

Can you buy bougainvillea in the UK?

Their luminously vibrant flowers are like a window into a warmer place when our summer skies are grey. The vivid blooms are actually brightly coloured bracts surrounding clusters of tiny white flowers, and although they look exotic, you can grow Bougainvilleas in the UK – you just need to protect them from frost.

Is bougainvillea better in pots or ground?

The reason clay, terracotta and ceramic pots are best for bougainvillea is because they remain cooler then plastic and metal pots when in full sun and they have a porous structure which helps the soil dry evenly after watering or rainfall.

Do bougainvilleas like sun or shade?

Bougainvillea needs lots of sun. Plant one in a shady spot and you won’t get the riot of blooms — the whole point of planting bougainvillea. You’ll get vines and thorns. It needs at least six hours of sun per day.

What do you do with bougainvillea in winter UK?

At temperatures below 10°C but above freezing, bougainvilleas may drop some or all of their leaves, but will regrow when the temperature rises again. Regular pruning and seasonally adjusting watering and feeding are key to success with bougainvilleas. Tie them into their support regularly to keep their growth in check.

How do I protect my bougainvillea in winter UK?

Avoid leaf drop in winter by maintaining a minimum night temperature of 10°C (50°F) with the day temperature a few degrees higher. Non-flowering – prune established plants in May and expose to cooler temperatures to stimulate flowering.

How often should bougainvillea be watered?

or four weeks
It prefers a good, deep watering every three or four weeks to frequent shallow waterings. Give a bougainvillea too much water and it can get fungal diseases and root rot. Bougainvillea blooms better when kept on the dry side. Too much water will give you lots of green growth and fewer flowers.