Growing Bougainvillea in Pots
Bougainvillea is an attractive flowering plant that is popular for its beautiful blooms and lush foliage. Although it is traditionally grown outdoors, bougainvillea can be grown in containers. Growing bougainvillea in containers is a great way to beautify a patio, balcony, or deck.
How to Grow Bougainvillea in a Pot
Growing bougainvillea in a pot is very doable, as long as you take the necessary steps:
- Pick the Pot: Choose a pot large enough to accommodate the roots and with good drainage. An unglazed terra-cotta pot is ideal as it allows the soil to “breathe”.
- Prepare the Soil:Fill the pot with a fast-draining potting mix with plenty of perlite, vermiculite, or sharp sand.
- Plant the Bougainvillea: Remove the plant from its pot when planting and gently tease out the roots. Place the Bougainvillea in the pot and backfill the soil around the roots.
- Water the Plant: Bougainvillea require regular watering, particularly in the summer months. Water when the top two inches of soil have dried out.
- Fertilize the Plant: Feed the bougainvillea with a balanced fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the active growing season.
Tips for Growing Bougainvillea in a Pot
- Choose a spot in full sun for maximum blooming, although they can also do well in partial shade.
- Deadhead the flowers when they begin to fade to promote re-blooming.
- Re-pot the plant every two years into a larger container, to provide plenty of room for the roots.
- Prune the plant anytime to maintain the desired shape and size.
As long as you provide plenty of warmth and light, bougainvillea can be a stunning addition to any patio, balcony, or deck in a pot. With their bright and cheery blooms, bougainvilleas can provide a pop of color to any outdoor space.