Answer: Bougainvillea is tropical in nature so it will summer over in a sunny spot in your garden but will need to come indoors for the winter months. You'll want to begin acclimating it to growing indoors by taking it in overnight when outside nighttime temperatures reach about 50F. Take it back outside during the day and back in at night. Bring it in earlier and take it out later each day until it is residing indoors 24 hours a day. You'll want to reverse this process in the spring.
To keep your bougainvillea bushy and dense, pinch out the tips of the stems. Bougainvilleas bloom over a 6-week cycle, which means they will show color, then rest for a few weeks, then develop flowers and begin blooming about 6-weeks later.
Indoors, provide warmth and bright light; water when the top half-inch of soil begins to dry out.
Best wishes with your bougainvillea!
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