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Question: I live in zone 11 and want to plant a bougainvilla in a container to bring indoors during winter, if needed. What care do I have to give it to survive the winter. It gets about mid 40's .

Answer: Bougainvillea is hardy in USDA Zones 9 - 11 so you should be able to plant yours in the ground. B. glabra is a bit hardier - but you can count on frosts cutting it to the ground. Here in my Zone 8 garden they usually return in spring if well mulched and kept on the dryish side. You can plant bougainvillea in a container and take it indoors, but it isn't necessary in your gardening region and the plants typically are not very happy indoors.

Best wishes with your new bougainvillea!

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