All Things Gardening forum: Bougainvillea/ growing area surprise to me

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
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freedombel
Aug 4, 2015 2:11 PM CST
When I lived in California I saw, even had Bougainvillea, it was pretty much everywhere it seemed, living here in
Omaha, N.E I have never ever seen it here. On my drive home from work today I drove past the local nursery as
I do everyday and read their neon banner that stated that Bougainvillea and Hibiscus are all now 70% off.
I was surprised as I did not know it could grow here. I was surprised when I went to California in April and saw
a yard with abundant Holly Hocks, all the 18 years I lived there I had never seen or knew it would grow there like
it does here in Nebraska.
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
Always room to plant one more!
Cat Lover Birds Region: Nebraska Butterflies Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Level 1
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freedombel
Aug 4, 2015 2:14 PM CST
Oh, I just found this: Although it is frost-sensitive and hardy in zones 9b and 10, bougainvillea can be used as a houseplant or hanging basket in cooler climates.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because they have roses!
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 4, 2015 2:26 PM CST
My bougainvillea is in hanging baskets because I can protect them fr-om any freeze in the winter. But they are really hardy in the gr-ound in our Zone9a if old fashioned non-LED -Christmas Lights are used to keep them warm.. In pots, they need water daily in the summer and not as drought resistant but just as beautiful.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 4, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Here are mine hanging on our gate along with some portulaca. They don't get full sun all day. And as you can see they are blooming fine. I'd say, as long as you give them some s-un, maybe you can grow them in pots, too?
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