Asked April 8, 2019, 8:32 PM EDT

Hi! Can I grow Bugambilia in Minnesota, or is the climate here not condusive for that? -- Gary Feierer

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Bugambilia is the Spanish common name for the tropical climbing vine bougainvillea. Some cultivars have a shrubby, bushy growth habit. Bougainvilleas require full sun and perform better when their soil is allowed to dry. Prune bougainvillea in late winter. Some cultivars have sharp thorns. It needs to be protected from frost and freeze. I grew this plant in MN for many years. I quit growing it because my cultivar had very large thorns. In the summer, my bougainvilleas went outside in full sun. It would bloom every summer. In the winter, I grew it in a southern window at 65F. The soil was allowed to go dry between watering. The water was rain water or melted snow.