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Posted: January 30, 2012

Expert offers tips on growing bougainvillea in conservatories

A gardening expert has offered some suggestions on how best to grow bougainvillea in residential conservatories.

Wayne Williams, senior horticulturist at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, told Mail Online that room temperature is one of the most aspects of cultivating this genus, which is originally native to South America and is capable of flowering for ten months of the year.

People should aim for their conservatory to be heated to at least ten degrees centigrade. It may help to keep the heat in during cloudy days to pull conservatory blinds down.

Mr Williams said: “Water, feed regularly and don’t be afraid to trim stems to keep them within bounds. If you can’t provide bougainvillea with the right temperature, plants will drop their leaves in late autumn and remain dormant until early spring.”

Conservatories are commonly used for growing flowers that may not survive outdoors, but one issue that comes up a lot in the run-up to the sunnier summer days is how plants can be used to provide shade, according to Helen Yemm in The Telegraph.

The gardening writer recommended using Ipomoea indica for this purpose, saying that it is a “magnificent sight” when it is in full bloom and provides plenty of shade during the warmer months with its large leaves.

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