Bouvardia: Greenhouse Plants
W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)
Pretty little shrubs but I have never found them easy to get going. They need plenty of light, feeding and vigilance against attacks of whitefly. Once a plant is established, however, it is worth having persevered with. To keep them compact it pays to prune heavily to within 8-10 cm (3-4 in) of the base every year in February. Bouvardia longiflora has white scented flowers from October to December. My favourite, although not scented, is B. ‘President Cleveland’ which has vibrant orange-red flowers in profusion from midsummer to November. Cuttings can be taken from shoots 8 cm (3 in) long during spring and summer. It is said thatcan be taken although I have never tried this method. Seed is quite easy sown in February or March at 18-21°C (65-70°F).