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Although they originated in South America, Tibouchinas have become very much part of the New Zealand garden.
Because of their tropical origins, tibouchinas really appreciate warm conditions and don’t usually succeed where there are very hard frosts. These days, though, there are plenty of smaller tibouchinas that can be grown in pots. This means that, in cold areas, a potted tibouchina can be moved into a protected spot (even a glasshouse) for the winter, thus enabling it to survive through the cold part of the year.
As mentioned, these warmth lovers will need some protection to get them through winter in cold climates. Move to a covered porch or glasshouse.
Feed tibouchinas in spring, summer and after flowering with a long lasting, bloom-boosting fertiliser such as Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. Keep well-watered when it’s hot and dry (like most tropical plants, they need plenty of water, but good drainage). Prune after flowering or, if winters are cold, in early spring.