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Name: BOUGANVILLEA

Tropical flowering free form shrub / vine that stands out in any landscape. 

  • Brilliant blooms cover this dark green plant. 
  • During the growing season, these beauties are heavy feeders so keep the fertilizer flowing for best bloom and performance. 
  • Do not hesitate to trim this plant if it goes out of bloom and starts a growth spurt with no flower. 
  • Pruning will enhance more color. 
Category: Annual
Requires: Sun, Mostly Sun
Category: vine, bush
Season to plant: Spring and summer
Sold by: baskets, individuals
   

WATER: Bring the soil to visual dryness, and then water the soil thouroughly (avoid frequent, light watering since this will promote a weak and shallow root system).  Do not let your Bougainvillea become bone dry, as this will cause flowers and foliage to drop.  On the other hand, overwatering, or allowing Bouganvillea to sit in water, may cause severe bract drop or may even cause the plant to stop blooming altogether. 

If your Bougainvillea is grown in a pot, please ensure that drainage holes are unobstructed, since Bougainvillea do not like wet roots!

SUN:  Bougainvillea thrive outside.   For maximum blooming, they need direct sunlight for at least 5 hours per day.  In the absence of sufficient sunlight, i.e. if planted in shade or partial shade that results in less than 5 hours of sunlight per day, your Bougainvillea may have healthy vegetative growth, but little or no bract formation or flowering.

TEMPERATURE:  Bougainvillea are tropical plants, being native to Brazil, and thrive in intense heat.  Bougainvillea must be protected from frost and freezing temperatures.

FERTILIZATION:  Boubainvillea are heavy feeders and they require fertilization.  Especially during the flowering months.

"Color Star" fertilizer works magic for Bougainvillea.

TIPS FOR VIBRANT COLOR:
To help your Bougainvillea achieve its full color potential during season, follow these simple steps:

1.   Regularly feed your plants.

2.   Proper watering by using this simple rule of thumb:

  • If few leaves, but some color - not enough water
  • If lots of leaves, but little color - too much water
  • If a combination of healthy leaves and color - just right.
3.    Maximize color by "pinching" or pruning the ends of your Bougainvillea after each bloom cycle since Bougainvillea will only show color on new growth.

Pinching" Prune back two centimeters or two feet, it does not matter.  Trim to size for whatever suits your needs the best.