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
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.