Meet the Bougainvillea, a vibrant and versatile tropical vine, thriving in warm climates. With over 300 varieties in colors like pink, red, and orange, these plants are perfect for adding a splash of color to your garden, whether as hanging baskets, bonsai, or traditional shrubs.

Bougainvillea Brilliance

What appears to be the Bougainvillea's flowers are actually bracts, modified leaves that encase the real, tiny white flowers. These plants experience two growth cycles, focusing on vegetative growth and then blooming, with the latter requiring specific care to ensure vibrancy.

Colorful Secrets

Bougainvilleas are heavy feeders, especially craving phosphate and nitrogen to bloom spectacularly. Opt for a balanced, slow-release fertilizer with equal ratios of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, such as 5-5-5 or 10-10-10, and consider adding chelated iron for vibrant color maintenance.

Feeding for Flourish

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For potted Bougainvilleas, choose a fertilizer high in phosphorus to promote blooming and color intensity. Brands like NutriStar, BOUGAIN, and Dr. Earth Exotic Blend are top picks, with the option of using hibiscus fertilizer as a substitute. A tablespoon of Epsom salt can boost flower production and chlorophyll formation.

Special Care for Potted Beauty

Fertilize your Bougainvillea monthly from early spring to midsummer, ensuring to incorporate essential nutrients like calcium and manganese. For ground plants, use a granular fertilizer lightly mixed into the soil. In cooler climates, pause fertilization in fall and winter, resuming only when warmer weather returns to avoid damaging the plant.

Timing and Techniques

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