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Well-drained soil, Dry, Sandy


Bougainvillea is a tropical vine known for the beauty of the large, colorful bracts (modified leaves) which surround its flowers.

What you get:

  • Potted plant (Plant + pot)
  • Free gift
  • Instruction card for plant care


The vine species grow anywhere from 1 to 12 m (3 to 40 ft.) tall, scrambling over other plants with their spiky thorns. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4–13 cm long and 2–6 cm broad. The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as “paper flower” because the bracts are thin and papery.

Common Name:Paper Flower
Botanical Name:Bougainvillea
Native To:South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina
Care Taking:Easy
Sunlight:Full Sun
Bloom Time:They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season.
Soil:Well-drained soil, Dry, Sandy

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  • Water a newly planted bougainvillea frequently to keep the soil moist. Once the plant is established, it blooms best if the soil is a little on the dry side.
  • Water the plant until liquid drips through the drainage hole, then don’t water again until the potting mixture feels slightly dry and give them at least 5 hours a day of full sunlight as a minimum. However, don’t allow the soil to become completely dry because a water-stressed plant won’t bloom.
  • Water the plant immediately if it looks wilted. Bougainvillea is a heavy feeder and requires regular fertilization to produce blooms throughout the growing season.
  • You can use a water-soluble fertilizer mixed at half strength every seven to 14 days, or apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring and midsummer.
  • Bougainvillea blooms on new growth. This means you can prune the plant as needed to maintain the desired size. The ideal time to trim the plant is immediately following a flush of blooms.

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