Tough and Beautiful, Vibrant and Durable!

Up close to the real Bougainvillea flower

The vibrant “flowers” are really just colorful, papery bracts that surround the real flower. Looking closely at a newly opened flower, there are small white disks poking out from the three large papery bracts. This is the true flower. As with many other plants that have showy bracts, bougainvillea has a colorful display for an impressively long time.

Encouraging More Blooms… Bougainvillea without blooms is just another ho-hum green vine. So, the secret to flowering bliss is to keep encouraging more blooms. Keep branches cut back to about 18-20 inches. Keep the plant slightly pot bound. Only repot it if absolutely necessary and then only increase to the next larger pot size. Bougainvillea are heavy feeders and love to slurp up weekly elixirs of half strength 20-20-20, flowering plant fertilizer or Miracle-Gro. With good sunlight and

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