15 Gallon
Bougainvillea / Tree (STD)
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Bougainvillea / Tree (STD)

Latin Name:


Plant Type:

Shrub, Climber


Widespread vines in tropical areas which are surprisingly adaptable to basket use by choosing the correct varieties. Brilliant papery bracts cover the plant with color when blooms.




Suitable only for a greenhouse









Growing Ease:

Requires extra care


50-75°F, 10-24°C


Medium humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A good general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check whether purchased soil is well aerated and add perlite or sand and peat moss if it looks to pack too tightly. Give the plants a little time to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization you wish to use. If you want to mix it yourself, take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Never forget to use a pot with a hole.


Drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between watering. If you use rainwater, be careful about acidic rainwater. Use warm water.


Feed weekly with a water soluble fertilizer. Do not fertilize in the winter. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to mealy bugs, aphids & spider mites. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.


Stem cuttings in the summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Prevent the moisture from escaping by covering the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been grown to a considerable height.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist and keep cool during the winter months. Will not bloom in low light. Needs something to climb or support if it is planted in a pot. If possible put outside for the summer in full sun. Prune in the fall or after flowering.


Species of this Genus are a candidate to bonsai.

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