Bougainvillea glabra/ Bougainvillea

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>A strong-growing, evergreen climber with glossy, elliptic mid-deep green leaves to 13cm long. Favoured for white to magenta flowers borneĀ on the ends of new growth from Summer to Autumn in the UK. Frost tender. Though often seen as a climbing plant, Bougainvillea can also be seen as free standing trees or as hedging material.


POSITION Full sun in a warm position, protect from frosts in Winter.

Every two weeks during growing season with low nitrogen fertiliser.

Every three to four years in Spring in a free-draining soil mix. Prune roots lightly. To encourage flowering allow to become rootbound.

Trim back long extension growth continually to keep compact, hard prune in early Spring. Bougainvillea are very susceptible to rot and all cuts should be sealed with cut paste.

Softwood cuttings in early Spring, semi-ripe cuttings in Summer, air-layer in Autumn or Spring.

Red spider mites, mealy bugs, aphids and white flies can all be a problem when grow indoors.

All forms except formal upright, broom and literati. Suitable for medium to extra large sizes.