The Bougainvillea for outdoor decor
Bougainvillea flowering plant is a great summer flowering plant. It thrives in hot climates, this makes it perfect for the southwest regions of the U.S. What it doesn’t like is freezing temperatures. If you live in areas that get below 32° Fahrenheit you can still use the Bougainvillea.
Bougainvilleas Do well in Large Containers
Plant it in a large pot with a well-drained potting mix. Before you get those freezing temperatures trim the plant back and store indoors. Make sure it’s placed in an area with lots of sun shining through the windows. Once the winter season is over take it back outside in full sun. Water and fertilize for some great spring color.
What about planting outdoors where it freezes?
Yes, you can make them over-winter outdoors. You could try planting them outdoors where it will get full sun all winter long. Prune the plant all they down to about root level cover with burlap or mulch. Make sure to water at least 2-4 times per month during the winter season. Remove burlap or mulch after the last frost in your area.
Prune Fertilize and Water Bougainvilleas
You will get blooms all spring, summer, and fall months if you prune when stems get long and the blooms start to fade away. Do not be afraid to trim way back…water then fertilize. You will be rewarded with new stems and blooms. I’ve done this 3-4 times during the growing season. A good 20-20-20 fertilizer will work well with this plant.
Insects and Disease Problems
The number problem with Bougainvilleas is Leaf Cutter Bees. They will cut a perfect half moon type half circle into Bougainvilleas blooms. They do not eat the flower they simply cut it out and use for a nest.
Leaf-spot and Phytophthora are diseases that attack these plants. It is prevalent where there is lots of moisture and rain. In and around the Southwest this is typically not a problem. However, if you do run into this problem it is best to apply a good fungicide at the first signs. Red green spots on the outer edges of the foliage are the first signs of these problems.
Avoid planting them in water-logged areas. Make sure they have plenty of sunshine and thin out 2-3 times per season.
Use the Bougainvillea in and around Arbors and trellis for a great effect. Don’t forget to trim after stems and flowers start to fade.
You can also use them as hanging baskets. If using them on a wall they will need support so that the stems will cling to trellis, wire or metal fencing. They are fast growers and come in numerous colors.
Types of Boungainvilleas
There is the Purple Queen, Scarlett O’Hara, The Gold Rush, and the Barbara Karst shown above. All these are made by Monrovia.com
Bougainvillea flowering plant
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