The Q&A Archives: Bougainvillea Care

Question: I recently received a very pretty plant/bush called bougainvillea. It has amazing pink blossoms. My question is this: how do I care for this type of plant, and can it be hung outdoors in a pot, or is it supposed to be planted in the ground? It bursts outof the container like it has long arms reaching out in all directions.

Answer: Bougainvillea is a tropical plant that should be planted<br>outside in the garden. I don't believe it would be happy<br>if left in a container. In setting out your plant dig a <br>hole twice as deep and twice as large as container. In the<br>bottom of hole put fully a foot of well rotted compost.<br>Some broken bricks can be added along with the compost. <br>Bougainvillea seem to do better with the addition of broken<br>bricks. Rather than pulling the plant out of container,<br>place container inthe hole and slit the sides of container<br>and cut away rim of container. Leave container with slit<br>side in the hole. The reason for this is to keep from <br>disturbing the roots any more than necessary.<br><br><br><br><br>

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