The Q&A Archives: bougainvillea

Question: Do you have any special recommendation for a variety (and also planting requirements for the plant) that will do well on a deck on top of the hill in San Francisco? The plant will need to be planted in a container and it will be exposed to windy conditions at times.

Thank you,


Answer: There are 28 different varieties of bougainvillea, and all will do well in a full sun location. Bougainvilleas are quite vigorous once established and wind should not affect them. If they are damaged by high winds, you can simply cut off the damaged parts and new growth will emerge. Choose your favorite color (purple, pink, orange, etc.)

Bougainvilleas don't like to have their roots disturbed so choose a large container (15-gallon, or half-whiskey barrel) and fill it with a mixture of garden soil (for weight and stability) and potting soil (for good drainage). Water regularly the first summer so the plant can develop an extensive root system. After it is established you can water every 10-14 days to keep it happy.

Best wishes with your new bougainvillea.

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