How To Care For Bougainvillea - Knowledgebase Question

Boerne, TX
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Question by hyjak
May 8, 1999
How do you care for a bougainvillea? Moisture, lighting, temperature, etc.

Answer from NGA
May 8, 1999
The key to a happy, blooming bougainvillea in the south is to give it full sunlight and don't overwater. If you skimp on sun, it will skimp on blooms. Water enough to give it a good soaking and then let it dry out before watering again.

Moderate amounts of a balanced fertilizer will keep it vigorous. Just don't push it too hard. Finally, make sure the roots are in a well-drained location. They don't like soggy soil.

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