No Bougainvilla Blooms - Knowledgebase Question

Spokane, WA
Question by treese
May 22, 2001
I've had a bougainvilla plant for several years (brought it with me from California) indoors in a large pot, south facing window, etc.. It has never bloomed, but grows quite well otherwise. How can I get it to bloom? Thanks. Tom

Answer from NGA
May 22, 2001


Bougainvillea thrive in full sun and prefer to be a little stressed for water and fertilizer to bloom best. Put it in as much sunlight as you can and try fertilizing with a phosphorus-only source, which promotes bloom. Try bone meal or 0-45-0. Hope this helps!

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