The Keys to Growing Beautiful Bougainvilleas

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bougainvillea, in all the vivid colors of the tropics, is very easy to encourage blooming.  The keys to promoting flowering in bougainvillea are:

1. Prune

2. Fertilize lightly

3. Less water.

Remember this: bougainvillea blooms on new growth.  Prune back your plant and lightly fertilize.  This will promote new growth and flowering.  On November 1, I pruned the bougainvillea next to my house.  The next day I applied some 8-3-9 granular fertilizer and watered lightly.


My bougainvillea on November 1, prior to pruning.








Bougainvillea on November 19, coming into bloom