Potted Bougainvillea Plants: Tips For Growing Bougainvillea In Containers

Bougainvillea is a hardy tropical vine that grows in areas where winter temperatures remain above 30 degrees F. (-1 C.). The plant usually produces three rounds of vibrant blooms in spring, summer and autumn. If you don’t have growing space or live in a suitable climate, you can plant bougainvillea in a pot. If you live in a chilly climate, bring potted bougainvillea plants indoors before the first frost.

Bougainvillea for Pots

Several bougainvillea varieties are suitable for growing in containers.

  • “Miss Alice” is a shrubby, easily pruned variety with white blooms.
  • “Bambino Baby Sophia,” which provides orange blooms, tops out at about 5 feet.
  • If you like pink, consider “Rosenka” or “Singapore Pink,” which you can prune to maintain container size.
  • Red varieties suitable for container growing include “La Jolla” or “Crimson Jewel.” “Oo-La-La”, with magenta-red blooms, is a dwarf variety that reaches heights of 18 inches. “Raspberry Ice” is another variety suitable for a container or hanging basket.
  • If purple is your favorite color, “Vera Deep Purple” is a good choice.

Growing Bougainvillea in Containers

Bougainvillea performs well in a relatively small container where its roots are slightly restricted. When the plant is large enough for repotting, move it to a container only one size larger.

Use a regular potting soil without a high level of peat moss; too much peat retains moisture and may result in root rot.

Any container used for growing bougainvillea must have at least one drainage hole. Install a trellis or support at planting time; installing one later may damage the roots.

Bougainvillea Container Care

Water a newly planted bougainvillea frequently to keep the soil moist. Once the plant is established, it blooms best if the soil is a little on the dry side. Water the plant until liquid drips through the drainage hole, then don’t water again until the potting mixture feels slightly dry. However, don’t allow the soil to become completely dry because a water-stressed plant won’t bloom. Water the plant immediately if it looks wilted.

Bougainvillea is a heavy feeder and requires regular fertilization to produce blooms throughout the growing season. You can use a water-soluble fertilizer mixed at half strength every seven to 14 days, or apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring and midsummer.

Bougainvillea blooms on new growth. This means you can prune the plant as needed to maintain the desired size. The ideal time to trim the plant is immediately following a flush of blooms.

Bougainvillea is a tropical vine that blooms almost throughout the year making a light show. Bougainvilleas also make good pot or container plants which can be grown either indoors or outdoors. But you have to know the needs of the plant so that your bougainvillea plant is thriving and is lushly producing abundant blooms for which it is famous for.

You should put your bougainvillea in a place where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight every day. You can put it on a sunlit porch or at a south facing window if kept indoors.

When you are placing a bougainvillea pot outside or in your garden, do not maintain the container directly on top of the ground because the roots of the bougainvillea will grow out the drainage holes. Then the source will go into the soil and set the plant there. So put a trash container under the pot, or you can configure the bougainvillea pot on an elevated surface, such as bricks or crate.

You must note that you have to allow the soil to dry before you water again in the bougainvillea pot. You should give water only when the soil is dry. You must touch it and see if it is about 3 or 4 inches dry deep in the ground. Bougainvilleas will flower the best when they are ‘stressed’ dry.

Every time you water, make sure you put enough water so that it comes out of the drainage holes at the bottom. Then you must throw away the excess water that may have built up in the trash container. This is done to make sure that the soil does not remain wet.

Then you must throw away the excess water that may have built up in the drainage container. This is done to make sure that the soil does not remain wet.

You should feed the bougainvillea plant once every two weeks during spring. During winter, feeding is lesser and once a month is fine.

For your bougainvillea container plant, you can feed a mix of water-soluble fertilizer. Add this fertilizer when you water the plant. You can get a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20.

It is important for the bougainvillea to branch and encourage new growth. For that you should pinch the soft tips of the bougainvillea every month when it is actively growing.

Always clean your pair of clippers with a disinfectant before using. You can use rubbing alcohol. Always prune the bougainvillea plant after it has finished blooming.

If you bring your potted bougainvillea indoors, it might cease blooming if it does not get full sun. You can trim to your bougainvillea shape or thin it as you want. You can also prune it back less or aggressively or cut back to the to the bottom of the container.

Once the bougainvillea pot starts to grow again, start to pinch the tips to make it bushy.

You have to repot a bougainvillea when you see that there are more roots than the soil. However a bougainvillea will grow best when it is root bound. Take the bougainvillea pot out of the soil and then be careful to handle the roots so you do not damage them.

Plant it again in the larger sized pot, with ample drainage holes. Also use a potting medium that drains well and does not hold on to moisture. A soilless mix also works well for bougainvillea pot care.

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If you are looking for a colourful flowering plant to grow in a pot then Bougainvillea could be the one

Not only are they wonderful climbing plants, if you select the right variety you can also grow them in pots.

These are a vigorous plant, so some varieties are more suited to growing in pots than other.

Growing Bougainvillea in containers is also a great way of controlling their growth. With a restricted root run, they tend not to be as rampant.

All have masses of flowers in colours from red and purple through to pink and yellow. Of seen as as a tropical to sub tropical plant, they do grow well in cooler climates, very few problems in Sydney and Perth, in Melbourne and other cool climates you might like to grow them in a pot in a sheltered position.

Best Varieties for Pots ?

We suggest that you try one of the smaller growing Bougainvillea varieties, many of these will naturally only grow from 1 metre to around 2 metres in height. If you choose a larger growing variety, you will need to provide good support for the plant.

The best known dwarf types are the Bambino varieties. They combine range of colours and reaching around 2 metres in height they are well suited to container growing. These are also the best types to train as bonsai specimens.

Make sure that you use a free draining potting mix as Bougainvillea do not like wet root systems.

Here are our top tips for growing Bougainvillea in containers.

  1. Choose a pot with good drainage holes ( more than one central hole) , lift the pot above pavers and the ground using pot feet or small blocks. This is a better method than using drainage material in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Use a good quality potting mix, well drained yet moisture retentive. Add some perlite to improve drainage.
  3. Choose a position where the plant will get plenty of sun. The pot can be in the shade, however the plant itself needs lots of sun to thrive.
  4. If you are planting a taller growing type, make sure you have something for the plant to climb on. Place the pot against a fence, or use a large pot and install a obelisk or other climbing frame.
  5. Make sure that when you are planting out, that you do not disturb the sensitive root system. Never lift the plant by the stem, or pull the stem to release it from the pot.

Decide how big you want the plant to grow and then ask your nurseryman for the best variety for your situation.

Care of Bougainvillea in pots.

  1. Water in spring as required and as soon as the weather warms up, hold back a little on the water. This will promote flowering.
    Try not to water during winter as cold and wet root systems can be a problem with all Bougainvillea.
  2. Do not use high nitrogen fertilisers, these tend to promote foliage growth rather than flowers.
    Only fertilise when the plant is in active growth, and never over fertilise.
    In good soils simply water with a little a little sulphate of potash to help promote flowers.
  3. You will need to prune them regularly to maintain a compact and healthy plant.

Pruning Pot Grown Bougainvillea

After flowering, its time to prune back and generally this is in early winter. However different varieties will flower at different times in different climates, so pruning time may vary. Generally prune back by 35 – 50%.
You can also tip prune through the year.

The more you prune, the more flowering points will be created and this is what makes then great plants for growing in pots. They do flower on new growth, so regular pruning is essential, when in flower, tip prune every month. And yes, these colourful flowering plants are suited to bonsai.

Although these are an easy plant to grow from cuttings, you will get better results by taking them at the right time of the year.. This is during the warmer months in cooler climates, and in spring in warmer areas. If you can provide warmth and protection you can take cuttings almost year round.

  • Take cuttings at around 25 cm (10 inches) long.
  • Strip the foliage from the lower 2/3rds.
  • Use a propagating sand for best results.
  • Insert the cuttings 2/3rds deep.
  • Keep them just moist and in a warm shaded position.
  • Once you get good signs of new growth, you can pot them in normal potting mix.
  • Slowly move them into the sun.
  • Water lightly.


Photo: Dan Culbert

Bougainvillea is a tropical vining shrub that comes in a wide array of bright and fanciful colors.

The “flowers” are actually modified leaves, called bracts, that are long-lasting and bright. The colorful bracts outshine the plant’s true (but tiny) flower, much like a poinsettia. They appear periodically throughout most of the year, but are especially plentiful in the winter, when the splashes of color are a welcome sight. Bougainvillea blooms in fuschia, red, white, yellow, and orange.

Bougainvilleas require full sun and actually perform better when their soil is left a little dry, making this a perfect plant for the drought-tolerant landscape. It needs to be protected from frost and freeze.


It can be pruned into a shrub-like form, trained to grow over fences and trellises, and even used for espliers. Dwarf varieties can be planted on top of a wall or in hanging baskets, where they will create cascades of color.

The best time to prune bougainvillea is in late winter or early spring after it flowers, or at the start of the rainy season. If you wait until late summer or early fall, your plant may produce fewer flowers during the following winter.

It’s a good idea to wear heavy gloves, since many cultivars have sharp thorns. Use a pair of pruning shears to cut back any errant branches, and work to give your plant a pleasing shape.

You can even use the smaller cuttings to propagate new plants. If you do, then you’ll be able to share beautiful bougainvilleas with all your gardening friends.

Why Won’t My Bougainvillea Bloom?

What happens if your bougainvillea won’t bloom? Sun is a critical part of the equation. The more sun your vine gets, the more blooms it will put out. Without some direct sun, it just won’t flower.

Water is another key factor. Bougainvillea is native to arid climates, so check that your irrigation system isn’t applying more water than the plant needs.

If you’re pruning too often, you could be cutting off new blooms as well. Finally, go easy on the fertilizer. Too much nitrogen will encourage your plant to produce leaves instead of blooms.

So try neglecting your bougainvillea instead of babying it. You should be rewarded with beautiful blooms!


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In summery gardens all eyes are on Bougainvillea as a floral ambassador of tropical flowerage. Exotic Bougainvillea owes its name to three delicate, cream-coloured blossoms framed by three colourful, large bracts. From spring to autumn the magical ornamental tree will captivate you with its opulent blossoming dress. A display of splendour of that kind needs proper care. You will receive all information regarding plant care and hibernation right here.

Plant Profile

  • Four-o’clock family (Nyctaginaceae)
  • Species Bougainvillea with over 18 types
  • Designation: Bougainville
  • indigenous in tropical regions of South America
  • flowering shrub, climbing or upright with thorns
  • growth height in pot from 150 to 300 cm, in natural surroundings up to 1.200 cm
  • egg-shaped or elliptical, petiolated leaves
  • lateral or terminal, tripartite inflorescence with three blossoms and three bracts
  • facetted blossoming colours from white to red and pink to purple, orange or yellow
  • blossoming period from spring to autumn in several phases
  • temperature: 5 degrees Celsius minimum

The luxurious charm of tropical flowerage moves into the summery garden with Bougainvillea, draws attention on the balcony or dresses the conservatory. Its never-ending flowering time is as legendary as the breath-taking luminosity of its three bracts, which unfold around the three delicate, cream-coloured blossoms.


The picturesque ornamental tree puts on its floral dress in several phases, until it takes a breather in wintertime. To be able to fully enjoy the exotic flair, the demanding beauty should lack for nothing. These instructions put all measures surrounding planting, care and hibernation in a nutshell.

As a spreading climber, most types are equipped with numerous thorns reaching lengths from 0,2 to 0,8 cm. If there is climbing support available heights up to 3 metres can be reached. Otherwise, the flowering shrub grows compactly, bushy and upward.


Because it cannot survive in temperatures lower than 5 degrees Celsius, Bougainvillea grows excellently in a pot. This form of cultivations provides more flexibility when choosing the site as well as an easy way to take it inside in autumn. To put the plant into a plot, simply put it in the ground together with its pot. All aspects surrounding the correct planting will in the following be explained in more detail.


Regular potting soil from the garden centre or hardware store wont do the requirements of Bougainvillea justice. Ideally, plant the exotic flowering shrub with high-quality soil for tub plants enriched with perlite, volcanic rock, coconut fibres or expended clay. The lower the amount of peat, the better the required buffer force in the substrate. Furthermore, a slightly acidic pH-value of 6,0 to 6,5 is also beneficial for the vitality and flowering capacity.

The Pot

The pot should be tailored towards the specific attributes of Bougainvillea. This includes that the flowering shrub develops a delicate root system, which will get stuck in a clay pot with large pores. Thus, every time you are repotting there is the danger of damaging the roots, which will lead to growth depressions.

Furthermore, the ornamental bush develops long vines as a spreading climber that will grow bushier and denser with adequate climbing support. Therefore, pay special attention to these characteristics when choosing a pot.

  • glazed inside of a pot to protect the delicate roots
  • ideally, with integrated climbing support with an obelisk or climbing pole
  • no bottom opening as water drainage

The volume of the pot should be chosen in a way that allows a 5-8 cm gap between root bale and the edge of the pot. In a large pot Bougainvillea will busily start rooting itself through the container, which will be at the expense of growth and flowering capacity.


To give a newly bought Bougainvillea the best starting conditions, it should be immediately planted into the ideal pot with the substrate recommended here. Please pay special attention to the delicate root bale.

This is how you do it correctly:

  • create drainage through the bottom opening of the pot using pieces of pottery
  • a piece of water permeable and breathable fleece as coverage prevents the drainage material from silting up
  • fill in a first layer of substrate and press down lightly so that there are no air holes
  • carefully remove the root bale from the cultivation container with a knife
  • take Bougainvillea out of the pot without putting too much pressure on the shoots

Place the plant centrally on the substrate, maintaining the previous planting depth. A pouring edge of 3-5 cm comes in handy, so that there will be no overflow later on. Water Bougainvillea with soft water at room temperature. In case the flowering shrub sheds its leaves after these exertions, this is no cause for concern. In the following two to three weeks it will start sprouting again.


The better its location corresponds with the needs of Bougainvillea the more lavishly it will blossom. Therefore, place the pot in full sun at a warm and protected spot on the balcony or in the garden. It is beneficial if the plant is outside in the fresh air from May to September. The warmer the site, the more intense the colours of the bracts will be.

High summer temperatures are therefore not an obstacle when choosing the site but are desired. You will look out for the beautiful blossoms in vein if the flowering shrub suffers from lack of oxygen and is kept in poorly ventilated rooms. During the growth dormancy Bougainvillea should preferably be kept in a light place at temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius.


During the growth and flowering period, the water requirements of a Bougainvillea are very high. Water the flowering shrub whenever the substrate is dried out on the surface. Daily watering is no rarity on warm summer days. Water directly onto the roots with soft, lime-free water until the saucer starts to fill.

After 10 minutes pour out the excess water to prevent water logging. Water requirements decrease in proportion to sinking temperatures and lower light conditions. Therefore, reduce the amount of water given from autumn onwards to prevent root rot.


In regards to the nutrient balance Bougainvillea proves to be low-maintenance. Fertilise the exotic blossoming beauty weekly using liquid fertiliser from April to September. Stop the supply of nutrients from October to March. Please do not put the fertiliser onto dried soil because the roots will be sensitive to the salts it contains. You will avoid this problem if you water with clear water first and then add the liquid fertiliser.


The correct trimming takes up a key function in the professional care program of Bougainvillea. Because it is climbing plant and part of the four-o’clock family the flowering shrub tends to form long, slender shoots. It actually blossoms a lot more lavishly on short, young branches.

Therefore, a pair of scissors comes into action in between the flowering phases. As soon as the blossoms have withered, trim the branches to half their length. Trim shortly above a bud that is pointed outwards or a leave node. Following hibernation and in time for the start of this years season trim the shrub again by a third. After each trim pamper Bougainvillea with a dose of liquid fertiliser.

Flower Induction

Even under ideal weather conditions, the climate of Central Europe does not even come close to the general conditions of the original habitat of Bougainvillea. Therefore, the plant is thankful for all the support it can get for flower formation. Strengthen vitality and blossoming with regular sprayings of valerian. Add 30 ml of valerian to 1000 ml of filtered rainwater to spray the shrub weekly.


Take Bougainvillea inside when the mercury column starts indicating temperatures lower than 10 degrees Celsius at night. This is how you escort the tropical flowering diva happily and healthily through wintertime.

  • the winter quarters are light and cool, with temperatures between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius
  • reduce watering
  • do not fertilise from October to March
  • repeatedly spray with 3% valerian solution
  • if necessary trim the shoots by a third or by half to allow bushy growth

It is no reason for concern if the shrub should start shedding its leaves during hibernation; this is a completely normal process. The supply of nutrients will successively continue from the beginning of March if you start fertilising with liquid fertiliser every four weeks.

In parallel with its move to the garden, the summery care program will start again. To prepare Bougainvillea for the outdoor season, you should start hardening it off during daytime in semi-shade on the balcony from the beginning of April. Until after mid May the shrub should be kept behind glass.


Every trim provides you with an abundance of usable materials for vegetative propagation. Furthermore, there is the possibility of growing additional Bougainvillea plants during the whole course of the vegetation phase with the help of cuttings.

This form of propagation has the advantage that the young plants posses all the beautiful attributes of their mother plant. All lignified, non-blossoming shoot tips with a length of 10 to 15 cm are suitable. Cut a cutting off underneath a dormant bud and dip the cut surface into rooting powder. Remove the leaves of the lower half.

This is how you proceed:

  • fill small pots with cultivation soil and moisturise with lime-free water
  • pre-drill the planting hole in the substrate using a dibber to place a cutting each
  • set up in a heatable propagation box at 24 to 28 degrees Celsius at a light site avoiding full sunlight
  • keep the cuttings moisturised constantly without causing water logging

Within two to three weeks the cuttings will develop independent root systems. The cuttings will start sprouting as a visual signal for vital root growth. Repot young Bougainvillea into regular substrate as soon as it has rooted through the propagation pot completely.


Diseases and Pests of Bougainvillea don’t stand a chance at a sunny, warm site with lots of fresh air and loving care according to the care program illustrated above. A stressed plant may face the following problems.


Fungal spores of mildew will find the influence of damp and warm weather in combination with a lack of light caused by heavy clouds to be ideal living conditions. You will identify the infection by a floury residue on the top and bottom of the leaves.

Immediately cut off all infected parts and dispose of them as household waste. You can combat the early stages of infection with a mixture of 1 l of water and 125 ml of fresh milk. Spray Bougainvillea every two to three days until there are no more symptoms visible.


Aphids lurk to infest weak Bougainvillea in the garden or on the balcony. Therefore, regularly check the tops and bottoms of the leaves for the tiny parasites and combat them immediately with a proven household remedy. Add 15 ml of pure soft soap as well as 1-2 drops of spirit to 1 l of water. Spray the affected plant with this solution every two to three days until there are no more aphids visible.


Among the over 18 different types within the species the two types Bougainvillea Glabra and Bougainvillea Spectabilis primarily serve as parent plant for marvellous hybrids. The following selection will present to you some of the most beautiful types in more detail.

Barbara Karst

This premium type will thrill you with intensively luminous blossoms in a rich wine red. The reddish sheen of also the young leaves is typical for this Bougainvillea. During the course of the blossoming period, the colours will fade successively and turn into a rosy tone. With the next phase of blossoming, blossoms of a deep red colour will flourish and the transformation starts again.


This Bougainvillea shows off her large blossoms in a striking purple colour. In contrast to the original type, its colourful bracts spread to nearly double the diameter. The crème-coloured real blossoms in the centre provide a striking contrast. The colour intensity will slowly decreases over time like it does in all Bougainvillea and tends to be of a light purple towards the end of each blossoming phase.


With its purple blossoms on top of which green-yellow variegated leaves rise, this type achieves a high level of appeal. Thanks to this characteristic the decorative value of the pot plant remains unchanged in between the flowering periods. Furthermore, this hybrid is equipped with a robust physique and is therefore recommended particularly for beginners.

Mary Palmer

A particularly successful cultivation shows off with two-coloured blossoms. Mary Palmer will captivate you with pink and white bracts in varying degrees; the warmer and sunnier the site, the more intensive the play of colours.

Jamaica White

No collection should lack a white blossoming Bougainvillea. Furthermore, this type will thrill you with a high level of tolerance towards problems at the site and maintenance mistakes. In combination with a Bougainvillea of colour that has been cultivated with trellis as support, there are many options in regards to creative designing possibilities on the balcony or in the conservatory.

Furthermore, we have a variety of double blossoming Bougainvillea thanks to competent growers. The opulent hybrids create a picturesque scene in red, pink, purple or orange. This extravagant explosion of flowers requires careful care with little room for failures because the growing success has been achieved at the cost of its resilience.

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Bougainvillea Translation

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English Arabic French Bougainvillea in English Bougainvillea ( or ) is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers. Different authors accept between four and 18 species in the genus. They are native plants of South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina (Chubut Province). Bougainvillea are also known as buganvilla (Spain), bugambilia (Mexico, Cuba,Philippines), Napoleón (Honduras), veranera (Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama), trinitaria (Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Venezuela), Santa Rita (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) or papelillo (northern Peru).

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1. any of several South American ornamental woody vines of the genus Bougainvillea having brilliant red or purple flower bracts; widely grown in warm regions
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(hyponym) paper flower, Bougainvillea glabra
(member-holonym) genus Bougainvillea, Bougainvillaea, genus Bougainvillaea
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  • ‘Standards of plants not requiring dormant cycles, such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, ivies or geraniums, have a simple winter culture.’
  • ‘Anthuriums, roses, hibiscuses, chrysanthemums, lilies and bougainvilleas were some of the other carnations that were on display.’
  • ‘Miller also offers a variety of tropical plants, including bromeliads, bougainvillea, citrus, hibiscus, and orchids.’
  • ‘It is a visual and sensory pleasure, choked with dazzling flowers of every variety, from the voluptuous deep blue of the jacaranda tree, to the multi-coloured bougainvillea or the bountiful hibiscus and begonias.’
  • ‘The bougainvillea had started to flower again, a deep fuchsia color.’
  • ‘Dunn organizes weekend trips during the semester to sites in Overtown, where students work for eight hours planting bougainvilleas, roses, shrimp plants, and vegetables like sweet potatoes, greens, and string beans.’
  • ‘The beautiful bougainvillea can be trained as a small shrub, or if left to grow, will develop into a massive hanging vine.’
  • ‘He named the plant bougainvillea in honour of Bougainville.’
  • ‘Tall plants like palms or bougainvillaeas can be put on little trolleys and wheeled across the roads when the clock strikes six.’
  • ‘I received a bougainvillea in a hanging basket at Christmas.’
  • ‘Molina’s crew trims hedges, mows grass, and has planted bougainvillea, jacaranda, queen palms and hibiscus.’
  • ‘Exotic plants such as bougainvillaea, duranta and pyracantha have been used in gardens for many years.’
  • ‘The often-misspelled bougainvillea is a woody tropical vine of the four-o’clock family.’
  • ‘It may be quite tempting to turn your back on mankind behind hedges of bougainvillea, oleander, or myrtle.’
  • ‘A few plants such as bougainvillea and shrimp plants (which bloom with tiny yellow pagodas) flower all year-round, but island gardeners complain that their season is actually quite short.’
  • ‘As he continues along the row, ringing each bell lightly, the sound follows me as my eyes draw me to the bright pink bougainvilleas that reach their limbs and paper-thin petals to the viewpoint.’
  • ‘She was rather thin, with a drawn face and messy hair, the colour of the pink bougainvillea leaves.’
  • ‘There were red and purple bougainvillea flowers, scarlet and apricot hibiscus hedges, flame-of-the-forest trees and the sweetly scented waxy-white flowers of the frangipani trees.’
  • ‘How sad to say good-bye to all of the impatiens that finally grew the way we wanted them to, or the bougainvillea basket that was an eye catcher and the fuchsia that all the neighbors admired.’
  • ‘Farther south, bougainvillea and hibiscus add dramatic color.’

Propagation Of Bougainvillea – Learn How To Propagate Bougainvillea Plants

Bougainvillea is a beautiful tropical perennial that is hardy in USDA zones 9b through 11. Bougainvillea can come as a bush, tree, or vine that produces large amounts of stunning flowers in a slew of colors. But how do you go about propagating bougainvillea seeds and cuttings? Keep reading to learn more about bougainvillea propagation methods, including growing bougainvillea from a cutting and seeds.

How to Propagate Bougainvillea Plants

Bougainvillea plants are commonly propagated by cuttings but seed growing is possible too.

Propagation of Bougainvillea Cuttings

The easiest of bougainvillea propagation methods is to grow it from cuttings. It can be done at any time of the year. To take a cutting from your bougainvillea, look for softwood. This is a part of the plant that isn’t brand new, but isn’t established and overly woody, either.

Cut a length of softwood that is 4 to 5 inches long and has 4 to 6 nodes on it. Nodes are the spots on the branch that either have sprouted smaller branches or contain buds that will sprout soon. If you want, you can dip the end of the cutting in root hormone.

Remove any leaves from the cutting and insert it upright in a mix of one part perlite and one part peat. Sink it one or two inches into the growing medium. Keep the pot very warm. Water and spray your cutting every now and again, but don’t let it get overly wet.

In a few months it should take root and start to grow into a new plant.

Propagating Bougainvillea Seeds

Propagating bougainvillea seeds is less common, but still a decent way to go about the propagation of bougainvillea. In the autumn, your bougainvillea might form seed pods inside the tiny white flower in its center.

Harvest and dry these pods – there should be very small seeds inside. You can plant your seeds at any time of year, as long as they’re kept warm. Be patient, as germination may take a month or longer.

How to Grow Bougainvillea From Cuttings

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Bougainvillea is a tropical plant that should be treated as an annual in colder areas. The plant has tiny white flowers that are barely visible. What is easy to see are the brightly colored bracts around the flowers. Bracts are leaves that take on a different color from other leaves which remain green. Bougainvillea comes in red, bright pink, peach purple and white. This plant grows quickly. Propagating bougainvillea is not difficult and is best done in the spring.

Fill the pots with potting soil. Water until it drains out the drainage holes. Poke a pencil into the soil of the pot to make a hole 2-inches deep.

Open the rooting hormone and place a few tablespoons into a cup. How much depends on how many cuttings you plan on treating to root.

Cut a 4-inch stem of bougainvillea right below a leaf node. Remove any leaves from the bottom 2 inches of stem. Dip 2 inches of the end of the bougainvillea stem into the rooting hormone, making sure the tip is covered with hormone as well. Lightly tap the cutting so the excess falls away.

Place the cutting into the hole. Gently push the soil against the cutting.

Place all the pots or cups on a tray. Cover the tray with the garbage bag and arrange it around the pots and cuttings but not over the cuttings to block the sunlight. The bag retains warmth. Cuttings root more quickly if warm.

Place tray in bright light or sunlight. Cuttings should root between one and three weeks. Gently remove a cutting after 10 days to see if it has rooted. Keep the cuttings moist but not soggy. Don’t let them dry out.

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