Bougainvilleas like to grow in full sun but can tolerate some shade.
They like to be moderately watered. Too much water is probably one of the chief reasons for lack of bloom. Be sure that the soil is a well draining soil(sand rather than clay). You may need to adjust your irrigation so that they receive less water than the so.
When fertilizing, look for low nitrogen mixes. You can use a balanced mix like a 6-6-6 or an 8-8-8. There are blooming fertilizers such as a 2-10-10 that are good. Bougainvilleas sometimes enjoy a feeding of minors such as ironite or milorganite.
Bougainvillea Planting Tips
We suggest that you consider planting bougainvilleas (especially 7 gallon and 15 gallon) in the pot. Leave the plant in the container and cut big holes in the side of the port (or cut off the bottom of the pot). This provides the protection for the delicate root system and allows the roots to escape as the plant grows. For aesthetics you may find that you also need to remove the top lit of the pot. Our customers have found this to be beneficial. It protects the plants from transplant shock initially. In the long run it seems to cause the plat to bloom better by ‘stressing it’ (by having the root ball somewhat constricted).
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