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How To Keep Your Bougainvillea Pretty & Blooming !
Bougainvilleas like to grow in full sun for best blooming and fullness(but can tolerate some shade but tend to get more thin).
They like to be moderately watered. Too much water is probably one of the top reasons for lack of bloom. Be sure that the soil is a well draining soil (sand rather than clay). You may need to adjust you irrigation so that they receive less water than the sod, etc. (once established)
When fertilizing, look for low nitrogen mixes. Our recommendation is to 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 to use as well. Bougies sometimes enjoy a feeding of minerals such as ironite or milorganite as well.
Trim hard when not in full bloom to encourage fullness of growth. Plant in areas where there can be space for the plant to be more comfortable in size. Plant Patio trees or the Dwarf Pixies or Variegated varieties in Patio & walkway settings for less maintenance.
Bougies are known as a fast growing plant. In order to tame the beast a little, 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 pot. This proves 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 lip 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 plant to bloom better by 'stressing' it (by having the root ball somewhat constricted).