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Bougainvillea glabra


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

Pink, Mixed





Skill level


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Plant details

The South American bougainvillea needs to be grown in a heated conservatory border or large 30cm pot, where the restricted root space means it will not hit the 8m mark which it will in ideal conditions. Flamboyant and fun, it has a rich covering of purple-magenta papery bracts (the real flowers are tucked away inside) from summer to autumn. When pruning, cut back the side shoots leaving three to four buds. Provide a high nitrogen feed when it comes into growth, followed by a high potash feed when the buds appear. Keep just moist in winter.

Family: Nyctaginaceae

Genus: Bougainvillea

Species: glabra

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Pink, Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

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I have a bougainvillea growing in my garden unfortunately although growing well (its about 10' tall and bushy) it doesnt flower which is very dissapointing...... I live in the North East of England, is this a factor?

Muhammad Ahmad

It needs full sun and less water for flowering.It should get 11 to 12 hours of sun


mine dries out so quick in my conservatory,i was told to let it completely dry in between watering, it's now loosing its leaves last of flowers just about finished, its about 8ft tall, do i cut down as it has 3 about 3 very tall branches,?

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