Bougainvilleas thrive in hot, sunny areas in the
garden. From the desert to the sea, they're right
at home even in the most adverse of conditions.
When planting your bougainvillea, be aware that
the roots will not hold the rootball together. It's
advisable to cut the bottom out of the container
when planting, then slip or cut the pot away from
Keep the new shoots tied to their supports to prevent whipping in the wind and watch
out for the thorns.
Younger plants can be damaged or even killed by heavy frost, so be prepared to provide
some winter protection if heavy frost is predicted.
1. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
2. Using E.B. Stone Planting Compost mix one part soil and one part planting mix.
3. Place a small handful of E.B. Stone Sure Start in the bottom of the hole and
incorporate into the soil.
4. Make sure the top of the original root ball is one inch above surrounding soil.
5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets.
6. Water in with Bonide Plant Starter.
1. Feed monthly with E.B. Stone All Purpose Fertilizer. During the summer switch over
to Grow More Super Bloomer to encourage stronger flowering.
2. Control leaf chlorosis or yellowing by applying Iron Supplement in mid-spring and again in the fall.
3. In September, an application of E.B. Stone Sul-Po-Mag will help prepare them for
winter to be more resistant to cold.
Keep soil moist to the touch, but don't over water.
Nip back the long growth during the growing season which will help increase flowering.
Prune to renew plant shape, redirect growth and remove any dead or dying wood.
Major pruning should be done only after all danger of frost.