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Bougainvillea spp Plant Care Reminders

Bougainvillea

Paper Flower

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General Information

  • Instruction By Steve Brigham
    Notes In coastal Southern California, bougainvilleas seldom get frost damage and often bloom all year. In these climate zones, they are easy to grow and practically maintenance-free.
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Protect

    Protect from heavy frost.
    February
    1. Protect

    Protect from heavy frost.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer. Do not overfeed, since too much fertilizer will inhibit blooming.
    4. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    5. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    4. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    4. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    5. Propagate

    Propagate from stem cuttings taken from mature spring growth.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer. Do not overfeed, since too much fertilizer will inhibit blooming.
    4. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    5. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    6. Propagate

    Propagate from stem cuttings taken from mature spring growth.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    4. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    5. Propagate

    Propagate from stem cuttings taken from mature spring growth.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    4. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer. Do not overfeed, since too much fertilizer will inhibit blooming.
    4. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    5. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.
    2. Plant

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.
    3. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    4. Prune

    Prune to shape if necessary.
    November
    1. Water

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.
    December
    1. Protect

    Protect from heavy frost.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    February

    Buy plants this month.

    March

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    April

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    May

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    June

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    July

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    August

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    September

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    October

    Buy plants in bloom to get the color you want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    April

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    May

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    June

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    July

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    August

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    September

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    October

    Plant container-grown plants, being careful not to disturb the roots when planting.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer. Do not overfeed, since too much fertilizer will inhibit blooming.

    June

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer. Do not overfeed, since too much fertilizer will inhibit blooming.

    September

    Feed lightly with a balanced fertilizer. Do not overfeed, since too much fertilizer will inhibit blooming.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    March

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    April

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    May

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    June

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    July

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    August

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    September

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    October

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    November

    Water moderately during dry periods, but do not overwater.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    March

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    April

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    May

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    June

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    July

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    August

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    September

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    October

    Prune to shape if necessary.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect from heavy frost.

    February

    Protect from heavy frost.

    December

    Protect from heavy frost.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    May

    Propagate from stem cuttings taken from mature spring growth.

    June

    Propagate from stem cuttings taken from mature spring growth.

    July

    Propagate from stem cuttings taken from mature spring growth.

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