Whether growing in a pot or in the garden, needs at least 6 hours of full sun a day. This ensures an abundance of flowering and keeps the plant looking good.
Water a newly planted bougainvillea frequently to keep the soil moist. Once the plant is established, it blooms best if the soil is a little on the dry side. Water the plant until liquid drips through the drainage hole, then don’t water again until the potting mixture feels slightly dry. However, don’t allow the soil to become completely dry because a water-stressed plant won’t bloom. Water the plant immediately if it looks wilted.
Bougainvillea is a heavy feeder and requires regular fertilization to produce blooms throughout the growing season. You can use a water-soluble fertilizer mixed at half strength every 7 to 14 days, or apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring and midsummer.
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