Become the Envy of Your Neighborhood by Planting a Bougainvillea!
We have some stunning varieties of Bougainvillea in stock. Bougainvillea is a woody vine from South America, found in Peru, Brazil and Argentina. In the milder areas of the Bay Area, it is evergreen, but can be semi-deciduous or deciduous in colder areas. They can withstand mild frost, but severe frost can damage their roots. Plant in a container if you live where temperatures get much below 32 degrees, and keep in a greenhouse or on a porch in colder weather.
The bright colors which create the visual impact of the vine, are not the actual flowers, but the bracts (a modified leaf which grows with the true flower in its axil). This is also true of Poinsettias, the red, pink or white looking leaves are actually bracts. The true flower of the Bougainvillea is small and white, and hard to see when looking at a multitude of pink, purple or red bracts!
Bougainvillea is a wonderful choice for planting outside the front of your house for a colorful impact. Or growing on a pergola or arbor for shade. This versatile plant, can also be grown as a staked tree, a shrub, a ground cover or in a hanging basket. When grown as a traditional vine, it will need to be trained like other vines and secured to a trellis or other support, as the branches can become heavy.
Pick a nice sunny spot for growing, preferably west or south facing, where it can soak up the heat of the day. If there’s reflected heat from a driveway or patio, they will be really happy and the growth rate will be fast!
Bougainvilleas can be a little fussy to establish. Try not to disturb their roots when you plant them. Wear some thick gloves, as most have big thorns! Tip upside down and lift the bucket off, without touching the roots, if possible, and place gently in a hole. Add some fertilizer, to help aid in establishing the plant’s roots, and mix in some soil conditioner with the native soil to improve drainage. Bougainvilleas like mildly acid or neutral soil: pH 5.6-7. Make sure to water regularly until established. But once the root system has developed, water occasionally only.
Pick up one of these cultivars, available in 5 gallon containers:
Bougainvillea ‘Miami Pink’
This cultivar is hot fuchsia purple, a color that looks stunning against white or pastel walls, as well as dark gray! A vigorous grower, trail up an arbor, so you can relax and enjoy the display. Or plant in hanging baskets on a front porch to welcome you home everyday. Grows 10-15′ high and 6-10′ wide. USDA Zones 9-11.