Bougainvillea glabra - Bougainvillea

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Bougainvillea glabra - Bougainvillea

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Bougainvillea can become a large plant if not controlled. The plant prefers full sun and a well drained potting mix. Actively growing bougainvilleas like a moist soil but should be kept drier in winter. Leaf drop occurs if the plant gets too dry but leaf drop in autumn is normal. Fertilizer recommendations vary, but any house plant fertilizer, used according to label directions, should give good results. Use less fertilizer during the winter. Ideal temperatures are 70 to 80 degrees during the day and 60 to 65 degrees at night. Bougainvillea needs 14 hour nights to flower. Cut the plant back to about 12 inches after flowering. New growth can be pinched to encourage branching.

Propagation is by stem tip cuttings.

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