'Bougainvillea'

FAMILY: Bougainvillea

USES: Strong and continual flowering. Does well as a shrub, hedge – clipped or unclipped, groundcover, container plant, en masse, as a climber, in planters and on structures.

SIZE: Grows 3 – 4m tall with a 3m spread at a rate of 2m p/a or more.

LOCATION: Full sun and reflected heat to partial shade. Requires some protection from salty coastal winds

SOIL: Best in an organically enriched fertile soil with a pH 5.6 – 7.5, acidic to neutral. Will show leaf chlorosis if soil is too alkaline or saline.

FERTILISER: Apply a slow release 15:8:11 NPK with trace elements together with Fe chelate and seaweed as a soil drench every 4 months. Do not use too much N.

WATER: Keep soil moist. Moderately drought tolerant for short periods only. Does not accept over irrigation or waterlogging.