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Bougainvillea

£27.00 exc delivery

Choose bougainvillea to remind you of Mediterranean skies. Bougainvillea will do well in the UK and produces masses of colourful flowers over a very long flowering season.

As well as the bushy purple bougainvillea pictured we do have just a few slightly smaller white and pink bougainvilleas available this week. Please do make a note in the special instructions if you would like one of these instead.

50cm high in a 1L pot

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Looking after your Bougainvillea
These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Bougainvilleas are usually grown outdoors in warm Mediterranean countries, However they will also do well on a UK patio in the summer or indoors on a sunny window sill or conservatory. As long as they have enough light, bougainvillea are really very easy to look after and will provide colour for most of the summer. The bright purple and pink tones actually come from their bracts (leaves) and the ’real’ flowers are the white centres.
Light is very important to Bougainvillea. Try and keep it near a window or in a porch or conservatory. On sunny days you can put it out on a patio or balcony. However, don’t let it get too hot or cold, while in a small pot. A cool room is fine, but a draughty porch or a frosty conservatory is not. If it gets below 5 degrees Centigrade it will suffer.
As the flowers fade, pinch out the dead blossoms to encourage growth and make the plant look tidy. You should find that your bougainvillea flowers several times throughout the summer and at the end of each flush of flowers you may need to cut back the dead stalks to keep it neat. Bougainvillea respond well to being quite pot bound so unless your plant really puts on a lot of growth over the summer it should not need repotting until next Spring. At that time you are best to use a slightly acidic free draining compost. Over time in the right spot these pretty plants can grow to a sizeable bush.
In this country the low light levels in the winter months can lead to some leaf drop. Give your plant a light prune in the early spring to tidy it up and it will soon produce a fresh flush of green leaves followed by coloured bracts and flowers. If you are struggling to produce or reproduce the flowering bracts try moving to a sunnier position

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Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea
Apparently bougainvillea was discovered by a french naturalist visiting brazil in 1768 he named it 'Bougainville' after his close friend and ships captain and the name has stuck ever since
Pink, purple and rose bracts
Bougainvilleas grow widely across southern europe and Africa and are a great reminder of sunny holidays. In the UK they are surprisingly easy to grow in a warm sheltered spot. Because the colourful blooms are actually bracts they are very long lasting and after the first flush of summer, the plant will continue to put on new coloured leaves again and again.
Native to Brazil, bougainvillea was imported to the Northern Europe in the 18th Century where Kew gardens and European nurseries introduced it to countries across the globe. These colourful plants have quickly established themselves in peoples hearts and gardens right across southern europe, africa and asia, creating natural hybrids and an increasing number and range of colours.
Season: Apr to Sep
Beautiful flowering and climbing plant that will bloom all summer long in a sunny spot
Further information available at http://hubpages.com/hub/All-about-Bougainvillea

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" This is the second time I have bought a plant from you and the second time I've been completely impressed with this service. The quality of the plant was superb and my mum was absolutely delighted with it. Thanks so much for your care of the plants, and speed. " Kirsty Barr - July 2014
" <p><i>"Just to thank you all so very much for your excellent fulfilling of my order for a bouganvillia (can't spell it - sorry!) sent to relatives in The Broadway Worcestershire last Saturday. The card was beautiful too. The family were absolutely delighted - they did not know that one can send plants this way so it was a lovely surprize. I look forward to ordering again with you in the future. " Rebekah A. - July 2011