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Bougainvillea spectabilis theema - Plant

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Bougainvilleas love hot, dry, sunny spaces and they seem to perform better when slightly neglected, so don t be to attentive to your plant and it should thrive. Water thoroughly and then allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out before you water again. The easiest way to test the soil moisture content is to stick your finger into it.

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Description for Bougainvillea spectabilis theema

Bougainvillea spectabilis, also known as great bougainvillea, is a species of flowering plant. It is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina s Chubut Province.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Great Bougainvillea Purple, red, pink and yellow Seasonal bloomer 15.00 to 40.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

At that time I did not care about the quality of soil and also gave only nitrogen fertilizer so the plant grew in uncontrollable proportion with very less flowers. I was fed-up with the wild growth of the bougainvillea plant, I wanted it to be very small, though not as small as a bonsai.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun well-drained soil Medium 40 degree F Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Bougainvillea spectabilis theema

    As bougainvillea generally blooms on new growth, you should cut back the branches that have finished flowering. This will force plant to produce new growth and bougainvillea to bloom.Because the new flowers develop at the new growth, the more they are pruned the more new growth will be encouraged.

Typical uses of Bougainvillea spectabilis theema

Special features: Plants can be grown in containers and used around pools, giving a distinctive southern feel to an area. They can also be espaliered or trained on a standard or grown in a large basket. They are large billowing plants that have a nice texture as well as colorful flower bracts.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Methanolic extracts of flower bracts of Bougainvillea spectabilis are very good pH indicators. Flowers of Bougainvillea are edible, it can be eaten fresh and have gently bitter taste, thats gives feeling of refreshment. ... Infusion from flowers is drunk as a remedy for low blood pressure.

References

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.mykitchengarden.info/

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