The Bougainvillea is very suitable tree to use for Bonsai, with stunning (big) flowers in various colors. It originates in South America and is considered a (sub) tropical tree specie.
Position: The Bougainvillea, being a subtropical tree, needs a relatively high minimum temperature in winter and prefers lots of light as well. Protect it from freezing temperatures.
Watering: Normal watering, misting is advisable as the tree likes high humidity.
Feeding: No specifics.
Pruning: To increase ramifications prune/pinch the tree regularly during the growth season. If you wish to grow thicker branches or a thicker trunk remove the flowers at all times, but do not prune the branches.
Repotting: The Bougainvillea needs to be repotted once every 2-3 years, and dislikes strong root pruning.
Propagation: Use cuttings for the Bougainvillea bonsai during the summer.
For tree identification use our Identify my bonsai tree species guide or go to the Bonsai care forum.
General guidelines can be found in our Bonsai tree care section or in the outdoor & indoor bonsai pages.
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