Bonsai Bougainvillea

bonsai bougainvillea

Welcome to our information on Bonsai Bougainvillea

If you know anything about the Bougainvillea, you would probably agree that it makes for a pretty and colourful Bonsai tree!

The Bougainvillea Bonsai Tree is a colourful species that features many wonderful attributes. Being able to grow both vertically and horizontally, the Bougainvillea is a perfect choice for those that enjoy styling and shaping their trees. It is known to require much upkeep, and would suit a Bonsai enthusiast that is able to maximise it's brilliant features, with much love and care.

Native to South America, the Bougainvillea Bonsai prefers warmer climates, and you will find it is able to grow comfortably anywhere that has sunlight.

The wonderful range of colourful flowers found throughout the variety of species, is what entices Bonsai enthusiasts and gardeners alike.......

Flowering mainly in Winter and in early Spring, the Bougainvillea Bonsai will be sure to please you with its brilliant blooms. Ranging from white through yellows, oranges reds, pinks, and purples, with the added option of single or double blooms. Just Beautiful!

As we said earlier, the Bonsai Bougainvillea tree requires more attention than your standard Bonsai.

Lets make this simple for you!

Before reading on though, ensure you understand basic Bonsai care, and be sure to check out our 'How To' Guides and some specific instructions!

Moving on to our Bonsai Bougainvillea care tips..........

Soil, Lighting, & Watering

• Bonsai Bougainvillea require a mix of both sandy and premium Bonsai soil. Be sure to water your Bonsai immediately after potting

• The Bougainvillea requires well drained soil so ensure you use grit as a base component!

• The Bonsai Bougainvillea thrives on sunlight, however, too much sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. If this is the case, place your Bougainvillea Bonsai Tree into partial shade to let the foliage repair. This can become tricky as you walk a fine line between too little sun, or too much. BE VIGILANT!!

• The Bougainvillea Bonsai prefers slightly drier conditions, so be sure not to over water. Good drainage will assist in effective watering. During its flowering period it will enjoy extra watering to maintain health and vitality.


• Your Bonsai Bougainvillea loves to be fertilized. Try once every week to ten days throughout the growing season (Spring)

• Use a low-nitrogen feed


• Repot your Bonsai Bougainvillea in Spring. Make sure you do not prune back the roots too harshly as this may affect the survival of your tree. Do not remove more than a third of all roots!

• Be sure to compact soil after re-potting and give your Bougainvillea a good watering

• The Bougainvillea can be propagated from the cuttings you collect while pruning your plant

• An ideal cutting will be about six inches in length, and should be placed in pots that you have already prepared with your sand/grit and Soil. Do not place your cuttings in direct sunlight until they have developed roots, and make sure you give them a good watering in these early days.

Pruning & Wiring

• You can prune your Bougainvillea Bonsai any time of the year. The best option is to mark a day on your calendar every month to six weeks, and dedicate it to pruning your Bonsai. This will help promote a bushy plant while taking care of all the untidy growth.

• Blooming usually occurs on new growth, so prune back after blooms begin to die off

• It may be beneficial to seal all cuts on your Bougainvillea Bonsai if it is prone to rot. If you experience any rot, cut out this section completely

• You can wire your Bougainvillea Bonsai any time of year, but be careful not to wire too tight as this may damage the trunk or branches of your tree, and worse still make it susceptible to rot. Use a sealing compound to dress any wound your tree may suffer

• As far as shaping and styling goes, try for a Formal or Informal Upright style

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