Re: Bougainvilleas

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Posted by Newt on July 20, 2002 at 20:15:40:

In Reply to: Bougainvilleas posted by Elisa Salat on July 13, 2002 at 05:03:18:

: I have some Bougainvilleas that are just starting to grow and I would like to know what kind of fertilizer I should use to promote rich color and good blooms. I was told 20-20-20 but cannot find it anywhere. Do they need acid? Please advise
: Thanks


I'm finding conflicting information. Some sites say they thrive on neglect and others say to fertilize. From my personal knowledge of vines (not this one though), vines seem to do better if they only get compost as a topdressing or mixed in the planting bed. Most of the sites that I found that recommend fertilizing were about the plant in a pot.

I did a search at www.google.com and put in quotes and used a plus sign like this: "how to grow" + "bougainvillea" and got 113 hits.

Here's two:
http://www.bhg.com.au/gardening.nsf/Content/Plant+encyclopedia+-+Bougainvillea?openDocument&print=yes

http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/facts/2000/garden/bougainvillea_41.html

Good luck,
Newt

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