Outdoor bonsai

These are trees that, by their nature, must be placed outside, ideal for balconies, gardens and terraces

Bouganvillea glabra

Family

Nyctaginaceae

Origin

Brazil

Etymology

Its name comes from the botanist Bougainville.

Bouganvillea glabra

Characteristics

Climbing thorny plant. Much appreciated for pergolas thanks to its year-round flowering in Mediterranean climates.


Place

In zones of Mediterranean climate the tree can be placed outside during the whole year. In colder zones you have to protect it against frost.


Irrigation

Abundant in summer and in moderation the rest of the year. Take care of the quality of water as the leaves of this tree have a tendency to yellow if it contains too much chlorine.


Fertilization

In spring and autumn.

Transplant

Every 2 years, at the beginning of spring.

Substratum

100% Akadama, or a mixture of Akadama with 20% of volcanic earth or with 20% of Kanuma.


Pruning and nipping

Pruning

At the beginning of spring.

Nipping

When branches have 6 to 8 leaves cut off leaving 2 leaves. Eliminate vine shoots which are too strong.

Fencing

In spring.


Curiosities

The bougainvillea’s pink, purple and violet flowers are only three sepals which protect in its interior the veritable flowers, which are small, yellow, tubular and grouped inside of a wrapping.


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Bouganvillea glabra