Monday, November 1, 2010

How to maintain Bougainvillea bonsai

A Bougainvillea bonsai is a quaint and unique item. You can keep it in your balcony or study corner, or your living room if you like. This decorative item adds a dramatic ambiance wherever you place it. A bonsai generally does not have flowers but a Bougainvillea bonsai with its color and beauty is surely going to mesmerize you with its exclusivity and beauty.

It is important that you take care of your plant because without maintaining the health of the miniature plant it won't survive long. You need to take care about issues like styling, feeding, lighting, temperature and potting and re-potting. These factors all help to determine the health of your Bougainvillea.


The Bougainvillea tree is tropical in nature and needs adequate sunlight. But you should be careful so that your bonsai does not get sunburn. This will ruin the freshness of your tree. 49-54 degree F is the ideal temperature in which the Bougainvillea bonsai is kept either indoor or outdoor.


The bonsai does not need constant watering. It is generally kept dry most of the season. But only for the period of flowering a greater amount of water is required so that it can have enhanced results. So ensure that it gets water during the required time period.


Bougainvillea fertilizer is available in the market depending on the soil type. The fertilizer should be rich in magnesium, iron and phosphorus. So buy the correct fertilizer from the market for your bonsai.


Regular pruning is required for your bonsai. Bougainvillea pruning has a unique style. You can cut during anytime of the year. But preferably you can do it every month so that you can promote a bushy growth. You can cut down the branches a little bit if you feel that they have overgrown. Besides the branches, you can prune the branches also and by doing so you can start making smaller bonsais. You can even prune it to shift it in a larger pot with the help of the Bougainvillea potting soil.

Taking care of your Bougainvillea bonsai is very easy if you follow some basic ground rules. You just have to be careful and pay some attention to this extensively grown tropical vine. Put in some effort in taking care of your bonsai and you will be amazed by the beauty and rush of colors you will get to see.

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