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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Putrajaya Floria 2012 - Bougainvillea Cultivars Part 2

12. Bougainvillea 'Apple Blossom'
Bougainvillea plants are easy to grow and maintain. Generally free of pests and diseases, they thrive best in our Equatorial climate where day and night are equal in length, hence they flower the whole year round. The flowers are in groups of 3 and quite inconspicuous. Their most attractive feature is the papery-thin but brightly coloured bracts that come in many shades.

You can also view my Youtube Video here.

13. Bougainvillea 'Pagoda Orange'
Many cultivars have been produced which are free-flowering, rapid-growing and less thorny or almost thornless. Some have variegated leaves or incomplete flowers.

“Putrajaya Floria 2012 - Bougainvillea Cultivars Part 2”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on July 8th, 2012.

14. Bougainvillea 'Pagoda Red'
PROPAGATION: Bougainvillea plants can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings which can be put straight into the potted soil, flower beds or open ground and soon they will root and grow new shoots. I mean our Malaysian climate.

15. Bougainvillea 'Buttana Praetoria'
SUN: Full sun or at least 5 hours of direct sunlight is needed for maximum blooms. They will not bloom when placed under the shade.

16. Bougainvillea x buttiana 'Rosenka'
SOIL: For planting bougainvilleas in containers, the recommended soil composition is 3:2:1 for topsoil (or burnt soil), organic matter (black soil) and potting sand respectively.  Sand from the dumps is not recommended as it may be toxic to the plant. The soil pH should be 7.0 i.e. neutral. 50 gms or half a hand spade of Zeolite (Rock Phosphate P2O5) powder can be added to a medium sized container as soil treament to break down organic matter in the soil and for slow release of phosphorus which will enhance blooming. This is the recommendation of the Master Garden at Floria 2012.

At home I use equal parts of burnt and black soil. The planting medium should be well draining.

17. Bougainvillea 'Pagoda Pink'
FEEDING: Apply fertilizer fortnightly/monthly depending on the condition of your plant. There are fertilizers made for bougainvillea and bloom inducers for flowering.

18. Bougainvillea 'Variegated Yellow'
WATER: Water thoroughly. Do not let the soil become soggy. Let the soil surface become dry before the next watering. Established plants need less watering. Drier conditions encourages more blooms. The best time to water is in the early morning or late evening.

19. Bougainvillea 'Chilli Red'
PRUNE: Do this at the end of a bloom cycle. Prune off dead wood, unruly branches and twigs. Trim the ends of branches and shoots to shape the plant. Pinch off new shoot-tips for a fuller growth. Pruning will encourage more blooms as flowering occurs at the tips of new shoots.

20. Bougainvillea 'Variegated Yellow Pink'
Bougainvillea will not flower or there will be less blooms when kept indoors, under the shade or over-watered.

21. Bougainvillea 'Mrs Eva Variegated Dark Purple'
You can grow bougainvillea in containers, planter boxes or hanging baskets. On the ground, it can be planted as a solitary bush or in mass-planting as a hedge to line pathways and borders. You can even train it to climb up and beautify an old tree.

22. Bougainvillea 'Elizabeth Angus'
Today marks the last day of Floria 2012, hence this is my last post about it.
Of the 100 or more bougainvillea cultivars, I have only managed to spot 22.
How many can you find?

Hope you have enjoyed my series of blog posts on Floria 2012.
To those who are visiting Floria 2012 today,
I wish you a wonderful and fruitful day!


Updated on 8th July 2012:
It looks like bougainvillea can be grown in many parts of the world!

1. In the USA, bougainvillea is grown in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Pennyslyvania - information from Dave's Garden

2. "Bougainvilleas are popular ornamental plants in most areas with warm climates, including Ethiopia, Indonesia, Aruba, the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Yunnan, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus, Singapore, the Mediterranean region, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the southern mainland United States and Hawaii. Locarno in Switzerland, with its mild Mediterranean climate, is famous for its bougainvilleas".
 - as quoted in Wikipedia.


  1. Now those are some beautiful choices. The colors are outstanding. Just wish I could have one for the yard.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

    1. Cher, bougainvilleas will be a wonderful addition to your yard!

  2. Very lovely!!
    I wonder why I never appreciate this flower before, perhaps there's too many of them everywhere. I don't know. But the ones shown here is lovely Ms Belle, most of them I've not seen before. Make me wanna plant them in my garden but not sure if they can survive :(

    1. Those cultivars with smaller variegated leaves look very nice in small hanging baskets and high planter boxes, also when planted in an apartment balcony where its beautiful blooms are allowed to cascade down. You can even grow in as a bonsai.

  3. The Chili red is indeed red hot and very attractive. Used to have the Pagoda Red and Pink in the home garden when I was young, then their popularity sort of faded and they were given away.

    1. Sean, 'Chilli Red' is my favourite cultivar.

  4. Autumn every last one is beautiful, but I liked the "Rosenka, Pagoda, and the Chilli Red the most. "Oh and thanks for including the care of these lovely plants. I don't know if we have such beauties in America. I haven't seen these particular varieties.. but as you stated these grow well in your climate. Beautiful!...

    1. Vetsy, yes! you have such beauties in America. It is native to Brazil in South America. I have updated the info at the bottom of my post.

  5. I am waiting for your grafted plant in full bloom. Mother has a few pots but she already placed them direct on the soil because of the dry season. Now it is rooted on the ground and sending long branches, that it what i don't like in bougainvillea. But we cannot just leave them in pots because we lack water on dry seasons. I wish i have wide space so i can train them on a trellis, but there's none, so left it disorganized near the edges.

    1. My grafted plant is still growing slowly. I bought it when it was very very young, so it'll take some time to get established. The white plasters/bandages are still there. First I thought there are 3 colours,then I got 4. I am now wondering (very greedy) if there is more colour ^-^

  6. Beautiful flowers and great information. I cannot easily grow these plants in my climate so I will just enjoy them in your garden.

  7. I had good information about this plant! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  8. I missed out on so many details. :-( I hope I get a chance to visit again next year. I will specifically request that Floria opening day schedule be at our leisure. Your pictures are great! The series showed so many different colors.

  9. me tak sempat nk amek gambar bunge kertas banyak2 .. chantekk tuuu

  10. Wow, I didn't know Bougainvillea came in so many different colors and shapes. Thanks for all the great photos and info!

  11. Wow! So many beautiful colors! I have only seen a few of the colors, but you showed many more!

  12. i love love love bougainvillea A LOT and there is one house near my in-law's place with 2 huge and super gorgeous bougainvillea trees. every time i pass by, i wold admire these pretty trees and wondered why the one i planted for 2 years bears no single flower at all. :(

  13. Wonderful bougainvilleas! We don't have any of them in Finland...

  14. Thank you for stopping by! Have a nice Thursday!


  15. Thankfully, Bougainvillea is an un-thirsty plant that I love and grow. We have the famous " San Diego Red" Bougainvillea- that is how popular and beloved the plant is. Ha, ha - I am laughing at your comment that all you need is to push cutting into potting soil/ ground and they will the Malaysian climate. I can attest that it is not so in San Diego!! I will making cuttings of "San Diego Red" Bougainvillea for my Temecula garden soon so I might seek your advice.

    1. Mom on Blog, yes, Bougainvillea is indeed a drought tolerant plant - even during our hot weather days, I need not water it daily. And indeed in Malaysia, we can just root the cutting directly on the soil - no need for rooting hormones, shade or green houses. Some nurseries are selling the seedlings at only RM4 per poly bag. Good luck with your "San Diego Red". Hope to see it adorn your beautiful home soon.


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