Plant Care Lesser Bougainvillea

Lesser Bougainvillea

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Lesser Bougainvillea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Lesser Bougainvillea has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Lesser Bougainvillea

Lesser Bougainvillea is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and easy to bloom with a whopping 536 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Lesser Bougainvillea likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Lesser Bougainvillea belongs to the Bougainvillea genus, and is native to Brazil and Peru.

Taxonomy

Bougainvillea glabra
Bougainvillea
Nyctaginaceae
Caryophyllales

Also known as

Paperflower

How to care for Lesser Bougainvillea

💦 Water

How often to water your Lesser Bougainvillea

Water needs for Lesser Bougainvillea
0.5 cups
every 9

Lesser Bougainvillea needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Lesser Bougainvillea

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Lesser Bougainvillea in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Lesser Bougainvillea: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Lesser Bougainvillea love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Lesser Bougainvillea does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Lesser Bougainvillea in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Lesser Bougainvillea

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Lesser Bougainvillea: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Lesser Bougainvillea after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Lesser Bougainvillea is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Lesser Bougainvillea →

Common Lesser Bougainvillea Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Lesser Bougainvillea prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Lesser Bougainvillea Water Frequency →

Lesser Bougainvillea Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Lesser Bougainvillea requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Lesser Bougainvillea Light Requirements →

Lesser Bougainvillea Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

Lesser Bougainvillea Toxicity to Dogs →


🪴 Soil

Lesser Bougainvillea does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Lesser Bougainvillea →


💩 Fertilizer

Lesser Bougainvillea is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern
🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Lesser Bougainvillea can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Lesser Bougainvillea Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Lesser Bougainvillea can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Lesser Bougainvillea

Lesser Bougainvillea

Lesser Bougainvillea


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Lesser Bougainvillea has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
Lesser Bougainvillea has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Lesser Bougainvillea has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 1
Lesser Bougainvillea has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 1
Lesser Bougainvillea has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Lesser Bougainvillea has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 710 XP
07/22/2021

When I got mine it was lush with pink flowers. Then we had a heatwave combined with torrential rain, both of which the plant was exposed to I think. Unfortunately the leaves and flowers dropped but the leaves are growing back now. So gorgeous when in bloom!

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leaf-1 44 Plants
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globe Tyler, TX
05/16/2021

If you wanna boost the growth of this plant you better be ready to deal with aphids

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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