Real World Gardener Bambino Bougainvilleas are Plant of the Week

November 26th, 2015

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Bambino Bougainvilleas

The original species of Bougainvillea vine comes from South America and can grow quite huge.


photo. Margot Anderson

The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six papery bracts with bright colours gardeners and plant lovers  know and love about this plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow.

Too big for balcony gardeners or courtyard gardens, there is an alternative for lovers of these show vines.

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Bouganvillea%2Bflowers1.jpgIf you like the gaudy show stopping colours of Bougainvilleas but can’t have one of those big ones in your garden, then the next best option is one of those baby Boges.

Similar flowers but a much neater and more contained habit.

Bougainvilleas will drop their leaves in dry times or if they receive too much watering.

You need to experiment with what works best for your plant.

Prune off any suckering canes that come from the base to keep the natural shape of your Bougainvillea.

Did you know that Bambinos Boges came from an intensive breeding program by Jan and Peter Iredell of Bougainvillea Nursery in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia?


Over the last 40 years the Iredells have been collecting Bougainvillea cultivars from all over the world and through selective breeding they came up with the Bambino® family.

This just goes to show that Bougainvilleas are truly suited to most of Australia's climate.

These are the truest dwarf Bougainvilleas available.

The Bambino Boges will do well in container planting for many years to come but if you try to grow a large cane Bougainvillea in a pot, expect around a maximum of 6 years life before you need to purchase another one.

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