Native to South America, the Bougainvillea is highly desired as a Bonsai for its vigorous growth and tolerance of pruning, wiring and shaping. Bougainvilleas are known for their blooms with gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers which grow in clusters of three. They are fast-growing and tolerate pruning very well—the flowers of the Bougainvillea range in colour from yellow, orange, red, pink and purple.
Young Bougainvilleas offered are just getting to the age of bloom and we cannot guarantee what colour the flowers on our Young pre-bonsai will be.
Being sensitive plants, Bougainvilleas will lose flowers during the shipping process, but when kept in warm temps with lots of humidity, they will bloom year-round.
- It loves the full sun and high temperatures for producing flowers. In the winter, the Bougainvillea should not be exposed to temperatures below 10°C.
- Watering: This Bonsai should be watered whenever the soil gets dry. Avoid constant soil wetness to prevent root rot.
- Training: wiring is best recommended on younger shoots and twigs. Older branches should not be wired as they are very stiff and can snap easily.
- Pruning: Pruning is best recommended to be done in the Fall or Winter, after flowering.
- Re-potting: re-pot once every 2-3 years and older ones once every 3-5 years.
YOUNG: 8”-16” tall in a 5”/6” grower pot.
MATURE SHOHIN: 8"-12" tall in a 6" ceramic bonsai pot.
MATURE: 14”-18” tall in a 10” ceramic bonsai pot - Very thick trunk.
UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, our planned inventory for the whole summer was bought out in hours. To ensure you receive future inventory updates first, please sign up for our newsletter, as we send out inventory releases to our subscribers first and if any stock is left we advertise it to the general public.
We are hoping to restock our Bougainvillea inventory in the coming weeks.
These are not seeds - But an Actual Living Bonsai Tree.
Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).
It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai.
Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own.
Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures.
Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)
10% Potting Compost
Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)
If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix.
Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required.
Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.
- Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute.
- Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
- Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it.
One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.
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