Bougainvillea is the bold luminous flower that celebrates life even during those hideous steel grey cloudy days. Its a rampant knock out plant. It requires pruning to keep it under control. Young plants may require tip-pinching instead of pruning to help them fill out and grow bushy.
If you get pricked with a bougainvillea it hurts. And you can't just mow over the bastard - thorns are everywhere. They put out random spurs up to 2 inches long. What do you do? Live with it - the flower is a show stopper. Young bougainvillea branches have smaller thorns, and fewer of them. Wear gardening gloves, and avoid reaching your arm into the plant.
Bougainvilleas are flexible. They can be trained in many different ways including as prostrate bougainvilleas.
Bougainvilleas are straightforward plants to grow.
THINGS TO KNOW
1. Frost-free climate but will recover from a light frost.
2. Likes most soil types provided they've got good drainage.
3. Loves full sun - half a day's sun they'll still thrive.
4. Never add too much nitrogen (that will reduce the flower). The key ingredient is potassium or potash. Hibiscus fertiliser is perfect
Hatiora or drunken bones is a fabulous trailing vertical garden plant. The plant is fabulous for creating artful arrangements in contemporary planters. The plant we sell is is known as Hatiora salicornioides or Rhipsalis salicornioides. It is made of many-branched stems that are up to 60 cm in length. It can be located indoors and outdoors. Likes light shade.
Buy Rhipsalis capilliformis or Old Mans Beard. A great hanging plant. It needs average amounts of water but be careful to not overwater. It has a small white flower. Looks fabulous against orange! Creates a sculptural tuft - perfect for modern hanging planters.
Rhipsalis pilocarpa is another fabulous trailing or hanging plant.
This plant likes humidity and its roots being kept dry (be careful to not dry out completely). Rhipsalis pilocarpa grows well in diffuse light or dappled shade and is tolerant of bright light. Great indoor plant.
Senecio rowleyanus or Mother of Pearl Vertical Garden Plant. Fabulous trailing plant. It grows best in bright light . When growing the plant needs around 22 C. During its dormancy, however, you’ll need to provide cooler conditions, generally somewhere between 10-13 C. This plant is drought tolerant, surviving long periods without water. Watering too often can increase the chances of root rot.
Note: Mildly Toxic- take care when growing in homes with pets or small children.