Bougainvillea are an immensely showy, floriferous and hardy plant. Virtually pest-free and disease resistant, it rewards its owner with an abundance of color and vitality when it is well looked after.

Care & Maintenance: Helen Johnson Dwarf Problems

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With support from Bougainvillea Expert: Kellie P.






Question/Concern
Several weeks ago I purchased 15 BGI Helen Johnson Dwarfs for planting in South Florida. At the time of purchase the leaves were intensly green with heavy blossoms. I have planted them in a row, hoping for a colorful and manageable hedge. They receive direct sun for 60-70% of the day. I have watered them every other day, trying not to either under or over water. For the most part the blossoms have all dropped. In several cases the leaves have also dropped exposing bare stems. In two plants the leaves are turning yellow and dropping. What I am doing wrong?

Answer/Solution
It sounds like you're over-watering them. Reduce the watering to only "as needed". If you live in South Florida, you'll remember that we had heavy, frequent rains for the past week. During those rainy spells, there's no need to water your bougainvillea. Check out our watering section of our website for details. In addition to the rains, the cooler weather is also playing a part in the thinning of bougainvillea plants. With night time temperatures in the low 40's and 50's...it's bound to have an effect on new plantings - especially smaller plantings like your 2 gallons. It looks like better weather is ahead so your bougainvillea should come back soon. Fertilize with Bougain, water only as needed, and if we get some better, dry weather, you should start to see new buds in 2-3 weeks.

Bougainvillea Jewelry

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Hand-crafted by artisans in Montreal, each bougainvillea is a one-of-a-kind work of art. As unique as a snowflake or fingerprint, each bougainvillea varies as found in nature. 

Bougainvillea bracts are carefully pressed at the peak of their vibrancy, encapsulated in clear resin, and polished to a supreme finish, making them water-proof and durable. 

Each pendant is a unique work of art reflecting a personality of their own, and adds an air of playfulness and natural beauty to any individual.

Pendants are lightweight and vary in size, but are on average 1.5"H X 1"W.

Color ranges from pink (both dark and light), fuchsia, and purple.

Pendant has silver hardware, and hangs on a 17" silver thread-like chain that is almost invisible when worn, so it appears that the pendant is "floating". The chain is adjustable to 18.5" length.

Each pendant necklace arrives boxed in a decorative silver-foil box, so it's ready to send immediately as a gift! A thoughtful, uncommon gift for anyone who loves color, flowers, nature, or unique jewelry.

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DVD, Bougainvillea Magic

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This highly informative DVD was filmed on location at BGI. It contains all the care and maintenance secrets you need to grow incredible, blooming bougainvillea.

Video Length: 19 min, 35 sec
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Brighten Up Your Life with Bougainvillea

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This soft cover book of 98 pages is sure to influence your love for bougainvillea, once more.

American Nurseryman Review

“This book is designed not only for the specialist horticulturist but for the weekend occasional gardener as well. It has a step-by-step approach that encourages rather than intimidates the average casual gardener who likes to potter around.


Eric Simon provides an abundance of colored photographs of these versatile plants set around the house and in public places. This is an imaginative approach to demonstrate that with some creativity, a house can be transformed into a home and a public place, a park. These photographs from his own collection, taken over the years, add a personal touch to this book, compiled and written with patience, knowledge and good humor.

This book is not so much about the physiology or the history of the bougainvillea. It is rather a book that is dedicated to helping the keen tropical gardener get the very best out of his collection, from plant selection to planting, pruning and all the maintenance work necessary to promote new growth.”

Book Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • History
  • How to Grow
  • Climate/Site Conditions
  • Soil Preparation
  • Planting
  • Ground Planting
  • Watering
  • Fertilizing
  • Beware of Wandering Roots and Watershoots
  • Pruning
  • Propagation
  • Stem Cutting
  • Wedge Grafting
  • Root Grafting
  • Tip Layering
  • Practical Tips & Interesting Observations
  • Making a Successful Living With Bougainvillea
  • Landscaping With Bougainvillea
  • Where to See Bougainvillea
  • The Common Varieties
  • Acknowledgments
Written by Eric Simon, horticultural consultant to the property development sector in Kuala Lumpur, President of the Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society, and active committee member of the Orchid Society of Malaysia.

Buy The Book: Brighten Up Your Life with Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea Standard

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A bougainvillea standard or bougainvillea tree is great for is great for landscaping. Bougainvillea standard have strong, twisted (braided) trunks that make it durable and straight. For an optimal look, ensure your bougainvillea standard is a minimum of 3 to 4 feet in height before planting.

In some cases, a good stake is needed for support until the trunk is thick enough to support the crown - this may take several years.

You can purchase bougainvillea standard from Bougainvillea Growers International.

Bougainvillea Availability by Video

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Bougainvillea Growers International is revolutionizing the way wholesalers, landscape architects, and garden centers buy wholesale bougainvillea.

The days of spreadsheets and static data are virtually gone, instead, get a live video representation of what is available for you to buy. Judge your purchasing power by the quality of the inventory, not by the name or price.

Learn more about BGI's Bougainvillea Availability videos.

You can also learn more about bougainvillea by watching their product profile videos.