BOUGAINVILLEA

A deciduous climber which is not reliably hardy in this country and can usually only be grown successfully in a greenhouse. It is a familiar sight on the Mediterranean coasts where the carmine-rose flowers cover many walls and buildings in summer. Bougainvillea glabra is the best known species and should be given plenty of water in summer. It is best planted in the soil of the greenhouse rather than in pots and may be trained on wires fixed to the roof. A minimum winter temperature of 45-50 degrees F is desirable. Increase by 4 in. long cuttings of half-ripe shoots in August.

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