Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’ is the only true dwarf bougainvillea that we have found to have the best growth pattern and most reliable flowering habit. This cultivar is ideal for use as bougainvillea groundcover, and is absolutely stunning as a mass planting! New growth opens coppery orange, maturing into a uniform pink color. Bracts are small and twisted in arrangement. Leaves are small, opening greenish-tan, maturing to a dark-green.
Helen Johnson is a true dwarf bougainvillea with short internodes and an extremely slow growth habit. Average size at full maturity is less than 3 feet. This variety is best suited for training into a bush form.
2-3’ tall and wide. Can be pruned to stay smaller.
Full, direct sun. A minimum of 5 hours a day.
Low once established. Water regularly after planting to encourage a deep root system, then reduce to only as needed. Bougainvillea are drought-tolerant plants and perform beautifully in any xeriscape (Landscaping that doesn’t require a lot of water), or other environmental design minimizing the need for water use.
Use BOUGAIN® Quick Release Bloom Boost every 30 days.
Trimming and Pinching
After each blooming cycle (approximately every 4-6 weeks), trim or pinch the soft tips of young plants stems to encourage new growth. Pinching means removing the growing tip. This will create multiple offshoots, thicken the plant’s appearance, and yield a more colorful bougainvillea.
Planting or Re-potting
Take care not to disturb the bougainvillea’s delicate root system during planting or re-potting. Never pull on the stem of the plant as their weak roots can be easily severed. We highly recommended that you plant bougainvillea in their nursery pots with the bottom of the pot cut out. Use a quick-drain soil suitable for bougainvillea like BGI Select Soil.
Performs best in hardiness zones 9-11, but can be used as annual color in colder climates.
In the Southeastern U.S., Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’ flowers most heavily from October through June, but can flower sporadically year-round if dry conditions exist. Evergreen.
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