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Bougainvillea ‘Sundown Orange’

Bougainvillea ‘Sundown Orange’ is a relatively new variety of bougainvillea to Florida, but has already gathered a huge fan base.  Her unique bracts open as deep orange, then turn to coral, and finally mature into a salmon-pink.  Her tri-coloring works so well with the color schemes of Floridian homes and architecture; she’s quickly becoming the favorite among weekend gardeners and landscape designers.  Leaves are dark green and broadly ovate.

Characteristics

Sundown Orange‘s moderate growth habit and full growth pattern is easy to maintain and produce heavy flowering.  This highly versatile variety is suitable for bush, trellis, standard, and hanging baskets.

Mature Size

10-20’ tall X 6-9’ wide. Can be pruned to stay smaller.

Exposure

Full, direct sun.  A minimum of 5 hours a day.

Water Usage

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.

Fertilize

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.

Cold Hardiness

Performs best in hardiness zones 9-11, but can be used as annual color in colder climates.

Color Season

In the Southeastern U.S., Bougainvillea ‘Sundown’ flowers most heavily from October through June, but can flower sporadically year-round if dry conditions exist.  Evergreen.

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