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Naples Lawn Care – Fertilize for flowers

As spring approaches, we look forward to colors in the landscape that remind us of spring. The days are longer, the temperatures are on the rise. This is when our plants ” wake up” from their winter hibernation. Too many times our plants come out of hibernation hungry with no nutrition source.
It is important to fertilize your plants early so the fertilizer will be incorporated into the soil and available to the roots when the plant is ready to produce a spring flush. With Floridas’ sandy soils, any nitrogen and potassium applied to the plants in the fall is likely gone by spring. For this reason, slow release fertilizers are always a good choice to ensure consistent plant nutrition as well as better for the environment.
Finally, for flowering plants, a fertilizer with a high percentage of phosphorous, (the second number of the fertilizer analysis, which is always listed on the bag), is a good choice. For example, an 8-10-10 fertilizer would be a good choice for most flowering plants. Your efforts will be visually rewarding !

Bougainvillea is Widely Used in Naples FL

 

Bougainvillea Flower, Naples Florida

 

Bougainvillea is a plant widely in Florida for it’s floral color. It is a short day bloomer, meaning the amount of flowers will increase as we head into winter. This also makes it an excellent choice for our snowbird friends ,whom are here in Florida during those months. There are varieties that are more like a vine and have a tendency to climb. There are also some newer varieties that make for a great hedge such as the “Miss Alice” variety, which is also thorn-less as well as dwarf varieties perfect for a small setting.

What comes as a surprise to most people is how little water these plants need. More often than not a sick bougainvillea will be a result of too much water. While we can’t control the rainfall a good suggestion would be to make sure your Bougainvillea does not receive too much water from your irrigation system. This practice accompanied with adequate amounts of fertilizer will help to ensure a healthy flowering plant. Also be sure not to prune the plant heavy just before winter as the terminal ends of established branches provide the flowering color.