A Watercolor Masterpiece
Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea is a stunning plant with pastel-colored flowers that appear like a watercolor painting. While other types of bougainvillea are well-known for their solid-color blooms, this multi-colored cultivar takes the beauty to a whole new level with splashes of pink and plum hues against a white background.
A Quick History of Bougainvillea
But did you know that the bougainvillea plant has a fascinating history? It was first discovered in Brazil by French navigator Louis Antoine de Bougainville in the late 18th century. Bougainvillea was later introduced to Europe and eventually found its way to Southeast Asia, where it thrived and became a popular plant in tropical gardens.
A Modestly Quicker Grower
Today, Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea continues to impress with its continuous blooms that appear all along the stems, creating a massive explosion of color all season long. This moderately fast-growing plant is a flowering machine, producing creamy white blooms that mature into a blushing pink.
Keep Away From Frost
To care for your Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea, it is best to plant it in a large container with regular water and fertilizer. If you have an established plant in the soil, it only needs to be watered if it hasn’t rained for a couple of weeks. While bougainvillea is a climbing plant, it cannot climb without stems being tied or attached to a support. If you want to overwinter a container plant, simply cut it back to 24 inches and bring the pot inside the house. Place it near an east, south or west facing window, keeping it a couple of feet away from the window and avoid placing it near any heating registers. Allow the soil to dry between waterings and refrain from giving it any fertilizer while inside as this is not the time for flowering.