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Ruby Red BougainvilleaBougainvillea 'Ruby Red'

  • Ruby Red Bougainvillea

    Ruby Red Bougainvillea

  • Ruby Red Bougainvillea

    Ruby Red Bougainvillea

  • Ruby Red Bougainvillea
  • Ruby Red Bougainvillea

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Ruby Red BougainvilleaBougainvillea 'Ruby Red'

Shrubs & Hedges

Dramatic ruby-red bougainvillea

  • Deep ruby red bracts that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 

  • Low maintenance and drought resistant

  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

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Dramatic Ruby Red Color That Makes a Statement

The Ruby Red Bougainvillea is a dazzling addition to any landscape with its vibrant hue and abundant blooms. This stunning tropical vine boasts striking ruby-red bracts that instantly catch the eye, creating a breathtaking display of color. 

Often mistaken for flowers themselves, these trumpet-shaped bracts surround the true blooms - tiny white tubular flowers nestled within- adding depth and interest to the plant's appearance. The heart-shaped, slightly serrated leaves with a lush green hue provide an elegant backdrop to the vibrant bracts.

This compact variety is smaller than the popular Barbara Karst, making it an excellent choice for gardens of all sizes. Its petite stature doesn't compromise its impact, as it bursts with an abundance of blooms that are sure to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, adding life and movement to your outdoor space.

Thriving in full sun to light shade, the Ruby Red Bougainvillea is a resilient and low-maintenance plant, perfect for busy gardeners. Its drought-tolerant nature means it can withstand periods of dryness without sacrificing its stunning appearance. Whether cascading from a trellis, spilling over a wall, or adorning a patio container, the Ruby Red Bougainvillea brings dramatic tropical flair to any setting. 

Planting & Care

1. Planting:  Bougainvilleas do best in a full-sun location. Place your Ruby Red Bougainvillea somewhere that will offer at least 6 hours of direct sun every day with well-drained soil.

Bougainvilleas like to climb since they're vines, so make sure they have something like a fence or trellis to grow properly. If growing as a hedge, space them 18-20 inches apart, or plant it as a hanging basket somewhere in full sun.

2. Watering:  Water your Bougainvillea as needed. Maintain a consistently moist soil but not overly saturated. Too much water can weaken the vine and cause excess leaf growth in place of the decorative color you’d expect.

For a potted Bougainvillea, use your index finger to determine if more water is needed. Stick your finger down 2-3 inches into the soil. If it feels dry, then it's time to water.

3. Fertilizing:  During the blooming season, your Bougainvillea will respond well to monthly applications of fertilizer. The best results have been from 6-8-10 formulas which still allow enough Nitrogen for healthy growth but also a boost of phosphorus to encourage good blooming.

As summer comes to an end, you no longer need to fertilize. Potted Bougainvilleas do better with a balanced 20-20-20 water soluble formula applied every two weeks at half the strength recommended on the packaging.

4. Pruning:  Some light trimming will keep your Bougainvillea vine trained to a certain visual habit. Trimming removes smaller materials and maintains the shape.

Hedge-planted bougainvilleas will require some extensive pruning unless they have been properly trained along a trellis or other vertical support systems. You can remove dead wood/branches as they appear.

Potted vines should have their tips pinched off monthly during their active growing season to encourage more branching of the vine. Pruning should be done after winter with sterilized clippers. Rubbing alcohol works perfectly for sterilization.

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Product Details

Mature Height: 5-7 ft.
Mature Width: 2-3 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Blooms:

Spring-Fall

Growth Rate: Fast
Botanical Name: Bougainvillea 'Ruby Red'
Does Not Ship To: OR
Grows Well In Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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4-11 patio         /           9-11 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 30℉)

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