Do you want to have beautiful Bougainvillea plants adorning your home with their magnificent flowers? Try the banana trick.

Banana slice on a twig

Bougainvillea, a splendid plant from the Nyctaginaceae family, is widely found in Italy and thrives well outdoors, especially in the southern regions. This plant blooms from summer to autumn, showcasing numerous brightly colored flowers. Perfect for gardens, yards, or as exterior decorations, Bougainvillea can be easily propagated through cuttings or branches.


To achieve successful results and enable endless propagation of the plant, gardeners use the renowned “banana method.” This clever trick makes it easy for anyone to reproduce Bougainvillea effortlessly. But what’s the purpose, and how do you execute this procedure? Here’s all the information you need to implement the banana trick and propagate Bougainvillea endlessly!

Materials Needed to Propagate Bougainvillea Branches:

  • A banana
  • A hacksaw
  • A clear plastic cup
  • A bag and a plastic band
  • A pair of pruning shears
  • Some soil
  • A pot with soil

Procedure for Reproducing Bougainvillea: Carrying out the process to obtain endless Bougainvillea plants is straightforward. Just follow the step-by-step instructions. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Locate a mature branch of the plant and make an incision with the hacksaw approximately 4 cm long.
  2. Remove any small leaves to have a clean branch.
  3. Cut a slice of banana and place it, along with the peel, in the middle of the incision.
  4. Open the plastic cup on one side only, make a small hole in the center, and place it on the incised branch, ensuring it closes around it.
  5. Fill the cup with well-humidified soil, ensuring the bottom is covered.
  6. Complete the operation by adding soil to the mouth, pressing it with your hands to adhere to the branch.

Afterward, take a black plastic bag, wrap it around the cup, and secure it with a plastic band. Wait for a month, then remove the band and plastic bag. As seen through the transparent cup, the roots will have emerged. Now, simply cut the branch and plant it in a pot.


Planting Bougainvillea Branch in a Pot: Remove the plastic cup completely, prepare a medium-sized pot with well-drained soil, place the root ball in the center, arrange it well, and press the soil around it. Finally, water the soil, and you’ll witness your Bougainvillea plant thriving.

For optimal results, use well-sharpened and disinfected scissors when cutting. Additionally, remember not to water these plants daily; only water when the pot soil is dry. A simple touch with your hands will help you determine when it’s time to water.