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Flowering times and needs are therefore slightly different between varieties. Also is there any special way to incorporate a trellis into a climbing Bougainvillea. I planted 6 San Diego Red plants (11.5 Gallon) in late May. I was just making the point that they bloom & can thrive in drier climates too. tried my best not to disturb the root coming out of each pot, but they each sustained some “scarring” as i shifted the pots around to complete my project. Hope that helps! It bloomed wonderfully in spring and summer of 2013. When spent, they naturally dry out, turn brown, and are dropped. Hope that helps! It immediately dried up and went brown. Hope that helps! There could be 2 reasons which I see off the bat: the sprinkler is coming on too often. The leaves are sparse during the winter, I live in southern California. I cut the rim off & make slits in the sides & bottom of the pot. Hi there – I also live in SB and just got two boug. The first winter it got hit w a freeze, followed by half the flowers it had originally. Good luck with replanting your bougainvillea, and thank you for reading my article. Hi Nell, another Aussie here! In central Florida, where I lived when I first wrote this article, a hard freeze is considered 4 hours or more at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, if is has grown too large, you could selectively remove some of the canes. Good luck with the Bougainvillea ... Good luck! Answer: Bougainvillea are vines or trained into very small ornamental trees, much like tree-roses. I have done all of this and the plant itself is very healthy looking and growing, but I still can’t get blooms. Nell. They put out long, fleshy water shoots so be sure to prune those out – they mess up the shape. It depends on what bougies you’re going to plant (some grow to be much bigger than others) so I’ll assume it’s 1 of the more robust ones. Apply at least a 4-6″ layer of a good, organic, local compost & see what happens. Now knowing the details, I’d start by just pinching it back (1-4″) & go from there. Green leaves can be seen on the bottom half of the plant. Close to or above 100 Degrees Fahrenheit everyday. After reading a lot of your writing, I feel like I know a lot about the plant, but don’t know where to start and I don’t want to damage this plant further. You will need to water them more often than when in the ground. And should I cut big slits like you suggest for the 5-gallon pots? If you want more blooms, check this post: How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom. To much water? Azaleas and dogwoods bloom here in early April. If there was some sort of root damage or it was a watering issue, more of the plant would be affected. I never pruned mine back too much & periodically tipped the ends for maximum flowering. You never know with plants, do you?! That 1 plant is obviously a bit stressed so don’t prune it now. For more info check this post on “how to plant bougainvillea to grow successfully: the one thing to know.“. It is the fastest growing thorny shrub plant. Check what’s available in your area. Awesome site. As I said, they’re very, very tough plants but big babies when it comes to their roots. Apply a tablespoon of hibiscus fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks in spring and summer. Always cut at a joint. Barbara Karst is one of the taller, more robust bougainvilleas. Please help! We’re in zone 10a & can get a light frost for a night or 2. Bougies are big babies when it comes to their roots – they don’t like to be disturbed & need really good drainage. It’s a crap shoot when it comes to transplanting them so I’d leave it in the pot & plant it that way. I now live in Tucson where the sun is stronger & much hotter so the steel sheeting would most likely burn it. Good luck finding the Bi-Color Bougainvillea anywhere else. Back to Forum Homepage More California Gardening Threads California Life! They’re not too fussy about soil type but it must drain freely. it has been flowering well during the years. Has done great until the last three weeks and suddenly the top shoots are all drying up, leaves turning brown and falling off. Answer: Is there any chance there could be air pockets in the soil that are allowing air to be around the roots? They need for you to train & attach them. Besides, too many butterflies & hummingbirds visit my plants so I want them to enjoy the flowers “au natural”. I am not sure when the blooming cycles are in your area, but no matter where you are, pruning should be done immediately after blooming. Thanks for any ideas. All plants drop leaves periodically, just as humans lose a few hairs daily. It’s an annoyance as it requires maintenance nearly every month. I have different bougainvilleas now. My 4 bougainvilleas came through it just fine. Just enough so it isn’t seen? Thank you Saundra! This is my first year with this plant absolutely love it. I have a question about my Bougainvillea. Here are some recommendations to start with: lantanas, ornamental grasses, plumbago, lavenders, salvias, dwarf oleanders, lophomyrtus, rosemary & the smaller to mid-sized pittosporums. I used to spray my pansies and mondo grass with cayenne pepper dissolved in water to prevent squirrels from eating them. Does it have good drainage? I am clueless down here. Whether […], […] isn’t an issue. I've seen it done, but it sure takes a lot of care. They flower on new growth so you want to stimulate that for good blooming. Hi Tracy – I usually cut the rim because it’ll stick up otherwise. Quote. i have a large bougainvillea in a clay pot that is breaking from age. Nell, Hi Emma – I’m not 100% sure about this because I’ve never had it happen. If you want it to grow against a wall or fence, then angle it that way. We live in Simi Valley, and the area I’m targeting for my Boug is a north facing, w/ hot afternoon sun, against the house planter. The hybrids go through a lot of breeding so perhaps that has something to do with it. At least he’s healthy. Information is quite vague online in this regards and its difficult for me to ascertain whether i am over or under watering them. Q: My bougainvillea vine was blooming when I bought it and has grown like a weed. The column on the right indicates the different zones by color. I am on the Algarve (southern Portugal) I planted two Bougs back in summer 2016 to grow along a metal fence I had made for the purpose , the boug on left gets sun all day the one on right goes into shade mid afternoon , the one on the right raced along the fence the one on the left just stayed same size , both had plenty of flowers and still have flowers on them Jan 2017. Thanks for visiting. Thanks for all the information. Just got them this past spring and haven’t had them over a winter yet. We got our bougainvillea as a gift last summer, we plant it in a very large pot with holes in the bottom. All the terra cotta pots I have ever seen already have drainage holes. Nell. It will be beautiful on your lattice. I’m not sure if the soil (nutrition / pH) would cause that. Does your bougainvillea get adequate sunlight? However, the taller & bigger a bougainvillea gets, the bigger a pot you’ll eventually need. Hi Rachel – Greetings from California, & thank you! I have 4 bougainvilleas growing at my new home here in Tucson. Question: Would a vygie (lampranthus) in anyway hamper the growth of the bougainvillea? MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 24, 2019: Bougainvillea is prolific in any warm climate, and will flower year after year. I hope you have gotten rid of those pesky caterpillars! For outdoor plants, protect the plant from frost by covering new growth with a tarp and mulching the roots. Answer: Bougainvillea will survive severe pruning, and bloom beautifully again. It is 95 gallon tree that we planted in its pot & cut holes for drainage. I suggest waiting until it has finished blooming. This can be good if the plant is over-watered. Needing help with a bougainvillea lined wall DG filled,medium backyard. Once well established, they can withstand dry periods & actually flower better under these conditions. What can I do to liven it up? Hello! Normally, this is not a problem, but in the event of a prolonged freeze, it leaves these tropical plants quite vulnerable; so they must be covered. Nell, Hi David – I wouldn’t have thought that a vigorous bougainvillea at the base of an oak (which I’m assuming is a Live Oak?) Please help!!! I would like to plant one Boug in the soil, train it to cover a compound wall grill 3 ft. high and 28 ft long. Thanks you. Well I think the Bougainvillea in one of the most beautiful plants I have ever seen. Hi Mamta – Greetings to you in India & thank you. I have just moved into a Florida house that has a bougainvillea planted next to it. I haven't logged on for quite a while. The spent blooms will drop off when they are done. Question: I have recently purchased young potted cuttings of bougainvillea. I could add topiary or bonsai because here in Santa Barbara I’ve seen it pruned into the shapes of a large basket & swan. Thanks! My coffee is not overly strong, so I use it as is. Valerie Olney says: January 16, 2019 at 7:03 am I love all the good advice you have! Is it possible to have one in a hanging basket or container as an annual? The smallest ones are green in color. Nell, Hi Nell – I transplanted 2 hibiscus and 1 made it. Thanks for visiting my article. Nell. It was growing like crazy on my porch. Thank you for helping us spread the word & make the world a more beautiful place! Nell, Hi Gina – Bougainvillea is very tough & because it sounds like that stand is well established, you should get new growth appearing soon. These plants grow out & up & aren’t a clinging vine. It gets west facing light. I now have another one that I would love to plant in the same spot but I’m afraid the poison remains in the ground and I won’t ever be able to do that. The many varieties mean you can find one to suit your need whether filling a pot or covering the entire facade of a house. I just leave them be because they don’t appear until mid-summer or so & never permanently damage my plants. It could be too wet or too dry. I have two beautiful Bougainvilleas in front and back yard. I have a wire strung across the top and the middle that I’ve attached them to. Nell, Hello . Nell, Thank you Talinda! Thanks, If you have time, let me know how it does. Hi Jess – Oh yes, bougainvilleas grow in many sub-tropical & tropical climates & are actually native to tropical climates. You said you added more organic soil & more mulch. Be sure to give it deep waterings to get it established. I live in South Florida. Most bloom the 1st year. ...See More. Thanks very much, ill definitely plant them in their pots! You are one busy lady!! It can get very warm underneath the coverings even if it is still cold outdoors. We live in Phoenix, AZ and have grown bougainvillea before, however, in our new home we'd love to plant Miss Alice (the dwarf white thornless variety) but cannot find it in any nursery. Another year or 2 huh? Whether the answer is yes or no, what would be the best place to purchase Bougainvillea trees? I have absolutely no experience in regards to this. When the wind blows many of the leaves of the Bougainvillea find their way into my veggie garden where I grow squash and peppers. A container enables you to wheel your bougainvilleas into a garage or covered porch (or a conservatory if you’re lucky) for a month or 2 if you’re borderline zone 9b. So no, there’s no way to prevent them. Hi Cassie – That’s a tough one because you could spend quite some time trying to get “the mess” to be the beautiful screen you want it to be & never get it quite there. Whenever possible, I wind higher branches into the trellis, or behind other branches that are securely trellised. Nell. Great – Bougainvilleas are tough as can be but don’t like to have their roots disturbed! Not sure but it would be nice knowing what each variety’s cross was so we could plan planting better…..any ideas? Some gardeners recommend using a tablespoon of hibiscus fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks in the spring and summer. On a wall – If you have a chain-link fence, after a little initial guidance, it will attach itself. There aren't necessarily good and bad feng shui plants. Some varieties of bougainvilleas hold their color a lot better than others, so yes, that can be normal. that we have had this problem. I have a one year old bougainvillea, planted in a raised garden, that is doing well, actually still flowering. When I lived in Charlotte NC, I visited Key West where I bought a bougainvillea from a woman who assured me it would survive the winter if it became established before winter arrived. Question: Can I keep Bougainvillea low growing hedge like? If I did this to my other bougainvilleas they would die, rot to the ground as they only start growing and flowering early spring after a long very dry cool rest, almost leafless through winter. i am highly doubtful the plants are root bound in the pots, given how large the pots are and it’s only been 3 years or so. Nell. If it had not finished a winter bloom cycle at the time you pruned, it’s possible you could have cut off any flower buds. plants to grow up the side of my house. For example, when we lived in central Florida, our heaviest bloom-time was early-to-mid spring and late autumn, both of which is when the weather is cooler. I'm in San Diego, CA. Nell. Hey I got a Boug cutting (with light orange flowers) for my pot one year back. Hi Shawna – Yes, you could have one as an annual. I cut it back when it gets leggy. Just know that when you prune them into hedge form you don’t get much flowering. Give them a good dose of compost & keep them well watered while establishing. There are so many here in So Cal planted in paved areas with no problems. Hi Laurdess – I’m not at all familiar with planting bougainvilleas in seashells. So, wait until next year or maybe even the year after. Occasionally, they can be seen hanging from a tiny string of web, or on a leaf, boring into it. It is now on 3 trellises. So, you might get some flowering. Answer: If you live in an area where they can be successfully grown, any good garden center, even the big box stores will have them. Also, it is not some leaves but all the leaves on those sections of branches that are dying, I have pruned most of those branches off now but wondering what is causing this and if there is something I should do to help the situation. If it is wilted, it may appreciate a short time in the shade, but remember this is a sun-loving plant. Question: We just arrived back in the Phoenix area and our Bougainvillea is sad, wilted and no color. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 05, 2017: In Atlanta you will need to grow Bougainvillea in a large pot that can be taken indoors during winter. You’ll see black droppings around the base of the plant. Because bougainvillea roots are sensitive (which is surprising because the plant is so tough) just make sure you don’t jam the trellis footings into the root ball. What kind of soil should we use? Nell. Should I string more? "Rosenka" and "Singapore Pink" (pink bracts), “La Jolla” and “Crimson Jewel” (red bracts), “Oo-La-La” and “Raspberry Ice” (magenta bracts). Also behind the fence is a lot of English Ivy that has been allowed to grow ramped. I’ve already done a post showing some of these options so be sure to check it out. Any resistant varieties that you know of? Love it or hate it you can’t go 2 blocks without a bougainvillea sighting. In the spring 2 didn’t make so I replaced them & all 5 did great THEN comes winter. I decided to prune mine in the way that a vineyard manager prunes grape vines, but not as severely. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on July 10, 2014: @burntchestnut: I need to add orange to my list of colors for this plant. Left a comment earlier, but it disappeared, sorry if this is a repeat. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 14, 2020: If the plant were in the ground, I would say twice per week is fine (assuming no rain). How large should the pot be for longterm success? The new growth is easy to bend. I must have not noticed this, when I bought them at HD last week. Can I leave my Bougainvillea in the large pot that it is in? I trained mine to grow up & over the garage so planting it towards the corner wouldn’t be a problem. Now, not all plants bring in good feng shui. This is where it is helpful to know the meaning of most popular feng shui flower symbols, just because it adds more power to your intentional feng shui work. I think the inner stems were still green, but I didn’t have the patience to wait, so I replaced it. Be sure to remove no more than 1/3 of any branch at any one time. Hi, I’ve been following your posts since I planted my first boug in March, 2016. Are the planting instructions the same for here? I have another I’m considering relocating near another oak. Plants grown in pots dry out far more quickly than those in the ground. I’ve never done that before but if it’s the best option, go for it. Hi, Bougainvillea does require good drainage, so keep that in mind when choosing your container. Some There’s really nothing you can do about the shoots, except to prune them out. pot & all, into the ground. The colorful bracts will fade when spent, then will brown and drop to the ground. Is there something I can feed it to help it? You’ll have to dig down a bit to get as many as you can. It, too, has to be re-sprayed after a rain, but it's a lot cheaper than insecticidal soaps, and you probably already have some in your pantry. If the pot is too small, it could be potbound. Withholding water will trigger blooming, but withholding too much will also trigger leaf loss. Answer: All the purple ones I have seen have remained purple. Grows as an annual outdoors or as a perennial in a container indoors. Want to take it out outside, when can i do it? Hi Nell, Thank you for your informative page on Bougainvilleas. I’m in Phoenix, Az. You could cut off a small branch. Yeah, if you click on my name (above, previous post) it actually links to the photos. I’m sure others will benefit from reading this & now I can pass this info on. The plant is on a trellis and is 5′ tall and just as wide. Not all of them but a good portion of them. And they look awful in the fall when the leaves turn brown and stay that way until they fall off in the winter. I have several bougs along a South-facing wall that I am training up a trellis. I say no. Thank you for the great info. Mine are both very well established & I routinely pinch them for that reason – to bring on the color. We just want to fill in our slope as quickly as possible- it looks Rest assured, you don't have to let the plant get that big! It flowered this year in June and kept going until currently. One plant didn’t make it. How to plant and grow bougainvillea Bougainvillea really does best when grown in full sun. Is there any recommended length of an eye screw I should use……that is, how far from the wall should the wire sit. They also received no direct sunlight all winter. Mary – If there’s green growth only, it could be too little or too much water. You should be able to grow Bougainvillea but you might be right on the line of being too cold.
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