I’ve found the SDR stays a bit more red & the BK is a bit more on the magenta/red side depending on where they’re growing. Great – Bougainvilleas are tough as can be but don’t like to have their roots disturbed! Good growing conditions mean a healthy bougainvillea and should keep many problems at bay. It does get lots of light and sun, and I am afraid it is going to take over our dining room ! It bloomed once, it wont bloom again in the fall? Bougies are strong so you might want to put up 2 or 3 more strings. You don’t want to prune them if there’s any danger of frost on the horizon. Do you know about how long they live? We heard many sob stories at the nursery that spring! Answer: Is there any chance there could be air pockets in the soil that are allowing air to be around the roots? At the moment its just trial and error. The only ones I’ve seen are from a man in the Philippines doing the grafting. My husband's coffee, on the other hand, is very strong, so I put some water in it -- probably about 50/50. You can try fertilizing with a food specific for bougies but don’t do it any later than mid-Sept. Nell. Just got them this past spring and haven’t had them over a winter yet. When considering any plant for purchase, it's a good idea to lift the rootball out of the pot to see if the roots are going round and round. I have successfully killed about 6 plantings of six plants each from 2007 to 2012 (when I had a stroke) – none have survived so far. I wasn’t sure how and when to prune it. Do you want the bougainvillea to climb a tree similar to the way wild wisteria does? Good luck and Happy gardening! I put both bougainvilleas in hanging baskets in my green house for the winter. Do all the same rules apply? The heat generation off the house leaves it a hotbox, and the afternoon sun is maybe 5-6 hours. Nell. I do a few lighter prunings, or trimmings, after each flowering cycle during the seasons to keep them in that shape. Hi Bill – I recently moved to Tucson so I know what you mean about the temps. Hope that helps! Will they be ok being so close together or should I move one of them into a pot? Or did they just turn brown or yellow, and fall off? “how to plant bougainvillea to grow successfully: the one thing to know. Nell, Hi Barbara – The sap is slightly toxic but I don’t believe the thorns are. All the best, Nell. Typically it will put on a startling 36 inches of growth every year, up to a limit of about 30 feet. Nell. I live in California in zone 9B in the San Fernando Valley (North Granada Hills). Some need bright, indirect light. It gets 6 hours of full sun a day. We just want to fill in our slope as quickly as possible- it looks Love your home, good luck! I was considering mixing palm/cactus soil with regular potting soil. The first photo is of one of the pests that did this. Bloom? Thank you! Question: I live in Flagler County, Florida. The easiest route would be to take them out (or have someone do it!) I’ve never fertilized mine & they bloom just how I want them to. I am very glad to hear this news. Is it a good idea to put some small river rocks at the base of my bougainvillea? I just leave them be because they don’t appear until mid-summer or so & never permanently damage my plants. Is this plant going to die now? While your bougainvillea may briefly drop some throughout the year, it is classified as evergreen in mild climates and keeps its leaves year-round. They are very healthy looking and the leaves are very green and they are not dropping and very few faded blooms. Make sure your bougainvillea is getting five hours of sunlight every day and gets plenty of water with good drainage. The mountains surrounding us are always green. Water it in very deeply. Green leaves can be seen on the bottom half of the plant. BT or neem oil sprays are what is recommended to keep infestations under control. I have 3 beautiful Bougs that flank pillars on my patio…however, they are constantly dropping flowers which makes a huge mess all over the patio and in the pool. Nell, I’ve had a 5′ bougainvillea in a large planter for 4 yrs on the west side w some shade. I’ve done a few posts about bougainvillea but this one is straight-up everything I know about it including planting and care. I was a professional gardener in the Bay Area for 20 years & was doing work in a former client’s garden. If you want to do that , please send it to gardenerandcookblog@gmail.com. Hi Prabhakara – You’re welcome! I do a lot of raking & sweeping too! After it grows some roots, you can cut it off of the mother plant and relocate it to whatever sunny spot you would like. They flower on new growth so you want to stimulate that for good blooming. Nell, […] The Secrets Of Bougainvillea: Sharing All I Know About this Colorful Plant […], […] Here’s another post I did on bougainvilleas, video included of course: The Secrets Of Bougainvillea, Sharing Everything I Know. I love your page. I trained my Bougainvillea “Barbara Karst” into a tree – it was a tall, columnar shape when I bought the house. In the ground, they bloom only in dry areas like Arizona or Arizona, they refuse to bloom in humid area (like Houston, Tx)especially in rainy seasons. Bookmark. Another thing: I sold that house last year & moved to the AZ desert. they are each in very large pots, I’d say pushing 50+ gallons. I did this with my Bougainvillea Barbara Karst. However it is not where it should be, nor where I want it. Congratulations and good luck to all involved in this venture. I don’t want it to attach itself to the wall, just the trellis.

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