MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 12, 2017: I write a garden blog called "In the Garden with Maria". I can't wait to dine at Bougainvillea… Maybe even below 50 degrees if it is not in a protected area such as against a wall. would be a good companion but it sounds like both are doing fine. Will it get too hot and burn my plants? Attila, Hi Attila – It’ll work just fine if the soil around the tree trunk is workable. Of course, I wasn’t there when he did it, so it was crooked and looked ridiculous, when he got done. Nell, Hi! like. This time of the year is should be thriving, but the last two weeks it has started going really down hill. 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). Just know that when you prune them into hedge form you don’t get much flowering. And, spring is the best time for that. Please help!!! I would like to replant it into the ground now and I read in one of the comments earlier you suggested planting the pot directly into the ground without taking the plant out. It must have drain holes to enable the water to flow through. They’re not hard to train but it does take a little effort. After all, it is only the new growth that produces flowers. This thing is pretty but also just a mess with lots of dead debris inside. I bought an orange one but it turned red. Her unique bracts open as deep orange, then turn to coral, and finally mature into a salmon-pink. Does the white variety not do well in the AZ summers? Renee. Paula Atwell from Cleveland, OH on September 16, 2014: We don't have these in our area, but I fell in love with them when I visited my sister in LA. Thank you Bouganvilleas are very common in this area: 8500 ft elevation, warm but not hot tropical climate right on the Equatorial line, the temps are always between 55F nights and 85 F days, and the days are always 12 hours long. Hi, I live in Houston Texas and have a beautiful variegated blueberry ice bougainvillea in a medium plastic hanging basket. Can I spray them with a dish soap and water mist to kill whatever this is, or is Neem Oil better? What are your best suggestions for how this can be handled? Do you think it will flower in these conditions? I live in zone 8 so we do get some freezing weather although it varies from year to year. Bougainvillea "flowers" are actually a type of leaves called "bracts." Sirena. Nell, Hi Jeff – I know right where Pacifica is because I just got back from there 3 weeks ago! A monster with minimal new growth and blooms, lots of brown ugliness inside. Valerie Olney says: January 16, 2019 at 7:03 am I love all the good advice you have! ...See More. I’m not sure what size pot you bought it in – 1 gallon, 5g or 15 g – so it’s hard to say. I had read that I should pinch off the tips and give it a good fertilizer and let it get to the point of looking wilted before watering again. I’m sure others will benefit from reading this & now I can pass this info on. Vibrantly coloured bracts of Bougainvillea brighten warm greenhouses and conservatory borders during the summer. I would like to plant it in the ground. I had a metal trellis attached to the garage & started slowly training stems (turned out to be 2 main ones) over & across. Would you be willing to sell a cutting of yours? to reach that size, it would prefer to be in the ground. Should I fertilize? Will keep it in the pot forever, and move it back outside when the weather warms up in early spring… Thank you for any help you can give. While changing the pots (shallow fairly small bonsai pot), I divided it in two, and I always get them outdoors from end of spring to the fall, and they have been doing great, blooming twice a year for several month, in winter or summer, it seems they don’t see the difference, if there is enough light, they will bloom, with or without direct sun. Freeze damage on my neighbor's bougainvillea. I bought my bogainvelia from home depot in January 2019; it had beautiful hot pink almost red looking blooms all over it. James Walker is a popular one & grows to 20 -25’tall. County, Ca. What are the chances it would overwinter well? More info here: Nell, This is a great page for bougainvillea lovers. They prefer infrequent, deep waterings after thy’ve established. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 27, 2018: Do you mean underneath the root ball? We get plenty of rain all year, but especially in the summer and the humidity levels are always high. Thanks for your advice in advance. we use and what variety? Too bad because they scream “look at me!” when in full bloom. Hi Melanie – Oh dear, that is a cruel neighbor. If you don’t, the plant will fill in like crazy. Or would there be any point? I will give you the website. The oak probably helps to protect it a bit because the wind can knock a lot of the blooms off. Some do well and others never seem to flower. 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. Deep mulch (about 6 inches) is good except against the trunk of any plant or tree, where it should not be up against the trunk. We get frost November to April and usually plenty of rain. So anyone experiencing the same problem as me, try watering more frequently for at least a week to see any difference. If it is wilted, it may appreciate a short time in the shade, but remember this is a sun-loving plant. Rest assured, you don't have to let the plant get that big! Nell, Hi Michelle – Bougainvilleas love sun & heat. My question is, do I plant it at center or at one end of the wall ? we are in Orange Can this beauty still be saved (and bloom fully again)? Help! Bougainvillea does require good drainage, so keep that in mind when choosing your container. I just leave them be because they don’t appear until mid-summer or so & never permanently damage my plants. This plant grows easily for a long time in any pot larger than 10 inches. The only ones I’ve seen are from a man in the Philippines doing the grafting. She’s got little tiny pink buds all over. Question: My bougainvillea has faded and looks sick. Sounds like you have a bougainvillea. Help. That will make a big difference in the advice I give you. Both pots have cracked badly and I need to replace them.The problem is that the trees have grown their big roots into the gound …What can I do to have them in new and stable pots while not cutting those roots ? the plants receive about 8 hours of sun, I have cut back on watering, i use coffee grounds 2X a week, bougainvillea food, removed, the juniper around it, added more mulch, more organic soil, but the leaves are all green, and have maybe 6 flowers between 7 bougainvilleas plants. Nell. Nothing good seems to be happening. These vines grow rapidly, and will soon be climbing the tree. We live in South Florida and bought a Bougainvillea tree about a month ago. If the branches were damaged in any way, then you won’t see much if any growth. Have not decided if time to re-pot yet. I’m guessing that’s not correct. Use them as a vine, ground cover, hedge or tree. Mary – If there’s green growth only, it could be too little or too much water. Is there any recommended length of an eye screw I should use……that is, how far from the wall should the wire sit. The cool weather also means the flowers are particularly colour saturated. Bougies are strong so you might want to put up 2 or 3 more strings. Will these grow year round in the south (Atlanta)? How can I save my bougainvilleas? Hope that helps! Bougainvillea loves sun & heat so new growth will come in the spring. We live in southern California, Palm Springs. Thank you for sharing all your Boug intell…….I have made a lot of mistakes in the past and do not want to continue that pattern so I started looking for info and found you:) I am moving into a home in Southern CA and I have no idea how to handle an extremely mature , overgrown, slumpted over, beautiful blooming bougainvillea. HELP! Hi Nell. I don’t know what your weather patterns have been in Mallorca (lots of rain, very dry, etc) so I’m not exactly sure what to tell you. I’m keeping the […], Your email address will not be published. Thank you for your prompt reply. Hi Nell. They are still alive but some branches are only getting new growth on the ends. I’ve often found it hard to bring overgrown plants to where I want them to be. If it is root rot, remove the plant immediately and trash it. My dilemma has to do with having to plant one in a pot. I need advise for a plain concrete balcony without balcony. Question: I repotted my bougainvillea a week ago, and it was doing fine. Just feel the top one inch of soil with your finger. I’d like to train a B to grow up one of the big cedar posts about 12′ high and spread over the pergola. Be forewarned, this gorgeous flowering vine can become quite invasive. Our bougainvillea often drops it's leaves in Feb/March time but at the moment it is in flower. Nell. Do you think the roots could grow through that? Maria. You may have to water the plant more often in terra cotta, as it is a porous material, so it "breathes" a bit. I dig down in the soil around it to try and ascertain if it is damp enough. Plan is to transfer it into a larger plastic container. Question: Would a bougainvillea grow better in a plastic or terra cotta container? Hi Sonia – I think you mean 15 gallon & not 95 gallon because that would be huge! YES I LIVE IN NEBR. Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2014: Well, I had been wondering how to trim my plant and you answered that question--I wonder if it matters when I clip it?? Are the flowers fading from dark purple to light purple, or changing color completely? Then we moved to a house with less light, and in the winter I kept in in a basement room with lots of artificial lights 16hrs a day. And pay attention to height because some of the taller varieties don’t get as tall as others. Bougainvillea plants are best for covering a wall, fence or other area. The plastic doesn’t disintegrate but the roots can grow out that way. This plant grows well in both full sun and shade Good for making bonsai. My problem is that it hasn’t bloomed since I purchased it. Planting it in the center might be easier for training though. At least he’s healthy. Beds are lots of sand and landscape gravel. I planted 6 bougainvilleas two years ago, added peat moss to the clay soil and they were doing fine until this summer. At least they’re flowering, mine are too! Hoping you can fill me in with some info. Its watered about twice a week and is in a pot. The other half of the plant not many blossoms but leaves look healthy. BT or neem oil sprays are what is recommended to keep infestations under control. It looks hideous and all the blooms are cut off. Is it just smart for me to go get some more seashells? Post a Reply to this Thread You cannot post until you register , sign up and subscribe. And should I cut big slits like you suggest for the 5-gallon pots? If the leaves have turned brown, it needs water and/or fertilizer. So I thought I would share with you my experience. Always cut at a joint. I’ve bookmarked your page and will come back often for more info and to watch any new videos! Last month, I was so excited to see 3 individual bracts bloom red, something I haven’t since probably early 2015, alas they fell today. The plant’s roots arr on the ground off the pot, but some of the trunk is within the soil on the pot. The sap of bougainvillea is mildly toxic. Bougainvillea likes a lot of water when it is first planted, but once established, it does better with soil a little on the dry side. Please help! Are there companion plants for San Diego Reds that you’d recommend? Maybe it needs plant food (fertilizer). Also, if you took it out of its grow pot to plant it, it takes longer to establish (if it doesn’t die – they don’t like to have their roots disturbed). Yes. 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 if the pots are plastic. I could add topiary or bonsai because here in Santa Barbara I’ve seen it pruned into the shapes of a large basket & swan. You just reminded me of an article I meant to write about the 3 numbers, what they mean, and what each of the chemicals are for. I have done all of this and the plant itself is very healthy looking and growing, but I still can’t get blooms. It is mid December in Yucatan, Mexico. Nell. More pinching = more color. Pruning a bit of the main root should be no problem because you won’t be disturbing too much if any of the root ball. I started picking at it ( the soil that is ) and I noticed that it was all seashells. 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. I have 2 variegated orange bougainvilleas in hanging pots that wilt in the direct summer sun. Within 30 days I’ve lost all of the flowers & am now losing some leaves and don’t know what to do. Some break down much faster than others & you may be able to plant next spring if winter brings rain. The leaves are sparse during the winter, I live in southern California. I'm not familiar with the soils, seasons in Phoenix. Double-flowered varieties are available too. ), Hi Dave – Thank you! Nell, Hi Cheryl – Both are very vigorous growers & bloom a lot in full sun. This will get you of and going to a really great start. Check what’s available in your area. Hi Edie – Yes, there are about 15 varieties of variegated bougainvilleas that I know of. It is so overgrown that it has fallen over a walkway path to the point I have to crawl under it to get to the front yard. I wish I have that purple bougainvillea too. Here in Chile I am trying to get every color, except purple.
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