ABOUT THE PLANT- It is a garden plant with amazing foliage and brilliant blooms. would be a good companion but it sounds like both are doing fine. Wintering them over indoors isn’t always successful & the growing season outdoors is short. The trunks are quite large, and I fear they are root bound. A year and a half ago my friend cut back her bougainvillea and I planted a few of her branches in our pot. How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom. Here in Chile I am trying to get every color, except purple. Should I be? I had a metal trellis attached to the garage & started slowly training stems (turned out to be 2 main ones) over & across. I live in Portland Oregon zone 8 and they sell them everywhere but always unsure if I want to spend the money and have it not live through the winter. The showy bracts are typically found on new growth, with the biggest display following their winter dormancy. My B. glabra produced quite a few of them (some very tall & fat) & I removed them. Now the challenge is, "It provided useful information in a simple manner. They’re fast growing, but if the conditions aren’t all to their liking, they grow much slower. Through this article, I have. The steel would be too hot. How to Grow Bougainvillea: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow You’re probably going to have to do more pruning to keep them from overtaking each other! If there was some sort of root damage or it was a watering issue, more of the plant would be affected. That being said, as long as the roots have room to grow (which it sounds like they do), they’ll be fine. BT or neem oil sprays are what is recommended to keep infestations under control. Typically it will put on a startling 36 inches of growth every year, up to a limit of about 30 feet. I would think that spring would be best. Fingers crossed. I think my last comment didn’t post. Also, you can plant your BK slightly at an angle going towards the T-pole which will help you in the training. Hi Beth – My bougies get by them every year too. I just bought three of these beauties and am going to plant them next to a wire fence that was put up to contain my dog. I’ve done a few posts about bougainvillea but this one is straight-up everything I know about it including planting and care. I found an affordable ceramic pot 26″ tall with a 30″ diameter. Make slits in the pots for the roots to grow out & just sink the plant. I decided to move my ancient Boug, instead of buying a new spindly one, when we built our porch. I’m not sure if the soil (nutrition / pH) would cause that. If growing one of the smaller varieties in a pot or container, ensure you use a good-quality potting mix. If you took them out of their grow pots when planting, this could be an issue too. Thank you. You can always cut off the rim if you need to. Hi Rose – Bougainvilleas are very floriferous. Hi Charles – I can’t give you an exact figure on that but I remember seeing one on a garden tour that which the guide claimed was over 60 years old. I’m in NC by the way. Hope that helps, Nell. Nell. Give them regular water (which you can back off after they’re established) & as much sun (at least 6-8 hours per day) & heat as possible. If I use your advice and leave them in the pots, will I shock them too badly if I use a saw to cut “big” holes in the bottom? It receives 2 gallons of water three times a week from drip system. it has been flowering well during the years. In my Santa Barbara garden I had a 19′ Bird of Paradise, a humungous Bougainvillea glabra and many other anchor plants so that didn’t come into play either. By the way Im very attentive to my plants and have a lot of experience with gardening just haven’t tried these Without support, they just flop down & can become a sprawling low blob. But those that just don’t flower, hit the compost heap because they just don’t love the wet tropics. Don’t worry because the roots will grow out of the pot over time. We got our bougainvillea as a gift last summer, we plant it in a very large pot with holes in the bottom. Depending on what species/variety of bougie you have, some of those could be water shoots. Nell, Hi Anton – I love bougainvilleas too even when I have to sweep up masses of colored bracts. I have two beautiful and well stablished Bous. I’ve never seen shoots/vines curling around a branch. They’re not too fussy about soil type but it must drain freely. I received one for Mother's Day. Question about Using a dead tree trunk as support for growing bougainvillea vines. In extreme cases, the contaminated soil has to be removed. Add compost when planting & water deeply to establish. Most bougainvillea gardeners go with a 1:1:1 or a 2:1:2 fertilizer for regular fertilizing, not the high-phosphate fertilizer used at planting. Any advice is appreciated. If treating it as an annual, I would need one that performed well the first year. Nell, Hi Penny – I now live in the desert in Tucson AZ where we had record temps in June just like you. I am wondering if it would be okay to clip the bougie to the wire instead of threading it, or if you think threading will still work with this size opening. I have recently planted some trailing lantana in front of them to cover the bare earth and have been watering those frequently. I would like to plant it in the ground. There are many better houseplants you can choose if you want flowers. Another thing: I sold that house last year & moved to the AZ desert. I was wondering what you think about planting my Bougies against galvanized steel sheeting. Also, sometimes it takes them 2-4 of years after planting to really settle in & bloom. Hi Nancy – The dwarf/trailing Bougainvilleas make great ground covers. When is the best time of the year to plant Bouganvillea? I am so tired of replacing plants, and I have always had Boug-ies. Hope that helps! I encourage flowering with tip pruning. Will the extra water I’m providing for the lantana further impact the bougs? The leaves are sparse during the winter, I live in southern California. She has been a home gardener and professional gardener since 2008. I didn’t touch them all winter and I didn’t water them. I don’t want it to attach itself to the wall, just the trellis. And how far should each be planted apart from each other. I have never seen bougs here in NC – Zone 7b. Nell. Second one is a Johnny Walker (again, no info on the pot or sales slip). Hi Barbara – Growing vines up a tree is generally not a good idea unless it’s a small scale vine. Make sure you are watering deeply and then letting the top few inches of the soil dry out before watering again. Hi Tracy – I usually cut the rim because it’ll stick up otherwise. Have to put in greenhouse for winter. Thanks Nell for responding so quickly. The information about things like the poison. Mostly, I see the vines growing up so wanted to ask if you see any problem with planting them in an upper soil bed where they grow down the wall…And, if you don’t think that works, do you know of another colorful flowering vine that might (aside from jasmine & geranium)? After established, they’re drought tolerant. ", keep an old plant alive. my question: can i / should I trim the main root coming out of each pot to encourage the roots to go down into the soil? I live in a condo and was thinking of putting one outside with a pot and trellis. Hi Sonia – I think you mean 15 gallon & not 95 gallon because that would be huge! The trees are over 30 feet tall. The problem I have is it drops so many blooms that I can’t keep up with raking them and it is driving me crazy! It’s tied to wires that are a couple of inches away from the steel. If you want the bougainvillea to climb a trellis or wall, be sure to plant it near the structure. The watering and maintaining tips are very useful. I have a potted bougainvillea that I bought last year. For more info check this post on, The flowering cycles tend to run every 2 months. What are the chances it would overwinter well? See our page on dwarf varieties) Raspberry Ice . We live in South Florida and bought a Bougainvillea tree about a month ago. And would it recuperate well if it did survive winter. 1 hasn’t been supplementally watered for almost 3 years now & is blooming away like crazy despite our drought here in CA. The easiest route would be to take them out (or have someone do it!) It should reflower after a while. 1) There is a row of very old Hibiscus growing along the side of the building (some are even in bloom) but the front one has dried up & died ( I’ve actually pulled it out as it was already quite rotten). My first bougainvillea, so I had no, "I was looking to buy a bougainvillea, but I wanted it to be an outdoor plant. But since then, my mom added a lot top soil to roots thinking it would help protect and drying out (to the height of the paint stick in the photos). I just use grass sheers to cut the shoots off and keep it near, but there are hardly any flowers at all, just a thick growth of leaves. You should also apply a balanced fertilizer to your bougainvillea every few months so it grows strong and healthy. Nell. Water your bougainvillea sparingly whenever the top 2-3 inches of soil is dry so that the soil becomes damp but not soaked. Nell. We’re thinking about putting some bougs (white or light pink trailing) for our slope where the ivy is dying. I am trying to grow them into a flowering arch suitable for a wedding entrance. Your article was complete, and answered my questions to, "Easy and informative steps to follow. Would a B grow that big in a pot, even a large one? They can take a night or 2 around 32F but not any prolonged cold spells. Nell. My bougies do fine so no voles here. Do you think their roots could create a problem. Blooming patterns is what I’m most interested in. Just make sure you’re pruners are really sharp! Is there a way to prevent growth of these “suckers” around the base? Yours are only 2 years old so that could be the issue because established bougies can withstand more stress. Many cultivars have come out of just a few species. So, "I just bought it, so the watering and pruning were most helpful. Water it in very deeply. The cool weather also means the flowers are particularly colour saturated. Try cutting off the stems (about halfway) & seeing if any are alive. Do you think if I cut them back, water them, and put them out in the sunlight they will revive and come alive? Please Help!!! BT or, On a wall – If you have a chain-link fence, after a little initial guidance, it will attach itself. I have been trying for years to plant bougainvillea outside of the chain link fence for ‘beautification’. Both of mine are planted next to a structure as well as the sidewalk & driveway. Is there anything I can do to get it back to orange? Can you help, please-_-– any ideas….. thanks …. Hope that helps! Watch the video below & you’ll see how it looked in early Feb. I have a wire strung across the top and the middle that I’ve attached them to. Also, didn't realize pruning was so important. Nell. The shades can vary slightly from year to year depending on the temps/sun but not the color. Nell. To maintain your bougainvillea's shape, trim the branches back a few inches each year after it's finished blooming for the season. Nell, I love these plants and haven’t tried one yet. So that it grows approx 7 feet high and 15 feel wide. Check Out These Care Guides Below! Hi Rosie – Bougainvilleas can be a bit slow to go at 1st, depending on the size of the grow pot & plant. Quite the versatile plant! Now that’s an Edward Scissorhands at it’s finest! 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. I don’t need massive trails coming off it, just want some low maintanence color. Sign in close. Nell. I’ve had a few of them planted right up against the house & garage with no problems. I have a beautiful ones which is in a pot, outside in a very sunny position and doing very well. building but have 2 major concerns: They don’t like to have them disturbed. James Walker is a popular one & grows to 20 -25’tall. Dig the hole twice as wide as deep & add in a good amount of loam (you don’t need this if your soil drains freely) & organic compost. Both bougainvillea & english ivy are vigorous growers so they’ll duke it out. Although it is frost-sensitive, bougainvillea can be used as a houseplant or hanging basket in cooler climates. Tks My question is if I leave the plant in the 7 gallon plant container made of a plastic like material and will never disintegrate in the ground. Hope that helps! Would it grow well here in the ground? I have done all of this and the plant itself is very healthy looking and growing, but I still can’t get blooms. Also, they love a nice, rich organic compost. I loved the 1 growing up & over my garage but the fallen flowers were quite the sweeping & raking project every week! Hope that helps, Nell. Be sure to fertilize at least once a year, at the beginning of spring, to help the season's growth get underway. Hi Kathy – Common causes for a bougainvillea not to bloom are: not enough sun, not enough heat, too much water, or too much fertilizer. 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