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Q.Can I propagate my bougainvillea from my large plants?

Zone 5072 | Anonymous added on October 29, 2020 | Answered

I have had my Bougainvillea along the side fence for 10 years and it is magnificent. However I have let it get quite woody and it is bending my wooden slats on the top of my fence by having grown under it!! SO I have hacked back a section (1/4 of the length ) to the bare fence and was wondering if I could propagate some plants from the existing 3/4 of the creeper to replant in the nude bit?? I know I could buy a few plants but as mine are so healthy (although very wooden at the back) I thought I would see if I could use them. JUST went out and photo’d the underneath woody section! I suppose I should ask if I really need to start again with replanting the whole hedge??
I would really value your advice on this issue.

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Answered on October 30, 2020

These are beautiful, and one of my favorites. Yes, you certainly can propagate them from cuttings to fill in. This article explains it pretty well. I don't think you should need to buy more plants. You have a wealth of cuttings available here. It is easier though to propagate from the green, softwood cuttings rather than the woody ones.

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