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Q.Dig Up Failing Bougainvillea And Re-plant In Pot?

Zone palo alto ca | Anonymous added on June 8, 2024 | Answered

I have a bougainvillea that is just not growing in its 2-3 year ago planted location. It was maybe 18″ tall when planted and has died back each winter. (I live in Palo Alto, CA; we had several below freezing nights both past winters) What is left is about 3-4 inches of ‘trunk’ and 1-2 4-inch springs of new growth. It wants to live, but evidently not there. Can I dig it up and put it in a pot? Or, fix it there ….?

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Answered on June 10, 2024

It thrives in zones 10-11 and your hardiness zone is 9b to 10, so you are right on the edge. You can move it to a container and bring it inside for the winter if you think that is the issue, or mulch it real well before winter. Otherwise, try moving it to a place in full sun with well drained soil. Fertilize it regularly and pinch back the tips to encourage fullness. These articles should help:





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