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Questions About Bougainvillea Plants

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Anonymous on
February 15, 2011

Q. Frost Damaged Bougainvillea

In southern California, when do I trim the frost damaged branches from my Bougainvillea? New growth is appearing.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 15, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 6, 2011

Q. Bougainvillea

I have three different bougainvillea plants,  one in a pot and two planted in different locations. None of them have come back yet from winter. We live in central California, so I should see some color by now–at least something green. What is going on?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 6, 2011
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Asked by
suep on
May 24, 2011

Q. My Flamboyance Bougainvillea

The leaves have wilted and browned and blow away. It went through a beautiful growth spurt two months ago after I was advised to add potash to the soil. Growth has stopped and my plant is looking down and out with no new life and no new white leaves only green ones. I have added more potash, a week ago, to no avail. We have a full north facing large courtyard and I have placed a climbing frame into the pot.

Answered by
Heather on
May 26, 2011
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There are alot of things that could do this. Try giving it some balanced fertilizer (potash is mostly for potassium) and then treat the plant with neem oil. Neem oil will kill any fungus or pests that may be affecting the plant.

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Anonymous on
June 16, 2011

Q. Frost Damaged Bougainvillea Tree

My bougainvillea trees were damaged by the freeze in Florida this year. I pruned them at the first sign of spring and new growth is growing only out at the base. Both trees are over 6 feet tall; and if I cut down to where the green of the trunk is, how do I get them to grow back to the height they were or will they grow back at all?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 17, 2011
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Typically, a bougainvillea tree is pruned in a specific way to get it into a tree shape. This article will explain how you can train the new growth into this shape: https://www.ehow.com/how_5173210_make-bougainvillea-standard-bougainvillea-tree.html

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Anonymous on
June 20, 2011

Q. Bougainvillea

I recently bought a bougainvillea plant in a hanging pot. It has been very hot and dry here in Louisiana–quite awhile with no rain. I have it outside in a shaded area, but the leaves and blooms are drying up. How much should I water this plant? Should I put it in a larger pot? Please advise.

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Nikki on
June 20, 2011
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Potted plants, especially those in hanging baskets, should be watered daily. If temps are over 80 F., then they may even need to be watered twice a day.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 9, 2011

Q. Bougainvillea Destruction

Grasshoppers have decimated two bougainvillea plants in my yard while I was away. They are 20 years old. Will the plants come back if I cut them way back?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 9, 2011
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Yes, it will come back as long as you don't cut back than a third of the plant. This article will help with the caterpillar problem: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/prevent-caterpillars.htm

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Anonymous on
July 12, 2011

Q. How to Properly Plant and Grow Bougainvillea

Could you please let me know what the best way to grow bougainvillea is in Houston, TX (which is Zone 9B-10)? I know they like heat and sunlight and we have both, but last year I planted them and they died! Also, if you have tips for Jasmine, I would really appreciate it.

Answered by
decoroat on
March 8, 2016
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The Bougainvillea grows quickly in a Sunny location. It forms long tendrils, and therefore requires trellis as support. After heavy rain showers, the leaves could be quickly. The perfect place is where is the Plant protected from the rain and at the same time, it gets a lot of sun light. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/bougainvillea/

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Susan75023 on
July 16, 2011
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