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Anonymous on
July 30, 2011

Q. Bouganvilla

What can I do to get my bouganvilla to put on flowering bracts? The plant is full and green, but no flowering.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 31, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 1, 2011

Q. Bougainvillea Pest

Something is eating my bougainvillea. It’s a well established plant and heretofore was vigorous and beautiful. Both the leaves and the colored bracts are affected and at times the plant is nearly denuded. I can’t seem to find a culprit. Any ideas?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 1, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Any number of insect pests could be responsible for this, including bougainvillea looper. We recommend using neem oil for pests. It is safe for animals and beneficial bugs but will kill any chewing bugs that may be present, even if you don't see them. This article will give you more information on neem oil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 13, 2011

Q. Bougainvillea Flowering

How do you keep Bougainvilleas in bloom?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 14, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Plants need phosphorus to flower. Bone meal is a good source of phosphorus (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/bone-meal-fertilizer.htm).

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Asked by
anne1024 on
November 5, 2011

Q. Sago Palm and Boginvella (Sp)

Hello, I have two questions. I have a Sago which is covered in sticky white mess. . . not sure if it’s thrips or mealy bugs. How do I rid my plant of this, as this is a recurring issue? Also, my Boginvellia (sp) is not blooming. Its leaves are green but not solid green. I do fertilize and the bush is rather big. Thanks for your help.

Answered by
Heather on
November 6, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It sounds like mealy bugs on the sago. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm

If it is a reoccurring problem, this normally is an indicator that the plant is under stress. Make sure that the plant is being properly watered, has the right amount of light and is not root bound. These are the most common stressors.

For the bougainvillaea, I suspect that it may lack phosphorous or have too much nitrogen. Try giving it some bone meal to balance the phosphorous back out. This article will have some other suggestions:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-not-blooming.htm

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Asked by
gillyped on
December 10, 2011

Q. How Do I Get Bougainvillea to Grow

How do I get bougainvillea to grow?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 12, 2011
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Asked by
cyndib on
March 7, 2012

Q. what can I do about bougainvillea topiary tree?

I have a bounganvillia tree and brought it in for winter. Well, now it keeps losing leaves and then they will come back. Is there maybe a way I need to trim tree? Can you help?

Answered by
Heather on
March 11, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

It is trying to go into dormancy. The lower light and lower temps are giving the signal to go to sleep. I would actually not worry about it too much. When you put it back out in the spring, it will spring right back in a very short period of time. Next year, you may want to just allow it to go completely dormant for the winter. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/plant-dormancy.htm

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