Or would it prefer to be outside but slightly sheltered? I have a great variety of bougainvillea plants, including purple, orange,peach and lots of other shades. Bougenvillias thrive here and we are not a dry climate. Hi Jim – I live in Tucson & my bougainvilleas take a lot of sun & heat without wilting bur they’re in the ground. I’m keeping the […], Your email address will not be published. I am trying to grow them into a flowering arch suitable for a wedding entrance. During the first summer, some of them started going down hill. You have a longer growing season than other parts of the country do. I don’t have any advice for you on this matter. Also, I never fertilized them. Whether the answer is yes or no, what would be the best place to purchase Bougainvillea trees? Bougainvillea, like many plants, is slow to go but once it takes off, grows like crazy. Is there something I can feed it to help it? They are in the ground and I fertilize with the right stuff, but still nothing. It’s so helpful. They seem to have more flowers and colorful bracts then than they do in the spring. Or should I plant it in a larger pot first, and then pot it into the ground? About How long should it take for the tree to be covered with the bougainvillea? I just leave them be because they don’t appear until mid-summer or so & never permanently damage my plants. Oh, I love to create so you’ll find a bit of that in the mix along with lots of videos too. I am not worried so much about the blooming but some of the leaves are getting faded white areas on them. You could also plant it a tiny bit high, so the soil slopes away from it. I’m in the “love it” category in case you’re wondering. These plants grow out & up & aren’t a clinging vine. Having a bougainvillea in your garden, either in a pot or in the ground, is always joyful due to the gorgeous flush of color. What can be wrong? Nell, I live in Alabama. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on July 10, 2014: @burntchestnut: I need to add orange to my list of colors for this plant. If it’s a larger growing variety, just make sure the pot is large too. After reading a lot of your writing, I feel like I know a lot about the plant, but don’t know where to start and I don’t want to damage this plant further. I have two variegated bougs in pots. I planted 6 San Diego Red plants (11.5 Gallon) in late May. What else can I try. Next I’m going to try even more water, bigger rings around them, and mulch. Give it as much light as you can. Is it a good idea to put some small river rocks at the base of my bougainvillea? Hi Matt – You’re welcome. That was definitely not true. Any other ideas? It must have drain holes to enable the water to flow through. Help. All the best. Hi Bethany – Smart move to plant your new bougie in the grow pot! In the summer heat, Neem oil — or any oil — will melt and slide right off of your plants. !...See More. It can get very warm underneath the coverings even if it is still cold outdoors. The only ones I’ve seen are from a man in the Philippines doing the grafting. I am trying to grow a Barbara Karst in a 6.6 gallon pot in Sydney, Australia. Nell. thinks, Hi – Thank you so much! So my idea is to plant about six flowering bougainvillea plants at the base of the trunk and train them to climb up all over the tree trunk up to the top. Nell, Hi David – I wouldn’t have thought that a vigorous bougainvillea at the base of an oak (which I’m assuming is a Live Oak?) They love the heat. Once well established, they can withstand dry periods & actually flower better under these conditions. So bummed! Question: I have bougainvillea growing around rebar in a pot -- should I cut out the rebar and plant it for it to thrive? I'm in San Diego, CA. I live in Barcelona so the climate is very sunny and warm/hot of many months of the year. 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! Or Should I just start over? I'm just not sure shrubs would be good to plant near a bougainvillea unless you have the free-standing type that has been trained to grow as a small tree -- this type will need constant pruning and shaping, and so would any shrub planted near it. Bouganvilleas are very common in this area: 8500 ft elevation, warm but not hot tropical climate right on the Equatorial line, the temps are always between 55F nights and 85 F days, and the days are always 12 hours long. Maybe a local garden center can help. Dig a very large hole & add plenty of those amendments. Typically it will put on a startling 36 inches of growth every year, up to a limit of about 30 feet. Question: I pruned back a bed of bougainvillea today at work. Or maybe not enough sun? What was left is a 15 foot tall trunk with a few bare branches. Others need low light. That being said you should probably correct this article to say they thrive in dry climates like So-Cal OR tropical, humid states like Florida. That planter box is ok for now but it’ll eventually be way too small as their roots grow. I just did an updated post on bougainvillea care: https://www.joyusgarden.com/care-growing-tips-bougainvillea/ . Not fair. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 14, 2020: If the plant were in the ground, I would say twice per week is fine (assuming no rain). Any specific tips to make this happen? Thinking possibly of Asian jasmine vine or who knows. I think she’s gonna be okay. I question is right now they look super healthy I’ve been watering them a lot no flowering yet …. Mine are both very well established & I routinely pinch them for that reason – to bring on the color. Is there a way to prevent growth of these “suckers” around the base? Hi Nancy – The dwarf/trailing Bougainvilleas make great ground covers. It is so overgrown that it has fallen over a walkway path to the point I have to crawl under it to get to the front yard. I have 2 bougainvillea that have never bloomed. For more info check this post on “how to plant bougainvillea to grow successfully: the one thing to know.“. I cannot tell because the soil always feels damper a little deeper but how do I know how often to water? I don’t want it to attach itself to the wall, just the trellis. I’ve never done that before but if it’s the best option, go for it. I put bamboo sheeting behind the wire to provide a little privacy. It seems to be helping a little, but not as much as I hoped. I like to buy bougies which are named varieties & are in flower. My bogs are beautiful this year. I get a lot of naysayers up here because we do get a big freeze I actually have six that have survived ! I’m sure others will benefit from reading this & now I can pass this info on. Some Hard freezes there are infrequent but do happen from time to time. Hi from South Florida — I “dropped ” a scrawny about to die boug in an out of the way spot and forgot about it. They’ll also drop all their foliage. I put one plant in the middle of a 10 ft space attached to wire. Of course, the taller the bougainvillea, the bigger the root ball will be. We live in the desert southwest and our vine bougie dropped all its leaves within a month of planting and looked almost dead for about 2 years! You said you added more organic soil & more mulch. Debbie – I don’t know because I’ve never known that color change to happen. Hi – I have bougainvilleas growing in zone 9A & they’re fine. Account related cookies If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. I live in southwest Florida and had planted 2 bogainvelia plants last year. I don't know of anyone who grows a bougainvillea outside in Guernsey, but keeping it in a warm, dry temperature would be the goal. But when you order from Fast Growing Trees, you not only get this rare variety...you also get a healthy tree that grows and grows, all effortlessly. I’m beside myself and don’t know what to do. I just bought a beautiful pink one and I’m very scared I’m going to kill it. Most bloom the 1st year. Required fields are marked *. I also bought way too many plants! If you have a small garden then choose one of the dwarf varieties that only grow up to one and half metres high. Luke – I can’t open the pictures. Just know that pruning will encourage new growth which can be good & bad (depending on how you look at it!) In the case of bougainvilleas, definitely not. So far I have fuchsia, white, pink, and red. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 02, 2020: Do you mean the roots have grown through cracks in the sides of the pot, or that they have grown through the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot? If the plant has been in the pot too long, and the roots are going round and round, they will need to be loosened. It can be not so good in dry weather, requiring you to water more often. I’ve never fertilized bougainvilleas; only composted. Mine in Santa Barbara they never froze so they showed color 9 months out of the year. Here you can see how this plant gets into soffits and roof shingles if not managed properly. Then it hit me that this was a bougainvillea, duh. I thank you in advance for your expertise & look forward to your feedback. It gets 6 hours of full sun a day. Your email address will not be published. Thank you for sharing all your Boug intell…….I have made a lot of mistakes in the past and do not want to continue that pattern so I started looking for info and found you:) I am moving into a home in Southern CA and I have no idea how to handle an extremely mature , overgrown, slumpted over, beautiful blooming bougainvillea. – more to prune but you’ll get more flowering. I think you’re going to have to transplant them as carefully as possible without cutting off too many of the roots. Second one is a Johnny Walker (again, no info on the pot or sales slip). I live in zone 7. Here’s a post I did on this subject: https://www.joyusgarden.com/how-to-plant-bougainvillea-to-grow-successfully-the-most-important-thing-to-know/ Nell. I wish I have that purple bougainvillea too. Thanks very much, ill definitely plant them in their pots! In a pot, the root ball is surrounded with cold air in winter which makes it more susceptible to freeze damage. Nell, Hi Cheryl – Both are very vigorous growers & bloom a lot in full sun. @tracy-arizmendi: Thank you, Tracy1973. The bougainvillea could get it but I’ve never seen either 1 of those pests infest bougies. The first year I bought the house in San Dimas, CA. I don’t suppose it will turn orange, will it? If growing one of the smaller varieties in a pot or container, ensure you use a good-quality potting mix. Also, it’s still cool where you are & they like sun & heat. I am paranoid about the watering because I think I watered too much on my older ones. This can vary depending on where you live. Bloom? Bougainvilleas can be pruned hard or lightly with success. I was afraid to prune it after reading that they should never be pruned. If you want to use it, I think you’re going to have to find someone who has a good sized bougie & cut from that. I would say she poisoned it some time in June because by July 15 it was really getting to be droopy and the brachs were drying out. I have just moved into a Florida house that has a bougainvillea planted next to it. Will they bloom back properly? I ended up taking the 3rd one out. Hi Nell from India…I loved your blog about bougs. If they’re only getting morning sun, then move them. It is growing well but is now blooming white. What a lovely way to remember & celebrate your life together! I have loved bougainvillea since I first saw one on a trip to San Francisco. Be sure to plant where it will have good drainage. My bougainville is over 50 years old and still going strong, Both pots have cracked badly and I need to replace them.The problem is that the trees have grown their big roots into the gound …What can I do to have them in new and stable pots while not cutting those roots ? One plant didn’t make it. Hi Clare – When prune a bougainvillea, it puts out lots of soft, new growth & it sounds like that’s what you have. 1 or 2 nights of freeze you can cover them. This can be treated by spraying it with a fungicide. Any advice is appreciated. Ive read about three options for overwintering: Place it in the garage near the hotwater heater in darkness which would provide a little warmth and let it go dormant, overwinter it in the house in a south window where it would only get a little light because Portland is cloudy and rainy all winter, or put it under a grow light in the garage. When I lived in Charlotte NC, I visited Key West where I bought a bougainvillea from a woman who assured me it would survive the winter if it became established before winter arrived. I’m starting some new bougainvillea and wondered how they’d do in plant grow bags. Hi Valerie – I don’t have any experience with over wintering this plant. Some need bright, indirect light. After cutting down a huge oak we are left with an extremely hot patio under a pergola. These vines grow rapidly, and will soon be climbing the tree. Do we know why this is happened? Not as much flowering though. They do well. Had planned on putting them in 2 different “in ground” locations, but unfortunately we hit concrete a few inches down in one spot so my gardener put the two side by side. By following … BUT I have no ground to plant it in so I must use a pot. 1 hasn’t been supplementally watered for almost 3 years now & is blooming away like crazy despite our drought here in CA. You will get new growth, but you will be snipping off the flower buds. And, they don’t like to be transplanted so choose the location carefully. If the top 1 inch (2.54 centimeters) is dry, the plant needs water. Now that we have relocated to Florida, I can finally grow my own. Now what? It would be less frustrating to plant something that naturally makes a hedge. Glass Crystals on Elastic, Enamel Eye Charm, Gold Plated Beads, Approx Length 180mm *Please note due to the natural and handmade nature of the components used … Please help? Rooting from softwood cuttings, around 6″ long is best. Oh my goodness Laura, I love bougainvilleas but I’d never put 1 next to a pool. I have one of those old-fashioned iron T-pole style clothes-line and planned to train the vine up one of the poles. It gets some shade. I pulled them all out thinking it would need mulch. You can treat this with a broad-spectrum fungicide. I did that and fertilized every 8 weeks. The oak probably helps to protect it a bit because the wind can knock a lot of the blooms off. This plant grows well in both full sun and shade Good for making bonsai. Sorry Nell, that should have read 20mm (2 cm) not 30. Nell, Hi Cheryl – 1 every 10′ is enough. I have a beautiful ones which is in a pot, outside in a very sunny position and doing very well. These are small caterpillars that chew away at the leaves. I fear this may be what has happened. Good luck with replanting your bougainvillea, and thank you for reading my article. Hi Nell, I live in Indiana where it snows, and just recently bought me a bouganvillea simply because I love them I’m from California and admire them. Now is a great time to prune it. I live in South Florida. Prune the bougainvillea. When first planted or transplanted, the soil around a bougainvillea should be kept moist. Within 30 days I’ve lost all of the flowers & am now losing some leaves and don’t know what to do. Do you think the roots could grow through that? But here is my question I live in Otawa, Canada and would like to bring it indoors until next spring can I cut it back before or should I wait until next spring. How do I care for it? Has done great until the last three weeks and suddenly the top shoots are all drying up, leaves turning brown and falling off. My question is, my mother is in search for a multi-colored Bougainvillea Tree. I am in zone 7. Over 50. Another thing I learned early on is that this colorful plant doesn’t make a good cut flower. Nell my magenta colored bougie has been in the ground 3 years. If you want it to grow against a wall or fence, then angle it that way. My bougainvillea has a lot of thorny branches, but not one leaf. I should mention that we have lived in this house for 15 years and this is the first year I shaped it and noticed a few red flowers from time to time. Thanks for sharing some informations about this beautiful plant. They would certainly do fine for 1 season, but the winters are too cold along with the spring. I still have them planted in full sun and they bloom some of the time. I had no idea. Bougainvillea, however, prefers to dry out a bit between waterings, and needs good drainage. 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)? Hey I got a Boug cutting (with light orange flowers) for my pot one year back. I will find another location for my bougainvilleas! On sage advice of neighbors, I cut the hedge back to a single stalk and ever since it has been stunning, bursting forth year around in bloom. Maybe a local Armstrong Gardens would be better. I’ve since moved south and in this part of the state, it’s seemingly everywhere. It’s flowering a little right now. Do you know whether it comes in any other colors I didn't mention? I live in San Antonio and there are bougainvilleas everywhere and in many colors. This is the time I feed it and water it like crazy to produce new growth and a magnificent show of flowers. I will give you the website. If you have cold winters you will need to keep it potted, but if you're in zone 9, 10, or 11, it should be fine in the ground. I didn’t know I was suppose to leave Bogie in the original pot. Answer: The sap of bougainvillea is mildly toxic. Bougainvillea post coming tomorrow! Flowering times and needs are therefore slightly different between varieties. Bougies are strong so you might want to put up 2 or 3 more strings. I never pruned mine back too much & periodically tipped the ends for maximum flowering. Then, I would make 5 single slits all the way up & down the sides of the pot (for a 5 gallon size). I need advise for a plain concrete balcony without balcony. HELP!!!! Good growing conditions mean a healthy bougainvillea and should keep many problems at bay. As branches get older, little side shoots will emerge, and they will bloom on their tips, too. Hope that helps! After all, the key to feng shui is to see the interconnection between dualities. Be sure to wear gloves – the majority of bougs have long thorns. You may want to consider pruning it back a bit — after it finishes blooming, of course. Give them regular, deep waterings until they’re established. Also, you can plant your BK slightly at an angle going towards the T-pole which will help you in the training. I’ve just moved and I’m anxious to start landscaping my huge sun-drenched garden. However, I didn’t plant my boug in the ground. Has yours faded in color, or changed in some other way? This will promote healthy growth in the spring. Hi Nell You have a great site. Its on a trellis , But the vine has thorns about 3/4 inches long [ like bouganvillea] Does bouganvillea com in varigated leaves {green and white]? Bougies are very sensitive in regards to their roots, but if yours is well established & well rooted, it should be fine. They seem to shout out “Hey, look at me & I’ll make you smile!” So, I had my yard guy put it in the hole I had dug. So no, there’s no way to prevent them. Bougies flower on new growth. Her unique bracts open as deep orange, then turn to coral, and finally mature into a salmon-pink. Great site! The master gardeners I spoke with said they knew Home Depot and Sparr both carry Neem. Nothing to loose, really. The roots can freeze. Renee. The soil is gravel and sand. My dilemma has to do with having to plant one in a pot. Post a Reply to this Thread You cannot post until you register , sign up and subscribe. Question: Where can I purchase bougainvilleas ? What a wonderful website! What is the possibility of it living out here? I am wanting to plant some bouganvillea in our front bed (faces East). Hi Shawna – Yes, you could have one as an annual. They need at least 6 hours a day to produce all that color we love. Fantastic site. Question: I would like my Bougainvillea to keep growing where it would cover a fence. Hi Bill – I recently moved to Tucson so I know what you mean about the temps. 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 now live in Tucson & have pruned my bougies there. Fertilize twice per year, in early spring and mid-summer, using a slow-release fertilizer. Do you think if I cut them back, water them, and put them out in the sunlight they will revive and come alive? Without support, they just flop down & can become a sprawling low blob. I waited 2 weeks and then fertilized with a bougainvillea fertilizer, then again a month later (yesterday). I am in the Oklahoma City area and just purchased my first Bougainvilleas from a nursery.
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