I am clueless down here. Thanks. Normally, this is not a problem, but in the event of a prolonged freeze, it leaves these tropical plants quite vulnerable; so they must be covered. So bummed! Answer: Yes, I would trim off the brown parts. This unique tree is almost impossible to locate at big-box stores and chain garden centers. If you must have one, see above. I wiped off a greyish white film on the leaves (not sticky) and it hasn’t returned. Nell. Arizona. The plastic doesn’t disintegrate but the roots can grow out that way. Why wouldn't my bougainvillea have more leaves? Question: Do I fertilize and cut off leaves and flowers in winter? Keep the plant well watered when first planted, but then keep dry for more flowers once established. The colorful bracts will fade when spent, then will brown and drop to the ground. I can’t find any info on their root system. Nell, Hi I pruned it 3-4 times per year to keep it shaped. Yours are only 2 years old so that could be the issue because established bougies can withstand more stress. Its gettimg aboit 8 hours of sun per day. I will give you the website. Looking forward to your reply! Nell, Hi! I will check into the varieties I’m sure others will benefit from reading this & now I can pass this info on. My bougainvillea when it was first planted. Wear gloves when pruning bougainvillea. Can you tell me what varieties “hedge” up the best? Around here, shrubs grow so very large they would block the view of the beautiful bougainvillea flowers. The tag that came with it had very little info. James Walker is a popular one & grows to 20 -25’tall. Any suggestions? Also, how deep do I bury the pot? I live in Portugal and have just purchased my first bougainvillea. And pay attention to height because some of the taller varieties don’t get as tall as others. Hi Lynn – Greetings neighbor! I have 2 variegated orange bougainvilleas in hanging pots that wilt in the direct summer sun. I question is right now they look super healthy I’ve been watering them a lot no flowering yet …. Hope that helps, Nell. I am absolutely blown away by your photos and discussion with others who have tree size plants! In a pot, the root ball is surrounded with cold air in winter which makes it more susceptible to freeze damage. Question: What contrasting drought tolerant shrub pairs well with bougainvillea? My next post & video is on bougainvillea pruning so stay tuned. Nell. The spent blooms will drop off when they are done. Gregory Jones from IL on February 13, 2015: I landscaped in Florida for about 10 years and love the large varieties of color of bougainvillea. I used to spray my pansies and mondo grass with cayenne pepper dissolved in water to prevent squirrels from eating them. They prefer infrequent, deep waterings after thy’ve established. Hope that helps, Nell. And yes, bury the pot to the level of the root ball soil. I have different bougainvilleas now. I wish I would have seen your video before planting my Bogie. Hi Nell-I live in great B country, S. Texas (hot and dry); they grow beautifully here. I live in south Australia and have a wild bougainvillea. plants to grow up the side of my house. It’s an annoyance as it requires maintenance nearly every month. Unfortunately, I have a very cruel and diabolical neighbor who knows how much I love bougainvilleas and she poisoned it. Sorry for the late post, but do bougainvilleas cause damage to walls? I’ve bookmarked your page and will come back often for more info and to watch any new videos! Nell and everybody – I love Bougainvillea, but every day I clean the leaves out of our pool. Add a little compost to the hole to help hold the moisture. If so, should I instead water manually, every week, 2 weeks, monthly, or not at all? Information is quite vague online in this regards and its difficult for me to ascertain whether i am over or under watering them. Also, age can be a slight factor. I’ve already done a post showing some of these options so be sure to check it out. They do, however, typically bloom twice per year: spring and fall. Just make sure you’re pruners are really sharp! My newly planted bogainvelia of about 10 weeks already lost almost all its blooms. There aren't necessarily good and bad feng shui plants. You should be able to grow Bougainvillea but you might be right on the line of being too cold. I planted 6 San Diego Red plants (11.5 Gallon) in late May. Thanks for the info! You can always cut off the rim if you need to. It’s in the genes so the breeding is the cause. Can – -or should — bougainvilleas be trained to grow up and around a big tree, such as a pine or oak that is about 16 inches in diameter? Just got them this past spring and haven’t had them over a winter yet. Hi Rachel – Greetings from California, & thank you! It is 32 years old and it is the most important plant in my backyard as it makes a big statement. Answer: The color on any plant will fade as the blossoms and bracts age.
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