Bougainvillea’s are easily trainable to grow in vine form on trellis’, into a small tree form, or used as a unique and bright privacy hedge. I don’t need massive trails coming off it, just want some low maintanence color. Hey I got a Boug cutting (with light orange flowers) for my pot one year back. Satisfaction guaranteed. The steel would be too hot. I’ve discovered to my horror that my potted bouganvillea rooted out of the one drainage hole into the ground! Thank you, Hi Sandra – It very well could be happy. Sounds like you have a bougainvillea. Overwatering = no color (not to mention rot!). I’m keeping the […], Your email address will not be published. Bougainvillea glabra can be easily grown as a hedge, an arch or a tree on the ground and in pots. Now that’s an Edward Scissorhands at it’s finest! Azaleas and dogwoods bloom here in early April. Green and pink bougainvillea hedge with pencil cactus in background . I never supplementally watered my very established bougies in Santa Barbara & they did fine. I gained a better understanding about the plant. Here’s a post I did on planting them: https://www.joyusgarden.com/how-to-plant-bougainvillea-to-grow-successfully-the-most-important-thing-to-know/ Nell. We want that explosion of color that only bougainvillea leaves can provide! We dip into the upper 20s on the colder winter days with some light dusting of frost on those evenings. I’m not sure how big your plant or why you’re pruning it (to control the height, to make it fill in, to stimulate flowering, etc) so it’s hard to tell you. It’ll ultimately need a large pot over time; at least 20″. The roots can freeze. You say it’s not cold damage but I’m doing a post & video on this subject in a few days. Plan is to transfer it into a larger plastic container. The flowers are falling off very slowly. Also, it is not some leaves but all the leaves on those sections of branches that are dying, I have pruned most of those branches off now but wondering what is causing this and if there is something I should do to help the situation. Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by. The colors are just a matter of what you can find – the bright pink & magenta colors seem to be more readily available as low growers than the colors you want . Bougainvillea is a flowering vine that you can train on a trellis or fence for a landscape accent. I would never live to see a new one get as big and established as the one I have. My Bogie came with a trellis and I have placed a trellis on each side of the planter box so Bogie can spread and grow along the wall. Nell. 1 or 2 nights of freeze you can cover them. The other colors do not seems to get so huge and perhaps their leaves fade but do not turn ugly brown. As I said, they’re very, very tough plants but big babies when it comes to their roots. The mountains surrounding us are always green. Bougainvillea loves sun & heat so new growth will come in the spring. Gradually, over the next year, the poorly ones got worse and the good ones also started going bad. Mine are both very well established & I routinely pinch them for that reason – to bring on the color. If you want more blooms, check this post: How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom. Depending on what species/variety of bougie you have, some of those could be water shoots. Is it going to keep growing inside ?? Give them regular, deep waterings until they’re established. There are many better houseplants you can choose if you want flowers. If the branches were damaged in any way, then you won’t see much if any growth. Thank you for all of this info. Dig the hole twice as wide as deep & add in a good amount of loam (you don’t need this if your soil drains freely) & organic compost. ", now have a showpiece bougainvillea. For example, preparation of the soil, watering tips, and growing the tree and, "I didn't know that my bougainvillea could be brought indoors for the winter. Not sure but it would be nice knowing what each variety’s cross was so we could plan planting better…..any ideas? Of course, the lower growing bougies don’t need transplanting as often. Bougies can be slow to take off so give that 1 some time. Oh, I love to create so you’ll find a bit of that in the mix along with lots of videos too. Nell. « An Easy To Create Succulent Vine Wreath, What To Do In A Drought With A Non-Drought Tolerant Garden ». What was left is a 15 foot tall trunk with a few bare branches. By the way Im very attentive to my plants and have a lot of experience with gardening just haven’t tried these Do you think this would be enough room to train a bougie around and up? Question: I would like my Bougainvillea to keep growing where it would cover a fence. I learned this when I worked at a nursery & did it many times always with success when I was a professional gardener. My question is : should I take it out of the basket first or plant it as is? Nell. Dig a hole for each hibiscus and bougainvillea plant, or dig a trench for the entire hedge. It bloomed once, it wont bloom again in the fall? thank you! I’ll just let it gradually get used to full sun and see what happens next! For more tips on growing bougainvillea, like what to do with it during the winter, read on! Nell. Will my Bogie be happy even though I took off the planter pot? Help. She may be as old as me! Our neighbors Boug hangs over the side fence, and blows into our “addict” (chemical dependency problem) lol At least they are floaters. Please help me determine what would be the best. By the way, none of my other plants have been attacked by these pests. Why the color change? I also know I over watered it. You are one busy lady!! A monster with minimal new growth and blooms, lots of brown ugliness inside. My 2 are both well established so they put out 3 or 4 big bloom displays each year. We want to mix up a great deal of colors and varieties but want a consistent growth rate so we don’t have gaps. Yes, fuchsia is one color. I was considering using a colored corrugated steel for a better look. UR total fan, George Stanley, Fresno, Ca, Hi George – You say hibiscus twice but mention “Barbara Karst”. Etienne – Thank you so much for sharing. Nell, Hi Gina – Bougainvillea is very tough & because it sounds like that stand is well established, you should get new growth appearing soon. Living in Montreal, Quebec, I thought this would be difficult to keep them. The root system could have been less developed than the others. then when the roots decide to emerge out of the pot again, they will more or less go down into the soil. It was also helpful to know that I can bring it, "Buying a new house in Scotland having moved from London, so gardening will be very different. Beside above, does bougainvillea need trellis? If you want it to grow against a wall or fence, then angle it that way. By putting it in a pot the rampant tendencies are curbed," Ray said. Do you know if that will work? ", However, it began to wilt. Nell, Sherika – The best time to incorporate the trellis is at planting time. Thanks! There are so many here in So Cal planted in paved areas with no problems. “San Diego Red” is a very strong variety which is reportedly the most cold tolerant. Just wondering if you can tell me how many bougies would I need to cover a fence line of 15 metres? Nurseries usually sell bougainvilleas at the height of their blooming period. My plant has several long arms. Nell. You want the plants to be well-established before cooler temperatures begin. I don’t know the variety. I live in So Cal but the nights have been rather cold lately and it’s only going to get colder. And having them near a pool would mean a lot of clean up. I didn’t leave it in the plastic pot it came in, but have brought it inside every winter, trimmed it back and it has done well. Add limestone to the soil to increase the pH or sulphur to decrease the pH as necessary. Where are surrounded by bougainvilleas here in Southern California but the trees are a rarity. I don’t suppose it will turn orange, will it? Nell. Am getting ready to, "Easy to read and understand. Thanks for all the information. In the rainy season some flower too, usually the “cold purple” small leaved one. I’ve never fertilized bougainvilleas but I have composted them. Great – Bougainvilleas are tough as can be but don’t like to have their roots disturbed! Nell, Hi Nell Could you tell me if Bougies will dig up surrounding paving with their roots. I’m doing everything right as far as I know and my bougainvillea are not growing or blooming; in the full sun all day, not over watering (waiting for the soil to get good and dry then saturate), they’ve even wilted a couple of times, the right plant food 6-8-10 bougain food for “powerful bloom boost” it proclaims. Thank you for your advice. I didn’t know I was suppose to leave Bogie in the original pot. Bougies love hot sun. I just did an updated post on bougainvillea care: https://www.joyusgarden.com/care-growing-tips-bougainvillea/ . Hi Lan – A soil mix that doesn’t contain too much peat & has excellent drainage is best. I wonder if it would help to make a ‘cage’ of metal mesh for the roots. Also, I, "Very helpful article. Fingers crossed. Is this a good idea? I now have another one that I would love to plant in the same spot but I’m afraid the poison remains in the ground and I won’t ever be able to do that. How long will it take to fill in? Hi Rosie – Bougainvilleas can be a bit slow to go at 1st, depending on the size of the grow pot & plant. So anyone experiencing the same problem as me, try watering more frequently for at least a week to see any difference. The AZ desert is a tougher climate than the coast of CA. My question is, do I plant it at center or at one end of the wall ? I’ve seen smaller wrap around plant pots but not any large ones. Or using a heated soil mat ? Should I stop watering for a while? What’s your recommendation?? If you are planting this hedge against a wall, the holes should be at least 8 inches away from the wall. Yes Luke, I’d try Armstrong Gardens. Well I gave it a trim today and I’m so scared that it will die. The only ones I’ve seen are from a man in the Philippines doing the grafting. I put them in the garage last winter but didn’t cut them back. My question is, my mother is in search for a multi-colored Bougainvillea Tree. So I did leave them in full sun on the balcony, and inside next to a large window from late October (just before frost) until may 15). They don’t like to have their roots disturbed when planted that’s why it’s best to leave them in the grow pots. Not the answer you were probably hoping for but I hope it helps! I live in Portugal and have just purchased my first bougainvillea. I got one without instructions. Hope that helps! we use and what variety? After reading your postings, I learned it was too much water. would be a good companion but it sounds like both are doing fine. I have successfully killed about 6 plantings of six plants each from 2007 to 2012 (when I had a stroke) – none have survived so far. Then we moved to a house with less light, and in the winter I kept in in a basement room with lots of artificial lights 16hrs a day. Some people can get a skin rash from pruning bougainvillea, similar to that from poison ivy. You can cut the bottom off the pot & I’d put a few long slits on the sides too. Neil, I enjoy reading your site. Another thing I learned early on is that this colorful plant doesn’t make a good cut flower. Also, I’d prefer to start with plantings already a good 2-3′ high as I want to establish the hedge as quickly as possible. Also, you can plant your BK slightly at an angle going towards the T-pole which will help you in the training. As long as you can get your finger through to attach the stems, it’ll be fine. Be careful when pruning because they have thorns. We’re thinking about putting some bougs (white or light pink trailing) for our slope where the ivy is dying. I’m upset and don’t want to lose them! But, here’s what I can: My 2 bougainvilleas in Santa Barbara, CA never got any supplemental water at all & Southern California is in the midst of a big drought – both of the plants are doing just fine. Thanks very much. Bougainvillea are popular ornamental plants in most areas with warm climates. You have a longer growing season than other parts of the country do. To grow bougainvillea, plant it in well-draining soil in a sunny outdoor spot. The plant also comes in red, white, purple, orange and yellow. Yeah, if you click on my name (above, previous post) it actually links to the photos. The flower bracts are used for making a drink known as Agua de Buganvilia across America and the Caribbean region. Continue caring for your bougainvillea plant by watering sparingly, fertilizing every few months, pruning at the end of the season, and training it the climb a nearby wall or trellis. I often see beautiful bougs in window boxes but I’m unsure how big the boxes are. Depending on the variety/species of bougainvillea you’ll be planting, you may want to rethink planting six. To grow bougainvillea, plant it in full sun, slightly acidic and well-drained soil, and a relatively hot and dry climate. 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