I thank you in advance for your expertise & look forward to your feedback. We live in southern California, Palm Springs. Hi Peter – Bougainvilleas are semi-deciduous or deciduous in winter when the temps drop. When the plant is large enough for Not spots, just areas. Nell, I’ve had a 5′ bougainvillea in a large planter for 4 yrs on the west side w some shade. Pink-White Bougainvillea. Hope that helps, Nell. Nell, Thank you Deanna! I do a few lighter prunings, or trimmings, after each flowering cycle during the seasons to keep them in that shape. They’ll also drop all their foliage. Sure, Home Depot doesn’t seem very helpful. fill in. Thank you for your prompt reply. Nell. Then last month suddenly most of the clusters of flowers turned light brown. I looked at it today, and gave it a little water….much to my surprise, it has new growth on it !! If it’s a larger growing variety, just make sure the pot is large too. I’m afraid to cut it off but I’m willing to try anything! Nell. It is growing well but is now blooming white. The plant is about 6 and a half feet tall, and requires a stake for support. I thought sun damage as well but could not figure out why since they are sun loving plants. Am I expecting too much too fast? I had a metal trellis attached to the garage & started slowly training stems (turned out to be 2 main ones) over & across. Nell. Just know that pruning will encourage new growth which can be good & bad (depending on how you look at it!) Sirena. Hi Nell, Its almost a year since I last wrote to you for advice regarding Bougainvillea. Hort were my fav nurseries back then. And having them near a pool would mean a lot of clean up. Do I need to remove more top soil? If you give it a go, let me know if it survives! Bougainvillea Vera White-Double Blooms White with Green Foliage-Tropical Zone 9+ Plugs are starter plants with approximately 1” in diameter by 1 ¼+” deep roots in plastic cups. Hi Nell – I live in Northern Baja in the desert. I wish I would have gotten to this blog way before I touched it. I know it was a mistake now because all of the blooms look like they have died. Is this plant going to die now? What else can I try. Hi Michelle – I want to make some design changes to the porch and I don’t want to plan around a tree that will be dead in a couple of years and have to start over. I trained my Bougainvillea “Barbara Karst” into a tree – it was a tall, columnar shape when I bought the house. Now they look like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Hope that helps, Nell. They do well. And pay attention to height because some of the taller varieties don’t get as tall as others. The trunks are quite large, and I fear they are root bound. tried my best not to disturb the root coming out of each pot, but they each sustained some “scarring” as i shifted the pots around to complete my project. I trimmed the branches back 1/3 after the bracts fell off and feed it 6-8-10. Thank you. I live in the west San Fernando Valley so it gets really hot. This is my first year with this plant absolutely love it. I live in South Florida. then when the roots decide to emerge out of the pot again, they will more or less go down into the soil. Luke – I can’t open the pictures. I could add topiary or bonsai because here in Santa Barbara I’ve seen it pruned into the shapes of a large basket & swan. Please help? As far as I can tell there are 2 one meter sucker trees (growing in a really awkward spot), 3 smaller trees which have been cut back at some time and 3 original trees which are full of spines and are rampant. Hope that helps, Nell. Hedge – just keep on pinching & pruning out all that soft growth. These are of course growing up from the bottom but the bottom 4 to 5 feet of branches look fine so far, it is just the top few feet that look awful. I’ve searched online for how to care for it and am finding so much conflicting information. Hi-I planted 5 bougs 2 yrs ago. Yes, I think you’re expecting too much too soon. Hi Karen – I’m not sure what size you planted, but a 1 gallon plant would grow very slowly. Or should I plant it in a larger pot first, and then pot it into the ground? Lots of colors, sizes, shapes, and forms make it a very common landscape plant – especially fitting with the Mediterranean and Spanish architecture here in Santa Barbara. Hi Blaine – It looked like a green chimney when I bought the house. Do you think the roots could grow through that? I’ve never done that before but if it’s the best option, go for it. Sounds like the Hibiscus have either whiteflies &/or mealy bugs because they are prone to both. The whole west wall of the huge backyard is a compilation of at least 8 multi trunk bouganvilleas along the wall. I was wondering what you think about planting my Bougies against galvanized steel sheeting. Any tips on variety, care and spacing is greatly appreciated. Hi Bill – I recently moved to Tucson so I know what you mean about the temps. Its gettimg aboit 8 hours of sun per day. Hi Nell, That being said, as long as the roots have room to grow (which it sounds like they do), they’ll be fine. Would it grow well here in the ground? This is the time I feed it and water it like crazy to produce new growth and a magnificent show of flowers. Can I spray them with a dish soap and water mist to kill whatever this is, or is Neem Oil better? We currently live in the U.S. Any information would be appreciated. Hi Bethany – Smart move to plant your new bougie in the grow pot! I put one plant in the middle of a 10 ft space attached to wire. biggest tip: don’t remove it from the grow pot when planting. Now what? Any help on this would be appreciated! And, some are more cold tolerant than others. Hope you find one! All the best. Oh my goodness Laura, I love bougainvilleas but I’d never put 1 next to a pool. Thank you Nell; Your reply was encouraging. Also behind the fence is a lot of English Ivy that has been allowed to grow ramped. Both of mine are planted next to a structure as well as the sidewalk & driveway. Bougenvillias thrive here and we are not a dry climate. Hi Emily – I would happily send you a cutting but I don’t think it would make it because they almost immediately droop after picking. These technologies are used for things like interest based Etsy ads. I bought a “Barbara Karst” today for a sunny patio area that has a south and west exposure. Should I fertilize? I learned this when I worked at a nursery & did it many times always with success when I was a professional gardener. Nell, Hi Penny – I now live in the desert in Tucson AZ where we had record temps in June just like you. Give them regular, deep waterings until they’re established. I’ve never fertilized bougainvilleas but I have composted them. I’m tickled pink to have you here! Thank you Send me exclusive offers, unique gift ideas, and personalised tips for shopping and selling on Etsy. Bougies do best in the sun & heat & can look at bit “funky” when the temps drop. Nell. How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom. I’ve bookmarked your page and will come back often for more info and to watch any new videos! Thanks for all your info and replying to my posts. When the wind blows many of the leaves of the Bougainvillea find their way into my veggie garden where I grow squash and peppers. Buy Bougainvillea Variegated (Pink and White Flower) - Plant and 6000+ more gardening products online. Here’s an important thing to know: do not take your bougies out of their pots when planting. Work from the outside of the plant inward & remove branches all the way back to the main branches. Do bougainvilles thorns exude an irritant? The miraculous thing is that I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I have absolutely no experience in regards to this. Nell. Bougainvilleas bloom on new wood. Nell. I have 2 variegated orange bougainvilleas in hanging pots that wilt in the direct summer sun. Nell, Hi Tracy – You can just make slits in the sides & that’ll be fine. Simply cut off the upper rim if it’s sticking way up above the soil line & cut multiple slits in the sides & also the bottom. I’ve seen this done in Hawaii where I grew up but always with a single color or variety. I think you might be lucky as you don’t live in the tropics, in the tropics they are quite erratic about flowering but flower they do even with high rainfall and extreme heat and humidity. Grown in shades of red, orange, pink, white and some variegated tri-colors, the soft and delicate “paper-like” petals have made it famous across the world. Apply at least a 4-6″ layer of a good, organic, local compost & see what happens. I’d definitely do a trial run well in advance of the wedding. I’m keeping the […], Your email address will not be published. Hello, I’m in the Portland OR metro area (zone 7b-8a) and most garden centers here sell bougs as summer annuals. In the rainy season some flower too, usually the “cold purple” small leaved one. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks for all the information. The hybrids go through a lot of breeding so perhaps that has something to do with it. Fill the hole back in & then cover with a 2-3″ layer of nice, rich compost. The flowers are falling off very slowly. It has bloomed twice already and I also have another one different colour that is just starting to bloom again when is the best time to cut it back to give it shape! I think the inner stems were still green, but I didn’t have the patience to wait, so I replaced it. There’s really nothing you can do about the shoots, except to prune them out. I’ve never grown a bougainvillea indoors so thanks for sharing. Gradually, over the next year, the poorly ones got worse and the good ones also started going bad. Hi Melanie – Oh dear, that is a cruel neighbor. Do the transplanting in early spring or fall, not during heat which will add to stress. Of course, the taller the bougainvillea, the bigger the root ball will be. On arbors, trellis’, fences, buildings & walls. Hi Dennis – If only the top & outer shoots are drying up, it sounds like 2 things to me. I’m in Boca Raton, Florida so it is quite hot. It’s an annoyance as it requires maintenance nearly every month. I planted 3 Raspberry Ice boug in it but I’m wondering if they will thrive in such a small space. Thanks for your time. I live in California in zone 9B in the San Fernando Valley (North Granada Hills). Nell. 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]? This is considered semi-tropics. There are growers, mainly in Florida, who grow the trees. I always plant bougainvilleas in their plastic grow pots. I remove the original plastic pot and with gently care to the root ball I planted my Bogie in an above ground – 1-1/2 x 1 -1/2 planter box. Or would there be any point? I’ve always had bougainvilleas bloom like crazy (in my drier climates) so the thought had never crossed my mind. I recently purchased a home that was terribly overgrown with plants everywhere. 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 will get married next year and I wanted to plant around 200 plants divided in pots and ground planting so I have enough to work with. I’d like to train a B to grow up one of the big cedar posts about 12′ high and spread over the pergola. Hi Nell, Hey I got a Boug cutting (with light orange flowers) for my pot one year back. First off, let me mention what a great site you have with tons of info! Happy gardening, Nell. Also, sometimes it takes them 2-4 of years after planting to really settle in & bloom. Nell. Nell. Otherwise, bring them into the garage when a cold spell is forecast. I just bought a beautiful pink one and I’m very scared I’m going to kill it. I didn’t touch them all winter and I didn’t water them. Hi Jim – I live in Tucson & my bougainvilleas take a lot of sun & heat without wilting bur they’re in the ground. Bougies flower on new growth. Thanking you in advance for your help. If you want more blooms, check this post: How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom. I’ve had my bougainvillea since Aug 1 2015. Nell, Hi Gina – Bougainvillea is very tough & because it sounds like that stand is well established, you should get new growth appearing soon. I used to live in Santa Barbara (on the coast of CA) & that would have been fine. Please Help!!! You’ll have to dig down a bit to get as many as you can. Quite the versatile plant! Nell, I live in the UK. I live in zone 7. Besides, too many butterflies & hummingbirds visit my plants so I want them to enjoy the flowers “au natural”. Nell. We have lots of varieties here too. i have opened those holes up to about 6-inch diameter, and reset the pots on stones with some lightly packed dirt under the pot / drain hole. Hi Lan – A soil mix that doesn’t contain too much peat & has excellent drainage is best. All the best, Nell. There are lots of bougainvillea fertilizers on the market but the one that we recommended at the nursery was also for, The only pests I’ve seen on mine are the bougainvillea loopers. Also, it’s still cool where you are & they like sun & heat. Nell. Thornless Varieties. I am wondering if it would be okay to clip the bougie to the wire instead of threading it, or if you think threading will still work with this size opening. I would like to replant it into the ground now and I read in one of the comments earlier you suggested planting the pot directly into the ground without taking the plant out. She’s a keeper. They put out long, fleshy water shoots so be sure to prune those out – they mess up the shape. it looks like a mess of sticks with a bit of green here and there that I asked them to leave. […], […] Secrets of bougainvillea: sharing all I know about this colorful plant […], […] The Secrets Of Bougainvillea: Sharing All I Know About … – Bougainvillea is a riot of … If you want it to grow against a wall or fence, then angle it … Bougainvilleas don’t cling or attach themselves so you need to … […], […] Bougainvilleas are super easy to grow due to the fact that they love direct sunlight, can survive in poor quality soil and, once established, don’t need much water. I have not watered them in about a year, so the only water they get is from the rain. I’m in central Alabama. Sounds like you have a bougainvillea. UR total fan, George Stanley, Fresno, Ca, Hi George – You say hibiscus twice but mention “Barbara Karst”. Has done great until the last three weeks and suddenly the top shoots are all drying up, leaves turning brown and falling off. I give both of mine a harder pruning in mid-winter to set the shape I want them to be later on in the year. I pruned my “Barbara Karst” around Labor Day (waited for the intense heat to pass!) I’ve lost some due to overwatering (too much rain) and am hoping the permeable bag would allow the extra to evaporate. Can I move it right away to a sunny area ? When I prune (I always forget to wear gloves) I usually cut myself on a thorn and it hurts for days. Thank you for all the info. You can hedge many of the bougainvilleas but it’ll take a bit of pruning to keep them at 6-10′. Hi Nell, It’s definitely not a flower to use in big arrangements nor work with the day or 2 before the wedding! However, I live in Tucson AZ & my bougies don’t show it at all. Will this burn the plants in the extreme heat? Early winter isn’t the best time to prune this plant but if you must, then give it a light pruning. Or Should I just start over? Hello, Hi Rosie – Bougainvilleas can be a bit slow to go at 1st, depending on the size of the grow pot & plant. Neil, I enjoy reading your site. I’ve found the SDR stays a bit more red & the BK is a bit more on the magenta/red side depending on where they’re growing. The strong vine-like habit provides quick cover and a beautiful show throughout the warm season. I don’t know of anyone online who sells them. Water deeply to establish in the heat, at least once or twice a week. Thanks. I love your page. I am not worried so much about the blooming but some of the leaves are getting faded white areas on them. HELP!!!! Nell. I can’t believe I have stumbled across so much knowledge about these plants! Bougies are hardy to around 25 degrees F & are suited to USDA zones 10 & 11. The bracts are the real showstoppers and come in shades of red, purple, magenta, hot pink, light pink, orange, apricot and white. 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. Hi Nell: A few years ago we moved from Southern California to a beautiful valley just east of Quito Ecuador. You have a longer growing season than other parts of the country do. Required fields are marked *. I’ve never fertilized mine & they bloom just how I want them to. It does get lots of light and sun, and I am afraid it is going to take over our dining room ! Please. I never fertilize them, only compost. I’ve never fertilized bougainvilleas; only composted. One of my favorite forms of Bougainvillea … It has 26 established bougainvilleas. I don’t know where you are, how cold it got or for how long so I can’t say. I’m planning on using it in a wedding I’m decorating for in August (we live about 90 miles north of Santa Barbara ) any recommendations on keeping blooms fresh after cutting or sources on where to purchase? And yes, bury the pot to the level of the root ball soil. You will need to water them more often than when in the ground. What to do? I have a bougainvillea that I purchased 3 years ago. I will have it in a pot so I can move it. I live in Portland Oregon zone 8 and they sell them everywhere but always unsure if I want to spend the money and have it not live through the winter. Planting it in the center might be easier for training though. Here’s a post on planting bougainvillea: Nell, I was just wandering i am looking to make a small hedge around my garden beds yousing a dwarf boug do i need to create a small wire line around the garden bed for it to cling to thanks, Yes Jason, that would be best to keep them in the form you’d like. We planted a red bougie on the slope behind our barn. Hi David – I let the fallen bougainvillea leaves gather around the base of my bougies because it helps retain moisture. Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'Imperial Delight' is a semi-dwarf, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with elegant clusters of white papery bracts suffused with pale pink, surrounding tiny white flowers. I have a wire strung across the top and the middle that I’ve attached them to. If the temps dip below freezing, then yes, you should bring it indoors for those months. I shaped it and noticed a few red flowers from time to time. I am in the Oklahoma City area and just purchased my first Bougainvilleas from a nursery. It would prefer a deeper soaking less often. Also, you could get the color(s) that you want. It sort of looks like some kind of fading but I don’t know what is the cause or how to correct. Here’s a post on planting/transplanting a bougie: https://www.joyusgarden.com/how-to-plant-bougainvillea-to-grow-successfully-the-most-important-thing-to-know/ as well as an updated care: https://www.joyusgarden.com/care-growing-tips-bougainvillea/ Nell. Nell. It is now summer here in Ohio and the days are hot. If so, should I instead water manually, every week, 2 weeks, monthly, or not at all? Barbara Karst is one of the taller, more robust bougainvilleas. We do this with marketing and advertising partners (who may have their own information they’ve collected). Hi Sylvia – Bougainvilleas do fine in pots. I would think that spring would be best. I cut the rim off & make slits in the sides & bottom of the pot. 1 of mine has completely defoliated, the other has not. Hope that helps! Those suckers that you see on your bougainvillea are water shoots. Hi Jane – Thank you! When the plant is large enough for repotting, move it to a container only one size larger. Is there anything I can do to get it back to orange? When i got the plant I repotted it and put it in the sun. Is it just smart for me to go get some more seashells? 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. Of course, I wasn’t there when he did it, so it was crooked and looked ridiculous, when he got done. HI NELL