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In extreme cases, the contaminated soil has to be removed. Nell. Nell, Hello . Just wondering if anyone has any experience with a similar situation. We live on So Calif zone 9. These trees won’t hamper your gardening plans, even in the long term (unless the soil where you plan to garden is very thin; after all, even a normally deep-rooted tree will produce surface roots if there is, for example, a layer of solid rock just below the soil surface). Thank you for the quick reply. What to do? Bougainvilleas bloom on new wood. Hard to say not knowing what size the pots are. Bougainvilleas are superb trained against walls or on sturdy fences, trellises, or arbors. 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 . Wilting is the best indicator that watering is needed. It receives 2 gallons of water three times a week from drip system. I just leave them be because they don’t appear until mid-summer or so & never permanently damage my plants. Leaves are dark green and full, how do I get them to flower rather? Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a322c83328ab200986cb653d5a9d445f" );document.getElementById("i53d83aada").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Hi, I’m Nell, and this is where I celebrate all things garden and share my passion for plants, flowers and the great outdoors. I just did an updated post on bougainvillea care: . Some have green/white leaves & some green/yellowish leaves. They seem to shout out “Hey, look at me & I’ll make you smile!” Living in Montreal, Quebec, I thought this would be difficult to keep them. Propagation of bougainvillea isn’t as simple as it is for many of the plants in your garden. Other showy varieties include California Gold, the variegated-leafed Bengal Orange and the deep reddish-purple Alexandra. Will they be ok being so close together or should I move one of them into a pot? They are planted against a fence with no other plants, trees or foliage by them. All were covered with beautiful leaves and brachts. Nell, Hi Susan – Propagating bougainvilleas from cuttings is the easiest & fastest way to do it. Here are some easy tips for how to grow Bougainvillea Plants: Plant in a hole as deep as the root ball (and 2x the width). Hi Sylvia – Bougainvilleas do fine in pots. If you allow the container to sit on the ground, roots can grow out of the drainage holes and into the ground. Hello, I’m in the Portland OR metro area (zone 7b-8a) and most garden centers here sell bougs as summer annuals. You most likely won’t get the multi-colored one but perhaps they could locate a tree for you. Finance Manager Role, I have done all of this and the plant itself is very healthy looking and growing, but I still can’t get blooms. If you must have one, see above. Sorry Nell, that should have read 20mm (2 cm) not 30. Well I’ve finally managed to fix the problem! Hi Mamta – Greetings to you in India & thank you. Be sure to give it deep waterings to get it established. Speaking of watering, bougainvillea prefers infrequent, deep waterings rather than frequent shallow waterings. Am I just impatient and need to give them time? I’m not sure what size pot you bought it in – 1 gallon, 5g or 15 g – so it’s hard to say. What do you suggest Nell, I’ve had a 5′ bougainvillea in a large planter for 4 yrs on the west side w some shade. It could be that reason, it’s going through an adjustment period or something with the watering. Bougainvilleas bloom on new wood. Wintering them over indoors isn’t always successful & the growing season outdoors is short. Yes, it’ll do fine on a trellis but will need training, guiding & supporting as they don’t attach. Nell, Hi What else can I try. Remember, they do best if you plant them directly in the ground in the grow pots, just make a few slits. Hi Nell-I live in great B country, S. Texas (hot and dry); they grow beautifully here. Have not seen that color for sale anywhere since. When the plant is large enough for repotting, move it to a container only one size larger. I love your page. In warm climates, a bougainvillea plant can be grown as a vine or groundcover, in cool areas it's a great container plant. I’ve just moved and I’m anxious to start landscaping my huge sun-drenched garden. All the best, Talinda. I’m not sure if the soil (nutrition / pH) would cause that. I wish I would have seen your video before planting my Bogie. If so, should I instead water manually, every week, 2 weeks, monthly, or not at all? I just use grass sheers to cut the shoots off and keep it near, but there are hardly any flowers at all, just a thick growth of leaves. 1 hasn’t been supplementally watered for almost 3 years now & is blooming away like crazy despite our drought here in CA. The only thing that would knock them back is to be severely pruned & then a cold spell hits. They come in many colors, types & sizes. I’ve seen smaller wrap around plant pots but not any large ones. I live in an apt. Peter Hamper, Hi Pete – Curling leaves on bougainvilleas are usually do to insect infestations or something with the watering. Nell. can grow to be as tall as 20 feet high, with a spread just as wide. Or Should I just start over? Now what? If you grow in deep water culture, with a powerful air stone (30 litre per minute +) you should get an extensive root system as shown :-) james nanasy Make slits in the pots for the roots to grow out & just sink the plant. Bougainvillea's vibrant colors come not from its small, inconspicuous true flowers, but from the three large bracts that surround them. I live in Barcelona so the climate is very sunny and warm/hot of many months of the year. Mine got hit by 1 cold night last year: Nell, Hi Allie – It’s hard to say because it depends on if the roots are dead or not. My question – is this a bad idea? I’m afraid to cut it off but I’m willing to try anything! Bougainvillea has been extensively hybridized, and can now be found in wide range of colors, from deep purples, to every shade of pink, to a deep red, to oranges, yellows and even white. Next year, it had stalks and few flowers, and now green stalks only. I would like 3 beautiful plants that can be trained as a screen. I thought it was a shade area, but evidently the afternoon sun is baking everything for shade or partial shade I’ve tried. I was afraid to prune it after reading that they should never be pruned. When you lift the container, huge parts of the root structure can break off. Thanks for providing such great information!! Nell. Although cratonic lithosphere has the stabilizing properties of chemical buoyancy and high viscosity, it can still be destroyed. Hey I got a Boug cutting (with light orange flowers) for my pot one year back. 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. I’ve never heard of B. Johnny Walker. Also, they love a nice, rich organic compost. In my experiences with bougainvillea, they’re slow to go at 1st & then really start to take off after 3-5 years. I have E. transvenosus, E. longifolius, D. califanoi. Another time where root damage can occur is moving a container grown bougainvillea. Nell. Nell, Hi Nell Could you tell me if Bougies will dig up surrounding paving with their roots. I’ve done a few posts about bougainvillea but this one is straight-up everything I know about it including planting and care. If it’s afternoon/early evening sun, they should be fine. Mine in Santa Barbara they never froze so they showed color 9 months out of the year. How large should the pot be for longterm success? 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. Bougainvillea roots are also extremely sensitive to too much water. I think my last comment didn’t post. Hi Lori – Bougainvilleas do grow like crazy! you mentioned . It could be too wet or too dry. Thanks. Hi Peter – Bougainvilleas are semi-deciduous or deciduous in winter when the temps drop. Bougainvillea growers often withhold water for extended periods to force the plant into bloom. Mine are both very well established & I routinely pinch them for that reason – to bring on the color. When establishing, be sure to give your bougainvillea regular water. When choosing an area to plant your bougainvillea, remember that higher ground is best – as this makes water drain AWAY from the roots. I recently had some tree trimmers come out and they said they would take it back as far as possible. I realize some posts & wire guides and a good deal of training and pruning will necessary for that. This year we will celebrate 10 years of our wedding, and these nice trees are a great proof that with care they stay alive and grow well. Hoping you can fill me in with some info. In that size pot, they should fill in in 3-5 years. It gets west facing light. showing lots of color in spring and fall, and intermittently throughout summer. Sounds like you have a bougainvillea. I live in Portugal and have just purchased my first bougainvillea. Can I spray them with a dish soap and water mist to kill whatever this is, or is Neem Oil better? The woman at the nursery said it would be fine but I’m a little sceptical. The guide will focus on different important facts about growing a Bougainvillea. The Callery Pear thrives in a mixture of sun and shelter, and requires deep, moist, and fertile soil to grow effectively, which it typically does at medium speed. Royal palm trees at Sunken Gardens. These are roots that reach deep into the soil and can cause major damage to your plant in the long run. By the way Im very attentive to my plants and have a lot of experience with gardening just haven’t tried these How can I keep them through the winter. Let the soil dry between waterings; if your Bougainvillea’s roots stay continuously wet it will promote a weak and shallow root system. Thanks for your time. Brought it inside, and was expecting it to go dormant. Hope that helps! Every flowering vine I can think of for your climate is going to make a mess. Hi Nell. And would it recuperate well if it did survive winter. Hi Nell, The larger the plant is getting, the more root space it needs. Hi, site design / logo © 2020 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa. These plants grow out & up & aren’t a clinging vine. So I just purchased two Barbara Karsts – one in a 5 gallon and one in a 2 gallon container. Sometimes automated irrigation based on soil moisture sensors can make it kinda 'self-sufficient'. It is 95 gallon tree that we planted in its pot & cut holes for drainage. Hi I’m from Australia, love your site! Awesome site. how to prepare soil for bougainvillea. Should hardwood floors go all the way to wall under kitchen cabinets? Do you know about how long they live? It has a fibreglass roof so plenty of light and gets very hot but NO direct sunlight. For me my darkest purple will only start flowering in the shorter days of winter, in other words its a short day length bloomer. And with the advent of low-growing, shrubby types that can be bought in full bloom and grown in containers, more Southerners can enjoy these plants than ever before. Do bougainvillea do well in the Paso Robles area (about a half hour north of San Luis Obispo)? Is this a problem sign? We dip into the upper 20s on the colder winter days with some light dusting of frost on those evenings. I have several bougs along a South-facing wall that I am training up a trellis. Watering yours every 2-3 days is too much. Thanks, Debbie, Hi Debbie – the best thing might be to leave it where it is (if you can) & continue to let if grow into the ground. As I said, taking it out of the pot is a crap shoot – it may settle in well or it could struggle. There are many better houseplants you can choose if you want flowers. – more to prune but you’ll get more flowering. thank you! When your bougainvillea is establishing, you’ll have to water it more frequently. December 2nd, 2020 by & filed under Uncategorized. I’ve hear that if you cut those softer stems & immediately put them in hot water, then it has a better chance of making it. They put out long, fleshy water shoots so be sure to prune those out – they mess up the shape. 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. Some break down much faster than others & you may be able to plant next spring if winter brings rain. Hope that helps! If you want more blooms, check this post: I’ve never fertilized mine & they bloom just how I want them to. We like a variety of color. Once well established, they can withstand dry periods & actually flower better under these conditions. We just want to fill in our slope as quickly as possible- it looks Appreciate your site! Hope that helps! They look beautiful, but my concern is that they are only a few feet apart and I have read that there should be 6-9 feet of spacing. I learned this when I worked at a nursery & did it many times always with success when I was a professional gardener. That planter box is ok for now but it’ll eventually be way too small as their roots grow. I’ve searched online for how to care for it and am finding so much conflicting information. Give them regular, deep waterings until they’re established. Hi Clare – When prune a bougainvillea, it puts out lots of soft, new growth & it sounds like that’s what you have. I tried watering (both deep watering and light watering) 4 days minimum and increasing the reduced watering to even 2 weeks, however over this 6 month period the same thing kept happening and the tree was slowly dying…..i then decided to ignore what is written on the internet and water it every 2 days. 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. I’ve never grown a bougainvillea indoors so thanks for sharing. That way you’d get maximum flowering. Lightly pat the soil around the base of the plant. I’ve never fertilized mine & they bloom just how I want them to. Regards! Is it just smart for me to go get some more seashells? I bought an orange one but it turned red. I have absolutely no experience in regards to this. I am not worried so much about the blooming but some of the leaves are getting faded white areas on them. Hi I’m just north of you in Atascadero and I am obsessed with Bogie!! Bougainvillea performs well in a relatively small container where its roots are slightly restricted. Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by. Nell. I also bought way too many plants! Hi Marie – Bougainvilleas typically don’t bloom too much (if at all) in the 1st year or 2 after planting. Any other ideas? whip in high-speed winds. I had a metal trellis attached to the garage & started slowly training stems (turned out to be 2 main ones) over & across. The plant is about 6 and a half feet tall, and requires a stake for support. Take care to plant in an area with good drainage. Maria. It would prefer a deeper soaking less often. Roots that sit in water, even for a short period, often develop root or stem rot and plant death. They would certainly do fine for 1 season, but the winters are too cold along with the spring. They need full sun & warm temps outdoors to put out a good bloom so indoors they need all the natural light you can give them. With an established bougainvillea, you can cut off many of its roots without doing any appreciable harm, but those roots will grow back. But those that just don’t flower, hit the compost heap because they just don’t love the wet tropics. Here's a guide to planting bougainvillea in pots, including 1 key thing to know. I ended up taking the 3rd one out. Bougies are strong so you might want to put up 2 or 3 more strings. Hi Nell. I’ve lost some due to overwatering (too much rain) and am hoping the permeable bag would allow the extra to evaporate. pot & all, into the ground. Bougainvillea loves sun & heat so new growth will come in the spring. The steel would be too hot. 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. BOUGAINVILLEA 'La Jolla' Overview; Images; Care and Maintenance; Planting. I planted 3 different colour bouganvilla in a very sunny spot and grew them up a trellis. 4. Maybe a local Armstrong Gardens would be better. When I prune (I always forget to wear gloves) I usually cut myself on a thorn and it hurts for days. Published. You’ve been warned. Many cultivars have come out of just a few species. Too much water = too much green growth & eventually rot. The roots of the willow are aggressive and strong. Now, is this only achieved through grafting several different colored Bougainvilleas? Not all of them but a good portion of them. Do you think it will flower in these conditions? We want to mix up a great deal of colors and varieties but want a consistent growth rate so we don’t have gaps. I have not watered them in about a year, so the only water they get is from the rain. Any advice on how to tame this mess. It was easily 12 – 15 feet high and at least 6 – 8 ft deep and at least 20 feet wide (6 – 8 trunks/plants). 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. Here’s an important thing to know: do not take your bougies out of their pots when planting. When you lift the container, huge parts of the root structure can break off. Nell, Dear Nell – I also live in Tucson out by Old Tucson. I cut back the stalks once a year. These are small caterpillars that chew away at the leaves. What a lovely way to remember & celebrate your life together! If the temps dip below freezing, then yes, you should bring it indoors for those months. I had read that I should pinch off the tips and give it a good fertilizer and let it get to the point of looking wilted before watering again. I think you’re going to have to transplant them as carefully as possible without cutting off too many of the roots. Do you think the roots could grow through that? I never supplementally watered my very established bougies in Santa Barbara & they did fine. Is it possible to have one in a hanging basket or container as an annual? THX! Hi, I live in a hot, humid coastal town of India and am writing for an advice. Every Year  serves over 10,000 Pounds of their Homemade pasta. When I lived in San Francisco there were 5 or 6 straight nights of frost years ago. the recommended planting distance is six to nine feet spacing, fertilized regularly with all the issues that entails with salt buildup in the irrigation system and soil and ensuring consistent application levels, should not be left to dry out totally yet should not be over watered. If you want to take the branches in, you can always do it gradually. Blood has been shed! Lots of new leaves all along the length of each branch though. Nell, Hi Monk – Bougainvillea loves sun & heat. My 4 bougainvilleas came through it just fine. Shrublike growth to 4 feet high, 6 feet wide. My bougainville is over 50 years old and still going strong, Will it be likely to harm the oak? Nell, Hi Cheryl – It depends on where you are. I have one of those old-fashioned iron T-pole style clothes-line and planned to train the vine up one of the poles. Thanks for contributing an answer to Gardening & Landscaping Stack Exchange! Sunshine is not a problem and the rainfall is abundant, it is seasonal and it never gets dry. Take care… Patricia. Nell, I love these plants and haven’t tried one yet. 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. Or would there be any point? We use water from the river that we live on which has some salinity at times but my lime trees are doing fine. I am a newbie when it comes to these plants. The 100 degree temperatures do not faze our Bougainvillea.. Sunny and warm/hot of many months of spring and fall off in the sun for 9 months last year to! Watering should be adjusted to be transplanted unless you do n't handle the rootball any more than necessary but. 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