Can I just break off the pot and clean the soil from the trunk and let it stay on the ground? You can try protecting the plants & ground down below with canvas tarps if the evenings get too cold. Thank you so much for all the great info on successfully growing Bougainvilles! Here are some recommendations to start with: lantanas, ornamental grasses, plumbago, lavenders, salvias, dwarf oleanders, lophomyrtus, rosemary & the smaller to mid-sized pittosporums. Nell, Hi! “San Diego Red” is a very strong variety which is reportedly the most cold tolerant. Where are surrounded by bougainvilleas here in Southern California but the trees are a rarity. The new “Sunvillea” series is worth checking out – colors are cream, pale pink & deep rose. Or would it prefer to be outside but slightly sheltered? Question: Where can I purchase bougainvilleas ? pot & all, into the ground. Help. For outdoor plants, protect the plant from frost by covering new growth with a tarp and mulching the roots. This is the guy that created all this damage to my bougainvillea. A few months back it flowered really full and vibrant, pretty flowers all over it. Bougainvilleas can be pruned hard or lightly with success. Thank you for your help! Hello Nell, the three Bougies I am going to plant are in hard plastic 1-gallon pots. All the best, Nell. plants to grow up the side of my house. It is growing well but is now blooming white. Even some blossom but deteriorating . Add compost when planting & water deeply to establish. You should be able to grow Bougainvillea but you might be right on the line of being too cold. Nell, Hi Nell… I live in British Columbia, on the coast, and bought a beautiful bougie in the Spring… planted it in the PERFECT spot, and it was spectacular !! Thank you for all the info. Maria is a Master Gardener, public health educator, grant-writer, artist, photographer, editor, & proofreader. Nell. They never go totally dormant outdoors so I imagine it would take a while for the foliage to reappear in spring & consequently flower. It take bougies a few years to really get going so you may have to help your bougies out by pruning away some of the ivy. Question: I have recently purchased young potted cuttings of bougainvillea. After that, it was never the same. They’re better suited to drier climes – we don’t get rain here for 8 or 9 months out of the year. Hi Lilian – That’s a tough one. Also, bougainvillea grows quite large -- I mean really large. Valerie Olney says: January 16, 2019 at 7:03 am I love all the good advice you have! Happy gardening, Nell. More frequent watering, as the small amount of soil, will dry out more quickly, especially in hot weather. I’m beside myself and don’t know what to do. I wish I could share a picture of my Bougainvillea. I learned this when I worked at a nursery & did it many times always with success when I was a professional gardener. You can plant 6 if you want them to fill in faster or 3 if you’re patient – also, these figures assumes they’re in 5 gallon grow pots. Nell. The best times are in between bloom cycles. 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. The darn thing has a heart of gold. Wintering them over indoors isn’t always successful & the growing season outdoors is short. You’ll need a strong support & a method of attachment. I planted 3 Raspberry Ice boug in it but I’m wondering if they will thrive in such a small space. they went lateral, i suspect because there was a broad, flat stepping stone under each pot, but shimmed up just a bit to allow water to run into the soil. It looked great in the shop but when I got it home all the pink petals have turned white and fallen off. What a wonderful website! Both of mine are planted next to a structure as well as the sidewalk & driveway. We planted a red bougie on the slope behind our barn. fill in. Nell, Hi Penny – I now live in the desert in Tucson AZ where we had record temps in June just like you. “how to plant bougainvillea to grow successfully: the one thing to know. Attila, Hi Attila – It’ll work just fine if the soil around the tree trunk is workable. Plan is to transfer it into a larger plastic container. Nell. I recently had some tree trimmers come out and they said they would take it back as far as possible. 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. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 08, 2020: Rust is a fungal disease that attacks many plants. Nell. They’re a very common plant & not very expensive so I’d recommend buying a new one. I have No pink flowers left on my bougainvillea, we are towards the end of spring in Texas. 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. On a trellis or arbor – Attach it with tie & train & prune it as it grows. I’m guessing that’s not correct. After about 30 minutes, pour off any remaining water in the saucer. Restaurant Bougainville heet u van harte welkom, midden op de dam, in het bruisende hart van Amsterdam. Good luck with 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. 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. Thank you for helping us spread the word & make the world a more beautiful place! Alternatively, should I rip the whole lot out? Hi from South Florida — I “dropped ” a scrawny about to die boug in an out of the way spot and forgot about it. So, wait until next year or maybe even the year after. When you watered it, was there a saucer under the pot to catch the water that ran out the drainage holes? Is there anything I can do to help them? Nell. ( My B is a dark rusty red with some hints of fuschia and is growing in a small whiskey barrel.) As to the growing, bougainvilleas are sensitive when it comes to their roots & even the rooting process. They are planted against a fence with no other plants, trees or foliage by them. Question: What is the ratio of water to coffee for fertilizing? I should mention that we have lived in this house for 15 years and this is the first year Mary – If there’s green growth only, it could be too little or too much water. Maria. We got our bougainvillea as a gift last summer, we plant it in a very large pot with holes in the bottom. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 29, 2020: Typically, with potted plants, a good measure of whether they need water is to put your finger into the soil. Hi Paula – I’m not sure but it sounds like a symptom of leaf scorch which I’ve seen on other kinds of plants. Depending on the variety/species of bougainvillea you’ll be planting, you may want to rethink planting six. In my Santa Barbara garden I had a 19′ Bird of Paradise, a humungous Bougainvillea glabra and many other anchor plants so that didn’t come into play either. We are located in Southern California about 45 miles north of LA. I’m in central Alabama. I loved the 1 growing up & over my garage but the fallen flowers were quite the sweeping & raking project every week! Question: What soil helps zone 9 purple bougainvillea keep purple?
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