They need for you to train & attach them. Has done great until the last three weeks and suddenly the top shoots are all drying up, leaves turning brown and falling off. Nell. Thanks for you help. There’s really nothing you can do about the shoots, except to prune them out. What’s your recommendation?? Hi Chrissy – Barbara Karst is a vigorous grower & would prefer to have the 6-9′ of spacing. ", how to go along creating this. By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. I get a lot of naysayers up here because we do get a big freeze I actually have six that have survived ! 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. They will bring loads of charm to space. You can try fertilizing with a food specific for bougies but don’t do it any later than mid-Sept. Nell. Because of this, many growers choose to move their potted bougainvillea outdoors during the summer months in order to ensure it gets enough rays. We are located in Southern California about 45 miles north of LA. Hi Marie – Bougainvilleas typically don’t bloom too much (if at all) in the 1st year or 2 after planting. If you prune too early, frost can kill the new growth that immediately emerges after pruning. In the spring 2 didn’t make so I replaced them & all 5 did great THEN comes winter. Hi Nell. Although it has grown few leaves and has nice blooms, it doesn’t grow any taller or really grows larger new branches. I thought it was a shade area, but evidently the afternoon sun is baking everything for shade or partial shade I’ve tried. Maybe drying the branches? With this in mind, choose a spot against a warm, protected wall where you want to add a BIG splash of color. So no, there’s no way to prevent them. I’m in Boca Raton, Florida so it is quite hot. Nell and everybody – I love Bougainvillea, but every day I clean the leaves out of our pool. Cheers Sheree, Hi Sheree – Bougainvilleas are vigorous growers but you don’t have to worry about the roots. Thanks, Hi Leslie – That is a ground cover – Bougainvillea “Golden Jackpot”. It’s really hot. It’s the middle of September and the days are finally only reaching 100 degrees and nights are in the lower 70″s. I have a question that whether bou grow in pottin mix soil? Bougainvillia like warmth and will drop leaves if they get too cold. This article was co-authored by Katie Gohmann. What is the possibility of it living out here? I did this with my Bougainvillea Barbara Karst. Please help! Thanks! Hi Jess – Oh yes, bougainvilleas grow in many sub-tropical & tropical climates & are actually native to tropical climates. Here in Australia we only seem to be able to purchase stainless steel fittings that once drilled in to the concrete wall allows the wire to only sit out roughly 30mm, without heading down the track of expensive balustrade fittings. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. I have a beautiful ones which is in a pot, outside in a very sunny position and doing very well. One plant didn’t make it. I’ve tried more water, fertilizer, soil conditioner. I don’t want to go through the list because I don’t know which ones, if any, are available in your area. Hi Barbara – Growing vines up a tree is generally not a good idea unless it’s a small scale vine. Nell, I love these plants and haven’t tried one yet. Will keep it in the pot forever, and move it back outside when the weather warms up in early spring… Thank you for any help you can give. Not as much flowering though. Too bad because they scream “look at me!” when in full bloom. Mostly, I see the vines growing up so wanted to ask if you see any problem with planting them in an upper soil bed where they grow down the wall…And, if you don’t think that works, do you know of another colorful flowering vine that might (aside from jasmine & geranium)? Bougainvillea is among the fastest growing plants. I’ve had a few of them planted right up against the house & garage with no problems. Nell. I used to live in Santa Barbara (on the coast of CA) & that would have been fine. – Dave (not the same David with the Oak tree! I have 3 beautiful Bougs that flank pillars on my patio…however, they are constantly dropping flowers which makes a huge mess all over the patio and in the pool. So I just purchased two Barbara Karsts – one in a 5 gallon and one in a 2 gallon container. Nell. Nell. I cut it back when it gets leggy. I bought an orange one but it turned red. The roots can freeze. (sorry for long post), Hi Nell, So I thought I would share with you my experience. Love it or hate it you can’t go 2 blocks without a bougainvillea sighting. In that size pot, they should fill in in 3-5 years. Ive read about three options for overwintering: Place it in the garage near the hotwater heater in darkness which would provide a little warmth and let it go dormant, overwinter it in the house in a south window where it would only get a little light because Portland is cloudy and rainy all winter, or put it under a grow light in the garage. There could be 2 reasons which I see off the bat: the sprinkler is coming on too often. The new “Sunvillea” series is worth checking out – colors are cream, pale pink & deep rose. I do a lot of raking & sweeping too! Am I better off keeping the plants in their pots until spring? Nell, Hi Jeff – I know right where Pacifica is because I just got back from there 3 weeks ago! Can you tell me if and when I can trim it back and also how much to trim. Gradually, over the next year, the poorly ones got worse and the good ones also started going bad. Wear gloves when pruning bougainvillea. We heard many sob stories at the nursery that spring! I also know I over watered it. I often see beautiful bougs in window boxes but I’m unsure how big the boxes are. Is there anything I can do to help them? I can’t believe I have stumbled across so much knowledge about these plants! Hope you find one! It is important to let the top 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) of soil dry out before watering. When i got the plant I repotted it and put it in the sun. This one article tells all I would ever need to know! Since under the top layer it seems moist. I got one without instructions. Most bougainvilleas can tolerate 65ºF (18ºC) night temperatures, but there are variations of a few degrees depending on species. I am on the Algarve (southern Portugal) I planted two Bougs back in summer 2016 to grow along a metal fence I had made for the purpose , the boug on left gets sun all day the one on right goes into shade mid afternoon , the one on the right raced along the fence the one on the left just stayed same size , both had plenty of flowers and still have flowers on them Jan 2017. Hi, Some varieties of this plant also do well when grown in containers or planting pots in small gardens and patios. 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]? I think the inner stems were still green, but I didn’t have the patience to wait, so I replaced it. These can grow as vines, shrubs or draping downward from a hanging container. They were in an automatic drop system. The mountains surrounding us are always green. The leaves even though curled/stressed still have life.Difficult to pull off. The spot is extremely sunny but UK winters can be down to minus 10. all ideas appreciated. Am getting ready to, "Easy to read and understand. This is an already well established tree experiencing temperatures in winter of 18-22C (64-72F) and in summer of 23-30C (74-86F). Nell, Hi Nell – I transplanted 2 hibiscus and 1 made it. Is this plant going to die now? We live on So Calif zone 9. I do this when the evenings are starting to warm a bit. 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. So, "I just bought it, so the watering and pruning were most helpful. It is 95 gallon tree that we planted in its pot & cut holes for drainage. Too little nitrogen can lead to slow growth, yellowing, and early leaf drop. Add a little compost to the hole to help hold the moisture. 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. I wiped off a greyish white film on the leaves (not sticky) and it hasn’t returned. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Nell. It could be too wet or too dry. Hi. Is this a good time to plant. Do you think if I cut them back, water them, and put them out in the sunlight they will revive and come alive? I trained my Bougainvillea “Barbara Karst” into a tree – it was a tall, columnar shape when I bought the house. I’ve never grown a bougainvillea indoors so thanks for sharing. All the best, Nell. 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 purchased a plant from a supermarket with no instructions. I recently had some tree trimmers come out and they said they would take it back as far as possible. No lack of choices regarding choosing a bougainvillea. Is the one on the right seeking the sunshine hence the faster growth ,? My dog dug up my bougainvilleas roots on the one side, and literally chewed part of it off. Water deeply to establish in the heat, at least once or twice a week. I have one of those old-fashioned iron T-pole style clothes-line and planned to train the vine up one of the poles. I live in the west San Fernando Valley so it gets really hot. It sort of looks like some kind of fading but I don’t know what is the cause or how to correct. Just know that when you prune them into hedge form you don’t get much flowering. Sure, Home Depot doesn’t seem very helpful. Plus, bougies don’t like to be transplanted. Although it is frost-sensitive, bougainvillea can be used as a houseplant or hanging basket in cooler climates. Nell, Hi Aly – I loved working at Berkeley Hort & learned so much there. At this point, it may be best to replace the plants and start over. we use and what variety? Otherwise, you’ll need to provide some guidance in the form of. How much should I water right now? would be a good companion but it sounds like both are doing fine. My question is overwintering. Yours is probably going into a growth period that should be followed by another period of blooms; don't worry. Nell, Thanks for all great info you provided! I encourage flowering with tip pruning. 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. ", done everything I was supposed to. Hi I’m from Australia, love your site! Lots of new leaves all along the length of each branch though. Do you think the roots could grow through that? Also, they like to be planted in their grow pots. Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, or trees. More importantly I have a chance to clear a confusion about the, "This article showed me a few reasons I had a scrawny plant with few blossoms and leaves. Part of the front wall of the house is covered with this magnificent bougainvillea. Hi Lilian – That’s a tough one. And should I cut big slits like you suggest for the 5-gallon pots? Add limestone to the soil to increase the pH or sulphur to decrease the pH as necessary. Half approximately of one plant the leaves curled up like under stress. The bougainvillea could get it but I’ve never seen either 1 of those pests infest bougies. Hi Jim – I live in Tucson & my bougainvilleas take a lot of sun & heat without wilting bur they’re in the ground. What if the pots are plastic. It’s so helpful. Also, it’s still cool where you are & they like sun & heat. Is there something I can feed it to help it? I put them in the garage last winter but didn’t cut them back. This is caused by the sap, not the leaves or stems. Thanks for the info! I don’t see much of it around here. We’re in zone 10a & can get a light frost for a night or 2. ", keep an old plant alive. Then it hit me that this was a bougainvillea, duh. Make sure that the location is in an area that provides at least 6-8 hours of full sunlight each day. The cool weather also means the flowers are particularly colour saturated. It has a fibreglass roof so plenty of light and gets very hot but NO direct sunlight. I pruned it 3-4 times per year to keep it shaped. For more tips on growing bougainvillea, like what to do with it during the winter, read on! Bougainvillea loves sun & heat so new growth will come in the spring. I received one for Mother's Day. Sorry Nell, that should have read 20mm (2 cm) not 30. Personally, I wouldn’t consider locating another 1 near another oak. And having them near a pool would mean a lot of clean up. thank you! However, they do cause a type of dermatitis because when poked by one, it can deposit a little plant matter in the skin which can lead to swelling, redness & irritation. I planted 6 bougainvilleas two years ago, added peat moss to the clay soil and they were doing fine until this summer. one pot was actually gathering water because the root plugged the 1-inch hole. It is growing well but is now blooming white. He’s still in the same pot I purchased him in 4 weeks ago. How To Plant Bougainvillea To Grow Successfully, How to Prune and Trim Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom, Before Pruning: Clean And Sharpen Your Pruning Tools,,,, https://PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL/7DGZRAWS4DDRYT6I9, Check Out My Bougainvilleas In October: More Tips Coming Your Way -, How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom - |, My Bougainvilleas: Fall Color In My Garden - |, Bougainvilleas Blooming in July | Grow Beautifully, How To Plant Bougainvillea To Grow Successfully: The Most Important Thing To Know - |, Bougainvillea Plant Care: Everything You Need to Know, How to Prune an Overgrown Bougainvillea - Joy Us Garden, My New Desert Garden: Sneak Preview | Joy Us Garden. Bougainvilleas bloom on new wood. Hi Blaine – It looked like a green chimney when I bought the house. Thanks very much. As I noted above in “planting”, angle them towards whatever they’ll be growing on. Now the challenge is, "It provided useful information in a simple manner. You’d have to plant it immediately on. By putting it in a pot the rampant tendencies are curbed," Ray said. Because you aren’t disturbing the whole root ball, my guess is that it will be okay. Planting it in the center might be easier for training though. The plastic doesn’t disintegrate but the roots can grow out that way. My bougainvilleas get very little watered (here in Tucson & in Santa Barbara) because they’re well established. Close to or above 100 Degrees Fahrenheit everyday. Just make sure you put good-sized slits in the pot so the roots can grow out. I started picking at it ( the soil that is ) and I noticed that it was all seashells. I have 2 variegated orange bougainvilleas in hanging pots that wilt in the direct summer sun. And pay attention to height because some of the taller varieties don’t get as tall as others. That being said you should probably correct this article to say they thrive in dry climates like So-Cal OR tropical, humid states like Florida. Hi Paul – Plants are funny sometimes & you never know. I waited 2 weeks and then fertilized with a bougainvillea fertilizer, then again a month later (yesterday). I just leave them be because they don’t appear until mid-summer or so & never permanently damage my plants. no new ones bloomed. The yard behind the fence is a rapidly ascending hill. You never know with plants, do you?! Hi Melanie – Oh dear, that is a cruel neighbor. Cheers, Will my Bogie be happy even though I took off the planter pot?