We live in n. calif & have a lot of retaining walls in our backyard. Bougainvilleas need a lot of sun & heat so I imagine you wouldn’t get any blooms. Thank you for the quick reply. 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. Nell, Hi Laura – As I said in the post, bougainvilleas are tough as can be but big babies when it comes to their roots. You most likely won’t get the multi-colored one but perhaps they could locate a tree for you. Also, I never fertilized them. Plant it in a well-drained or sandy soil. Second one is a Johnny Walker (again, no info on the pot or sales slip). I can’t believe I have stumbled across so much knowledge about these plants! plants to grow up the side of my house. Just an update, I had a Bougainvillea which was having problems producing leaves and branches, instead producing almost a black colored and dry dead budding, like it was diseased. I need advise for a plain concrete balcony without balcony. 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! While the leaves are not toxic, a prick from the thorns can lead to dermatitis, a skin rash that is typically caused by an allergic reaction. I thought it was a shade area, but evidently the afternoon sun is baking everything for shade or partial shade I’ve tried. showing lots of color in spring and fall, and intermittently throughout summer. 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. Is there a way to prevent growth of these “suckers” around the base? If those needs are being met, it may need a good fertilizer. There are many varieties of bougainvilleas on the market but none of them are resistant (that I’m aware of anyway). Hi Laurdess – I’m not at all familiar with planting bougainvilleas in seashells. Great – Bougainvilleas are tough as can be but don’t like to have their roots disturbed! Or do I have to plant it in the ground? I ended up taking the 3rd one out. Also, how deep should I plant the pot under the soil? Basically a living fence to replace an ugly, dilapidated wooden fence that is falling down. Don't handle the rootball any more than necessary, as the roots are fragile and can easily break. Hi John – Thanks! like. Thanks for sharing some informations about this beautiful plant. Question: We just arrived back in the Phoenix area and our Bougainvillea is sad, wilted and no color. For more info check this post on “how to plant bougainvillea to grow successfully: the one thing to know.“. Nell. Nell. When i got the plant I repotted it and put it in the sun. Arizona. Nell. Beds are lots of sand and landscape gravel. Maybe even below 50 degrees if it is not in a protected area such as against a wall. You’d have to plant it immediately on. !...See More. Each have new growth shooting up from the bottom but how do I get them to pick up where they left off last year? The hybrids go through a lot of breeding so perhaps that has something to do with it. All the terra cotta pots I have ever seen already have drainage holes. We live on So Calif zone 9. Answer: Just be sure it gets full sun (at least 6 hours per day) and that it has good drainage. How can I save my bougainvilleas? I don’t want to go through the list because I don’t know which ones, if any, are available in your area. Hi Edie – Yes, there are about 15 varieties of variegated bougainvilleas that I know of. It is called The Bougainvillea Growers International. Hi Marie – It can take Bougainvilleas a couple of years to really get going. As the weather gets cooler and cooler, be sure your bougainvillea has good drainage to prevent possible root rot from having "soggy feet". 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. I don’t have experience with that but do know it can depend on what poison was used & how much of it. And then I had one that was white with pink mixed in but I transplanted it and then a horse or maybe rabbits chopped it off so I lost that one. Nell, Hi Joshua – Those are big pots & bougainvilleas don’t mind being a bit potbound so there should be no worries about that. Regards! So far I have fuchsia, white, pink, and red. Is this plant going to die now? Do I need to worry? My question is, my mother is in search for a multi-colored Bougainvillea Tree. Or Should I just start over? Nell. Some i did a hard trim back in early Feb. which seemed to help a bit. Nell. Let me know if you try it. : +30 26950 52359 - Fax: +30 26950 53031 Email: [email protected] ( My B is a dark rusty red with some hints of fuschia and is growing in a small whiskey barrel.) Leaving it in the pot just insures planting success. 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 . Hi Nell : We want to mix up a great deal of colors and varieties but want a consistent growth rate so we don’t have gaps. Nell. I put one plant in the middle of a 10 ft space attached to wire. Thanks for visiting. Any suggestions? Answer: All flowers and bracts have a short life-span. What I will tell you is that established bougies can handle a cold spell much better than newly planted ones. It had a nice spray of bright white bracts that turned to light pink (beautiful). Maria. Can this beauty still be saved (and bloom fully again)? Nell. Keep it well watered & hope for the best. I have tried what I think to be everything. Nell. Both pots have cracked badly and I need to replace them.The problem is that the trees have grown their big roots into the gound …What can I do to have them in new and stable pots while not cutting those roots ? Hard freezes there are infrequent but do happen from time to time. It’ll ultimately need a large pot over time; at least 20″. I don’t want it to attach itself to the wall, just the trellis. Depending on what species/variety of bougie you have, some of those could be water shoots. Good luck finding the Bi-Color Bougainvillea anywhere else. Nell. 2. Hi, It’s tied to wires that are a couple of inches away from the steel. They’ll also drop all their foliage. Can I just break off the pot and clean the soil from the trunk and let it stay on the ground? You should be able to grow Bougainvillea but you might be right on the line of being too cold. When you say leave it in the container when planting a new Boug, how large of slits are you talking? If you've had a really hot summer, and not enough rain, you should probably be watering more. I’ve grown quite a few on walls before with no problems at all. Someone told me not to water it too much so I've withheld water--still no blooms. MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on July 17, 2020: Root rot is rare in bougainvillea, but it could be root rot caused by too much water. I have 1 on planting bougainvillea coming out this weekend so stay tuned! Good luck with replanting your bougainvillea, and thank you for reading my article. 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. Thank you for your prompt reply. We need a flowering vine that we can train “down” the wall & are thinking of bougainvilleas. It lost it leaves and flowers at the beginning of November, and we cut it back, and planted in a beautiful huge pot. You said you added more organic soil & more mulch. Keep the plant well watered when first planted, but then keep dry for more flowers once established. How do I bring it back ? Also, sometimes it takes them 2-4 of years after planting to really settle in & bloom. Bougies are tough – just make sure it doesn’t dry out in the transition period. They thrive in places like Southern California, Spain,Greece, Hawaii, etc. I’ve never fertilized mine & they bloom just how I want them to. Would it grow well here in the ground? THX! 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. I live in a hot, humid coastal town of India and am writing for an advice. Hi I’m just north of you in Atascadero and I am obsessed with Bogie!! If you want to use it, I think you’re going to have to find someone who has a good sized bougie & cut from that. Can bou grow in pottin mix soil ?i transplant new soil n stop bloom. I can't wait to dine at Bougainvillea… I was afraid to prune it after reading that they should never be pruned. After established, they’re drought tolerant. « An Easy To Create Succulent Vine Wreath, What To Do In A Drought With A Non-Drought Tolerant Garden ». I hope this helps. Is the one on the right seeking the sunshine hence the faster growth ,? Some have very large main stems, pruned back, so they are old. The multi-colored bougie trees are a result of grafting. We are located in Southern California about 45 miles north of LA. i have a large bougainvillea in a clay pot that is breaking from age. Hope that helps! BT or neem oil sprays are what is recommended to keep infestations under control. I have a very sunny sunroom where it can get the sun it needs in winter. 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