If the top one inch is dry, it's time to water. johnevance1999@gmail.com on August 23, 2019: why is it that in kenya bougainvillea produces flower after years. The spent blooms will drop off when they are done. Poisonous Continue Reading » Cooler conditions may cause the leaves to droop for several days so water less frequently until plant adapts, When bracts have dropped resume high nitrogen feed to encourage a second flush of bracts, Once flowering ends, usually in September, reduce frequency of watering, allowing the plant to become drier between watering and stop feeding, From November, water occasionally but thoroughly, Maintain a minimum night temperature of 10°C (50°F). This is the Bougainvillea glabra which I trained to grow up & across my garage in Santa Barbara. They do, however, typically bloom twice per year: spring and fall. Is it a good idea to put some small river rocks at the base of my bougainvillea? Palms do have specific nutrient requirements. Watering Needs: ... Vine or shrub. I hope this helps you with those gorgeous plants, and thanks for reading my article. This is how larger plants appear to be covered in a solid mass of flowers. The bougainvillea looper caterpillar has been an issue with my bougies in Arizona and California. Enjoy your beautiful plant. Information is quite vague online in this regards and its difficult for me to ascertain whether i am over or under watering them. Bougainvillea is among the fastest growing plants. (Not sure which zone you live in? What kind of soil should we use? Thank you! I'm so glad I can grow them now. Typically it will put on a startling 36 inches of growth every year, up to a limit of about 30 feet. I live in San Antonio and there are bougainvilleas everywhere and in many colors. They flower on the current seasons growth so pruning in late winter or early spring, just before growth begins. Unfortunately, getting it on these trellises required pruning. 2. Gregory Jones from IL on February 13, 2015: I landscaped in Florida for about 10 years and love the large varieties of color of bougainvillea. We are used to flowers in NEPA, where we would cut down the plants right before frost and we had a beautiful garden. I'm in San Diego, CA. When I lived in Charlotte NC, I visited Key West where I bought a bougainvillea from a woman who assured me it would survive the winter if it became established before winter arrived. Rocks get really hot in the summer. times, RHS Registered Charity no. Like all plants, bougainvilleas start out relatively small, but will quickly take over the space provided for them, and then some. The sap of the Bougainvillea plant is poisonous to humans, causing very serious skin rashes if it comes in contact (3). When first planted or transplanted, the soil around a bougainvillea should be kept moist. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings taken with a heel in summer. Thanks for visiting my article. 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