The Q&A Archives: Bougainvillea

Question: I have two scarlet red bougainvilleas that have
been in the ground for 1 year. I would like to
move them to a sunnier spot in my yard. When and
how do I do this without damaging the roots and
plant. I also need to know when and how to prune
them back.

Answer: The dormant season is a good time to move the plants. Try to get them in their new location before growth resumes in spring. Get as much of the roots as possible to reduce transplant shock. Trim the top back by 1/2 and set in their new location at the same level as they were growing previously. Water them in well to settle the soil around the roots.

Good luck with your plants and thanks for the question!

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