The Q&A Archives: Bougainvillea Vine

Question: I have a cinder block wall that receives full sun. I would like to plant a vine other than ivy on it, and I am considering Bougainvillea. Do you feel for where I live and the situatution I have described I would be successful with it, and does it require any special care? I can't find a lot of information on this vine.

Answer: Bougainvillea is an evergreen shrubby vine that grows best in frost-free climates, and will grow along fences, or up walls with great vigor. The plants need to be supported, so tie up the vines until a sturdy framework has developed on the plant. Fertilize in the spring and again in the summer for continuous growth and bloom. Pinch out the tips of new shoots to encourage additional branching and flowering.

Bougainvillea is a reliable plant once established, but dislikes being moved or transplanted. The easiest way to plant one is to gently cut away the pot and slide it into a prepared planting hole, disturbing the roots as little as possible. Water well, then mulch the soil to help hold in moisture and suppress weeds.

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