The Q&A Archives: Trimming Bougenvilla

Question: I have several bougenvillas that have gotten large and woody. How severely can they be trimmed back and still fill back in with new growth?

Answer: Prune your plants by cutting unwanted stems to the ground. Then trim out anything that has become a tangled mess, leaving a fair amount of stems to serve as structure for your renovated plant. Bougainvillea respond to heavy pruning by sending up an abundance of new flowering stems. The vibrant color of the bougainvillea comes from three large bracts that surround the tiny flowers.

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