The Q&A Archives: Bouganvillea Cuttings

Question: I know about a three color bouganvillea: some flowers are all red, others are all white and still others are half white and half red. Every time I tried to grow some cuttings (using root hormone at the tips) I have failed. Can you tell me the best way to do this? I will give you a plant, once I will succeed!!!

Answer: Bouganivillea can be propagated with softwood or semi-ripe wood during the summer months, or through hardwood cuttings in the winter. Cuttings must be properly prepared, placed in deep pots, and placed on a heated bench at 70F degrees. They make take up to 3 months to root. You might have better luck with layering. It's usually a more effective method, especially if you don't have a controlled greenhouse environment.

To layer a vining plant such as bougainvillea, select a young, low growing shoot, make a slanting cut on the underside of the stem, dust the wound with rooting hormone, then peg the stem, wounded side down, into the soil. Once the stem has rooted (usually within one year), sever the stem from the parent plant and pot up your new bougainvillea. Good luck with your project!

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