The Q&A Archives: Attaching Bougainvillea to Brick Wall

Question: I have a brick wall that I want to train a bougainvillea on. I would like to attach the plant directly to the wall (i.e. not use a trellis or lattice) or use wire to train the plant on. Are there any guidelines or suggestions that you have?

Answer: Your bougainvillea will need some sturdy supports to grow up a wall. Wire is fine, but you'll have to take care in attaching the stems so they have room to expand as the plant matures. Just tie the stems with a soft material that won't damage thebark. You'll have to re-attach support ties as the material disintegrates, so check the ties when you climb the ladder to prune the plant back. Mature bougainvillea's are spectacular in the summertime!

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