The Q&A Archives: Do all bougainvillea bloom?

Question: I planted three small bougainvillea plants in my flower beds last May. The branches have grew to be about 5ft tall, never produced flowers, then they died in the winter. I cut them back and they have begun to grow again. But still no flowers, just blade sized thorns to slice your fingers. Is there something I can do to help it bloom?

Answer: Bougainvilleas flower on new growth and they flower on a 6-8 week cycle. They grow, bloom, rest, then grow, bloom and rest again. You can prune after each flush of blooms. Now that you have cut yours back you should expect lots of new growth and most of that should flower for you. Bougainvilleas flower best when they are heat and water stressed so cut back on the frequency of your watering, but be sure to water deeply when you do apply water. I think this will help!

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