Answer: It is normal for newly planted landscape trees and shrubs to go through a period of adjustment. During this stressful period plants can lose leaves and otherwise look puny. After a few weeks they usually perk up and at that time you can prune away the bare stems to encourage healthy new growth. Bougainvilleas like moist soil, but watering every other day is excessive. Instead, water twice a week, applying water slowly so it trickles down and wets the entire root mass. This encourages deep rooting and will help keep your bougainvillea growing well even in hot weather. I think your plant will be just fine once the roots establish themselves in your landscape. Best wishes with your bougainvillea!
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