The Q&A Archives: Non-blooming Bougainvillea

Question: My Bougainvillea is on a fence along the northern perimeter of our yard. It is partially shaded by four Queen Palms and does not seem to want to bloom, even though it was covered by blossoms when we bought it. We planted it last spring. What can we do to make it bloom? It looks very healthy and has a lot of green foliage.

Answer: Bougainvilleas respond favorably to pruning. Cut some of the long stems back to force the growth of new flowering wood. You can cut some of the stems all the way down to the ground, and some of the stems back by a third. The pruning will encourage new growth and new blooms.

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