Bougainvillea leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Naples, Fl
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Question by josephpalerm
July 1, 2010
I have two bougainvilleas in two big pots, and the leaves are green but it looks like something is eating them. I dont see any bugs or catapillars on them. Also, it stopped blooming flowers.

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010
There is a caterpillar that loves bougainvillea leaves so I?ll bet that?s what is happening to your plants. The caterpillars are small and green and usually hang out on the undersides of the leaves so check carefully. You can use Dipel or Thuricide to control them. Bougainvilleas bloom on about a 6 week cycle. They grow, bloom, rest and then repeat the cycle. If you prune them immediately after they have finished blooming they will skip the resting phase and growth then bloom a few weeks sooner. Give this a try.

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