Bouganvilla Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Davis, CA
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Question by jrog
August 18, 2002
We bought 2 bouganvillas this past spring planted them in the ground against the house and they are growing beautifully.
I am wondering with the cooler weather coming if they should be pruned and how to do that. We have gotten good growth, but not too many colored leaves. How can we get more colored leaves next season?
Thanks for the help.
Juelie Roggli

Answer from NGA
August 18, 2002
Bougainvilleas are usually pruned after blooming stops (end of summer) so you can prune yours now. This will probably encourage the growth of new flowering wood. (Bougainvillea blooms on new wood.) Lack of flowers may be a result of recent transplanting, not enough sunshine, or too much nitrogen fertilizer. Don't fertilize your plants, prune them back now, and they should perform beautifully for you next spring and summer, providing they're getting all-day sunshine. Best wishes with your plants!

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