Bougainvilleas - Knowledgebase Question

Pasadena, CA
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Question by tgdx2
June 2, 2006
I would like to plant Oo-La-La Bougainvilleas on a hillside. Can you tell me the advantages and disadvantages of going with 2 gallon plants vs 1 gallon size plants? What is the difference in price between the two? Do you have both sizes available? if not, will you have them later this summer?

Answer from NGA
June 2, 2006
Oo-La-La Bougainvilleas are an excellent choice for growing on a hillside. These trailing plants will fill in an area in practically no time at all. The advantage to planting 2-gallon plants is that they are older and larger which means they will cascade down the hill faster. On the other hand, one-gallon plants will cost less (usually about half) and once established, will grow quickly. I think I'd choose the smaller plants and plant twice as many. This way, if something happens to one, the rest will fill in any bare areas. I can't tell you the prices or what sizes are available at your local retailer - keeping track of inventory is not something we do here at the Q & A forum. Why not phone your local nursery to see what they have in stock? Best wishes with your new bougainvilleas!

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