Barbara Karst Bougainvillea - Knowledgebase Question

hanahan, sc
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Question by logeorge
August 16, 2006
I have a beautiful bougainvillea that has bloomed only once this year and the vine is beautiful and full but no blooms --can you explain this and can you trim them back without hurting them.

Answer from NGA
August 16, 2006
Bougainvilleas have a bloom, growth and resting cycle which they repeat several times a year, depending upon weather. They like it hot and will bloom most frequently when the weather is sunny and hot. Typically the cycle is 6-8 weeks. They will develop new stems and leaves, then flower, then rest. When they are finished resting they will grow and bloom again. I'd withhold fertilizer and water the plants deeply only once a week. As long as the weather cooperates they should fall into the right cycle. You can prune them back to encourage new (and hopefully flowering) shoots and stems.

Best wishes with your bougainvillea!

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