Attaching Bougainvillea to Brick Wall - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX
Question by mwilems
February 7, 1998
I have a brick wall that I want to train a bougainvillea on. I would like to attach the plant directly to the wall (i.e. not use a trellis or lattice) or use wire to train the plant on. Are there any guidelines or suggestions that you have?


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Answer from NGA
February 7, 1998

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Your bougainvillea will need some sturdy supports to grow up a wall. Wire is fine, but you'll have to take care in attaching the stems so they have room to expand as the plant matures. Just tie the stems with a soft material that won't damage thebark. You'll have to re-attach support ties as the material disintegrates, so check the ties when you climb the ladder to prune the plant back. Mature bougainvillea's are spectacular in the summertime!

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