Attaching Bougainvillea to Brick Wall - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, TX
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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?

Answer from NGA
February 7, 1998
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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