bouganinvillea - Knowledgebase Question

Bay City, TX (Zone 8B)
Question by viclove
March 25, 2007
how do I get bouganinvilleas to bloom?


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2007

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Bougainvilleas do not like to have their root systems disturbed so if you planted your bougainvillea within the last year or two, you will have to wait for the roots to become established before the plant will bloom. Bougainvilleas like full sunshine and only enough water to sustain them. Too much water or too much nitrogen fertilizer will promote lots of lush green growth at the expense of flowering. So, don't feed your bougainvilleas unless the leaves look pale. Bougainvilleas grow and bloom on about a 6 week schedule. This means that they will rest, then grow, then bloom, then rest. There's nothing you can do to hurry this process along. I'd prune the plant back a little to encourage new growth, then water it on a weekly basis. The new growth should bloom for you - within a 6 week period. Hope so!

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