Bougenvilla growth - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Havasu City, Ar
Question by jandkretired
June 5, 2009
My bougenvilla will not grow and bloom. I have had it in a large planter and now it has been in the yard for a year. Only a few blooms appear. I havewatered it and fed it according to instructions, but nothing helps. Everyone else can't kill their bougenvilla, but I can't get mine to grow. Please help!

Answer from NGA
June 5, 2009


Have you tried pruning it back? Bougainvilleas develop flowers on new growth. Pruning will encourage new growth. These plants bloom on a cycle of about 6 weeks. They grow, then flower, then rest, then grow and flower again. Pruning will force new flowering growth so give this a try. Hope yours flowers soon!

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