Why isn't my bougainvillea blooming? - Knowledgebase Question

new port richey, Fl
Question by lemanjo1
July 9, 2009
It is 3+ years old, in full sun and I feed it bougainvillea food monthly. It is over 7 feet tall on a fence, healthy leaves, but very few blooms. Why?

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2009


Although you are feeding with bougainvillea fertilizer, I think monthly applications are too frequent. Bougainvilleas bloom on about a 6 week cycle. They grow, bloom, rest, then grow again. The flowers are produced on new growth. So, hold off on fertilizer for the rest of the season. Prune your plant back to encourage new growth. The plant will rest for a few weeks then send up new growth which, hopefully, will bloom. Enjoy your garden!

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