Bougainvillia - Knowledgebase Question

Largo, Fl
Question by dmoutvic
August 26, 2009
My Bougainvillia plant is getting leggy, what is the best way and time to prune. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
August 26, 2009


Bougainvilleas typically bloom on about a 6 week cycle. They grow, flower, then rest. Pruning immediately after the flowers fade will encourage new flowering growth in about 4 weeks. Bougainvilleas will take almost any amount of pruning but I try not to take off more than one third of the live growth in any pruning session. You can prune it back a little or a lot as long as you don't remove more than a third of the plant. In general, prune after the flowers fade - or prune it back now and expect new flowering stems to be developed within the next few weeks for flowering in late September or early October. Enjoy!

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