bouganvilla - Knowledgebase Question

Upland, Ca
Question by bsdavis
October 28, 2009
I bought and planted 4 bouganvilla by digging larger holes, adding good potting soil and watering thoughly. They have all lost several of the blooms (which was expected) and now they're looking 'twiggy'. Should I cut back the 'twiggy' parts?
Thanks for any advise
Belva Davis

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009


You didn't say how long ago you planted your new bougainvilleas. They can take a few weeks to establish before they begin to grow. If they've been in the ground for a month, go ahead and prune them back. Pruning will encourage healthy new growth. If they have not been in the ground that long, don't prune. Being transplanted can be stressful to plants and you want yours to concentrate on getting their roots established before they put on top growth. Just be patient. In late winter and early spring they should be fully established and ready to grow and bloom.

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