bouganvilla - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by j_scroggins
November 18, 2009
i have a bouganvilla plant and it is 9 feet tall and about 7 feet wide how would i trim back the branches without hurting the plant

Answer from NGA
November 18, 2009
You can safely prune your bougainvillea back by one third without harming it. If you need to reduce the size further, plan on doing it over a period of several months so you don't overly stress the plant. I generally prune mine back after each flowering cycle. Bougainvilleas grow, bloom, rest, then grow and bloom again. By timing your pruning to just after the flowers are spent, you work with the plant's normal growth spurts rather than shocking it into growing when it is trying to rest. Best wishes with your landscape!

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