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alxcmrn
May 11, 2020 10:45 AM CST
Hello,

I have a clifftop restaurant in the Balearic Islands that am renovating with an amazing dining terrace 80ft high on the cliff overlooking the beach and sea. I recently made some planters around the posts that hold our sun shades up. I wanted to then plant bougainvillea to climb up the posts and create a beautiful decoration to the restaurant terrace.

Here's how it looked post planting:
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There are four of these planters total with four bougainvillea plants.

But then for the last two days we have had very heavy winds that are unusual for this time of year. Safe to say I've felt awful and disheartened as I've seen my bougainvilleas get lashed with 38mph winds.

Here's how one of them looks right now, with the wine set to continue until tomorrow:

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My questions I'd like some advice on are:
Is it going to be impossible for me to have bougainvilleas on my terrace?

How long will it take for them recover from the wind?

Are they likely to die now or can I save them and hope they establish better during the summer when the winds aren't as strong?

If they were more established, would they be more wind resistant?

Lastly, if I can't have bougainvilleas on my terrace, could anyone recommend any climbers with pretty flowers that would look nice climbing up these posts and be able to withstand infrequent gusts of wind during the summer?

Thank you for any advice!

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plantladylin
May 11, 2020 11:04 AM CST
Hi alxcmrn, Welcome!

What a beautiful view!! I live in Florida where Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea) get quite large and sometimes are subjected to hurricane force winds. Hopefully other members will be along shortly with advice and suggestions but I wonder if perhaps the 38mph winds have caused your newly planted Bougainvillea to dry out considerably and maybe they just need a thorough watering?
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Balearic Islands
alxcmrn
May 11, 2020 11:11 AM CST
Thank you for your reply! I chose Bougainvilleas because the internet said they are good in salty winds, lots of sunshine and of course because they are so beautiful.

Here are some more photos of the wind damage:

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ctcarol
May 11, 2020 4:48 PM CST
I would guess that extra watering would help them recover, but wonder if you really did your research on them. While they will be beautiful, they are very messy, and high maintenance when happy. I Can't think of any flowering vines that aren't off the top of my head, but maybe someone else will..
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alxcmrn
May 13, 2020 3:00 AM CST
ctcarol said:I would guess that extra watering would help them recover, but wonder if you really did your research on them. While they will be beautiful, they are very messy, and high maintenance when happy. I Can't think of any flowering vines that aren't off the top of my head, but maybe someone else will..


I did research, I have plans in place to deal with the mess of dropped leaves etc and am on site pretty much 24/7 (I live in the same building as the restaurant) to care for them.

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ctcarol
May 13, 2020 6:19 PM CST
Thumbs up Sounds good!
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sallyg
May 14, 2020 6:40 AM CST
maybe they were grown in a protected place and not adapted to this wind. i could hope new growth will be able to take the wind, as mature ones do.
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Balearic Islands
alxcmrn
May 14, 2020 1:22 PM CST
sallyg said:maybe they were grown in a protected place and not adapted to this wind. i could hope new growth will be able to take the wind, as mature ones do.


Thank you so much. Yes they were grown in a greenhouse tunnel in the garden centre so I did wonder if perhaps they are too fragile or young to then be transplanted onto a windy terrace.

How often should I be watering them? I know they don't like 'wet feet' but I wondered if this changes if they are a bit battered and have lost their leaves?
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sallyg
May 14, 2020 4:21 PM CST
Tough question but with few leaves you may see the soil staying wet longer. Still, water ' as needed '.. Whistling Shrug!
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ctcarol
May 14, 2020 6:59 PM CST
They are very drought tolerant once established, but they do need more until they settle in. They do need perfect drainage though.

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