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League City, Texas
laxmom2
May 18, 2020 7:38 PM CST
I planted a bougainvillea in March. It was doing really well until we had our home power washed and our windows cleaned a couple of weeks ago. I'm afraid whatever solution they used has affected it adversely. Anyone ever had this happen? It's brown in areas and the leaves are looking bad....but it's still blooming on many branches. The only thing I can find online is leaf spot but I just think it's interesting I didn't have problem until they came. I don't want to proceed with an antifungal if that's not the problem.
Name: Luis
Hurst, TX, U.S.A. (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas Salvias Roses Hibiscus Plumerias
luis_pr
May 19, 2020 1:02 AM CST
Mine is in a pot because winter temperatures can be very cold. I was unsuccesful planting them in the ground and decided potting was going to be easier. Bougainvillead are generally happy with temps above 60F but will tend to sometimes drop foliage the closer I get to freezing. On days when the lows is in the 30s or 40s, I try to make sure that the soil is moist and has 2-4" of mulch to protect the roots. After that, wait to see and do not be surprised if it drops leaves.

After I brought the pot early one time, I decided to not bring the pot outside until two weeks after my average date of last frost. Your avge date of last frost is around weeks 1-2 of March. Be vigilant until then. I also do not fertilize it until after that date because I do not want it to go into "grow mode" just as soon as a late frost swings by.

After leaves are lost, my plant has bloomed and then produced new foliage so maybe yours will too. ☺ Not right away, in 2-3 weeks. So maintain your watering regimen, fertilize after it leafs out and give it more time.

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