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Thearagonsgarden
May 17, 2017 9:44 PM CST
Hi! We planted a pretty mature bougainvillea that we got from Lowes. I would say it is about 4-5 feet tall and pretty established. It is going on about 2 weeks since we transplanted it, and it's flowers are changing colors and dropping. The boug is planted in a spot that gets sun from 8:00am-2:00pm. I would appreciate any help I can get. It is such a beautiful plant, I hope that it has a chance of recovering.

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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 17, 2017 9:50 PM CST
Maybe it is still acclimating and in shock. Hope you did not disturb the root system too much during transplant. Bougainvilleas hate their delicate root system being disturbed. Usually also with new transplants, got to step up watering till it gets established, then it can go being more drought tolerant.

Thearagonsgarden
May 18, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Okay, thank you! I read that they don't like too much water, but I am guessing that is after it is established. I will keep up the frequent watering and hope for the best.

Thank you again!
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plantmanager
May 18, 2017 12:29 PM CST
It's normal for all of the bracts to fall off. They don't last forever. It will be full of leaves for a while, and then it will form new bracts and be gorgeous again. I have a young one newly planted that did the same thing. Just keep watering and be patient. One tip I read long ago is that they need water when the leaf tips droop.

Edited to say that they need at least 6 hours of sun, and more is better. They don't bloom well if they are shaded at all.
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ctcarol
May 18, 2017 12:31 PM CST
That looks pretty normal for fading blossoms. They do fade before falling, and blooms seem to come in cycles to some extent. A lot depends on sun and heat.
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tarev
May 18, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Sometimes being established may take an entire growing season, but if conditions are quite favorable, it can be less time. Good luck on your bougainvillea..I like them too. Smiling

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