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cleveland, ohio
daleguidroz
Oct 13, 2017 3:18 PM CST
When my Bougainvillea began to go dormant, I pruned it back, and repotted it so it can over winter indoors. I know to keep it somewhat drier, and I know not to fertilize until late winter. However, it is starting to re-spout leaves! Do I let it continue to do so? I don't want to set it back or confuse its energy, so please advise me as to how to handle, what is frankly, my favorite plant?
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plantmanager
Oct 13, 2017 3:40 PM CST
It'll be fine. It might lose a few leaves until it gets used to the new pot. They don't like their roots messed with .

I've grown them indoors and they do well if you have some good bright light. I water much less when they're inside, and sometimes they even bloom during the winter. No fertilizer until it goes back outdoors.

What color is yours? Do you have an ID?
Good luck with it! They are beautiful plants and one of my favorites too.
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cleveland, ohio
daleguidroz
Oct 13, 2017 3:47 PM CST
It's a stunning magenta flower, that gave us much pleasure this summer. I LOVE some of the sculptures I've seen them used in! Maybe someday, LOL!

I'll check my file on my bougainvillea when I get home. I bring my plants to my office during the winter, because we have 3 walls of windows!

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