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Key largo, Florida
edaniel3151
Nov 3, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Our timeshare community in the Keys lost about 1000' of perimeter privacy fence during the recent hurricane. One suggestion that we are considering is a six-foot high chain link fence, black powdered fence with bougainvillea planted to provide privacy. I have read that bougainvillea should be planted about 10' apart and in one season, should fill out to provide what we want. Am I correct and what variety would one suggest for ease of maintenance. Also, what gallon size would one recommend and could a post hole or auger provide the holes for planting as I am thinking the fence company can dig the holes when they are doing so for the fence posts and our maintenance staff can plant, water and fill.
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plantmanager
Nov 3, 2017 9:33 AM CST
Since you're in Florida that sounds like a pretty way to regain your privacy. Most of the bougainvilleas probably do well there, but the 'Barbara Karst' one is the one that is hardiest in Arizona. 5 gallon plants would grow and cover the fastest, but they would be fine to plant gallon sized ones if money is a problem. They will grow quickly. I'm sure having the holes dug by the fence company would be fine. I'm assuming this area will have at least 6 to 8 hours of sun? Good luck! If you do it, please post a photo after they are established!
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Key largo, Florida
edaniel3151
Nov 3, 2017 10:05 AM CST
plantmanager said:Since you're in Florida that sounds like a pretty way to regain your privacy. Most of the bougainvilleas probably do well there, but the 'Barbara Karst' one is the one that is hardiest in Arizona. 5 gallon plants would grow and cover the fastest, but they would be fine to plant gallon sized ones if money is a problem. They will grow quickly. I'm sure having the holes dug by the fence company would be fine. I'm assuming this area will have at least 6 to 8 hours of sun? Good luck! If you do it, please post a photo after they are established!

Karen,
Thank you for your quick reply! Yes, plenty of sun and moisture. Does planting 10' apart make sense?

Also, from what I read using a standard post hole digger provides the exact hole for a 1-gallon container.

Thanks!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 3, 2017 10:13 AM CST
10 ft apart sounds perfect to me. They can easily spread that far in a single season in AZ, so Florida should be even better! Too much water makes the leaves get lush, but doesn't encourage blooming, so if you get the summer rains, I'd let that do the watering. I was once told to withhold water until the leaf tips drooped. I did that with one indoors and it seemed to work fine.
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Key largo, Florida
edaniel3151
Nov 3, 2017 10:33 AM CST
plantmanager said:10 ft apart sounds perfect to me. They can easily spread that far in a single season in AZ, so Florida should be even better! Too much water makes the leaves get lush, but doesn't encourage blooming, so if you get the summer rains, I'd let that do the watering. I was once told to withhold water until the leaf tips drooped. I did that with one indoors and it seemed to work fine.


This one section concerns me a little, as the trees provide some shade from the South
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 3, 2017 10:37 AM CST
I'm no landscaper, but it looks ok to me. With your humidity and sun they should be happy there.
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Key largo, Florida
edaniel3151
Nov 3, 2017 10:54 AM CST
plantmanager said:I'm no landscaper, but it looks ok to me. With your humidity and sun they should be happy there.

Great! Thanks again.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 3, 2017 11:14 AM CST
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ScotTi
Nov 3, 2017 4:21 PM CST
Welcome!
Bougainvilla will look nice and work well on the fence. Be warned it will require quite a bit of trimming once established. I had planted it along my privacy fence after the third year I removed it. I found that it required trimming every other week most of the year to keep it in bounds width wise and to keep it out of nearby trees.

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