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Apr 29, 2018 6:28 PM CST
I have a couple bougainvillea and hanging pots which I bring in for the winter since I live in Minnesota. I bring them upstairs around the 1st of April to get them to start to sprout and then put them Outdoors early May.

My question is: a website recommends trimming the roots in the pot so they don't become rootbound. My plant is already sprouting abundantly so I'm afraid I've missed the window for the spring. Can this procedure be done when you bring it in for the winter? Or is it recommended at all as I've heard they don't like to be repotted.

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 29, 2018 9:48 PM CST
I wouldn't root prune a bougainvillea. I'm terrified of even repotting one. Their roots are very fragile and easily irrevocably damaged. Don't repot until its absolutely necessary and then, don't touch the roots.
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Apr 29, 2018 10:06 PM CST

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