Anna Ibarra
Anna Ibarra
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  • San Antonio, TX
Asked on May 20, 2013

Bougainvillea's??

Anna IbarraNancy HandGayle Hill
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Can I get someone to feed me in on how to care for these beautiful fragile looking flowers? I've never had one, saw them at a market decided to try it since I understand it was a Texas tolerant flower. However, had it less then a month and all it's flowers have fallen off and it's close to death now :-(
I had it in my front yard when the afternoon sun hit it, then I saw it sadly go so I moved it to the back where it can get the morning sun, not as strong. I water it often.
Any help will be helpful, Thank you
6 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 20, 2013

    There must have been other factors in play, Anna, because bougainvilleas love hot sun. If it's in a pot, perhaps you're actually watering too often. Bougainvilleas prefer things on the dry side and flower best when they are pot-bound. You'll find more care tips from Texas A&M here: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/bougainvillea.html

  • Anna Ibarra
    on May 20, 2013

    Well thank you very much Douglas, I think I figured out my problem with your helpful feedback. I have overwatered my plant and didnt' allow it to dry out. Thank you so much

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 21, 2013

    Here's to their speedy recovery, Anna.

  • Gayle Hill
    on May 21, 2013

    I had bougainvilleas growing around my patio cover in southern CA for years. I agree with the other comments about watering too much. I paid little attention to the plants and they thrived. However, they are truly gorgeous but after they bloom the flowers die on the vine and eventually fall off. I had 3 or 4 vines and it was difficult cleaning out the dead flowers. It would take me hours to clean off the vines and the patio. It was worth it! Good luck.

  • Nancy Hand
    on May 21, 2013

    I'm with Douglas Hunt on this one! There must be something else going on. The love hot weather. I hope it recovers for you to enjoy! :)

  • Anna Ibarra
    on May 26, 2013

    Thank you all the site that Douglas posted was a big help, and I stopped watering which seem to have been my issues with my bougainvilleas. Then I saw leafs growing and I am assuming that I hadn't killed it. Now we did get a big storm this past weekend, and of course anything outside got very saturated or overwatered so I pray it will be ok. Thank you again for your quick help.

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