Let’s face it, why have bougainvillea if it doesn’t bloom? In terms of foliage and easy maintenance, there are landscaping plants I like much better. Show me the color I say! Pruning bougainvillea in summer, which is mid-season for this plant, encourages another round of bloom.
The one I’m pruning here is It had been pruned into a hedge by the previous owners and showed very little or any blooms. I’ve lived in this house in Tucson for 2 years and have pruned it into a form which is pleasing to me. I need to prune it 3 times a year now – February, July and the end of November. The 1st is to shape and stimulate flowering and the last one in late fall is very light, just to clean up any dead or funky growth.