Lack of Bougainvillea Flowers

Buckeye1959April 8, 2011

At present (April 2011)my Bougainvillea are flowerless. The last few years at this time I had beautiful blooms. Has anyone else in Phoenix been experiencing this? What could be the cause? Also, the newer Bougainvilleas that were planted Dec 2009, seem to be dead, from the top, about 12 inches down. I do have leaves and healthy growth from the bottom. Thoughts?

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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

The Big Freeze last winter. Whack them back to the ground, they will regrow. Mine always does, it's the whacking job that is most difficult. You need a suit of armor.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 3:30PM
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I'd thank my lucky stars they're not "flowering" although that's not technically flowers it's just colored leaves. but when they're doing their thing, they can get insanely messy. My neighbor has a bunch of them and even neighbors 3 houses down are mad about it because of all the pink papery things that the wind blows all over our yards and into our pools.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 5:54PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Agreed--the freeze this past winter torched many of the bougies in the area, and young ones have been hit the worst, especially if they were recently planted. Like the other said, just whack it down just above the level of some nice vigorous green shoots and it'll bounce back. You'll get tons of growth and blooms in no time (greendesert is right of course, the colored parts are bracts or modified leaves, the true flowers are the small white tubular mini-flowers in the center of the bracts).

I have a ton of long spined cactus in my garden so I don't have any bougies (I get enough bracts impaled on my cacti from the neighbor's plants, LOL). Good luck with yours, let us know what you do and how it works out!

Take care,

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 6:37PM
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Thanks kids for the quick response! I thought the freeze might have something to do with it. Will start pruning. Didn't mean to bring out the "bougie rage." hahaha

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 8:20PM
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How do I get rid of mine? It's in a bad spot. I pulled it out after the freeze and of course, it grew right gets very few flowers because it's in the shade and it's in a walkway where I can't keep it trimmed balk enough.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 1:29PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Dig. Dig. Dig.....or Round-Up. Or both. We battled an over abundance of cat claw that even Round-Up would not kill. We dug wayyyyy down in the root zone, butchered the roots into submission to pull out most of the shrub, then covered the resulting hole with lots of dirt. Placed a light barrier.....some dead wood, plywood piece...and I think we've licked those monsters.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 1:38PM
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I'm trying to get rid of ugly cats claw, too. It doesn't bloom in the shade, I've pulled it a bunch of times and it just keeps coming back. Somebody planted the stuff long before I lived here.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2011 at 12:39AM
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