Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

kornfedinlaJune 24, 2013

Im painting my house and want to transplant this Bougainvilla.Its a beautiful mature plant and saving it would be preferable. It 's pretty much anchored to a trellis connected to the porch supports. Removing it from the house shouldn't be too difficult, its digging it up and transplanting it that has me concerned. How fragile/ hearty/ extensive is the root system?

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It could probably be done physically, with a lot of pruning, but I doubt it would reestablish. Too much damage to the root system, I believe would be inevitable. Al

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:10AM
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napapen(ca 15)

You would need to wait until winter, cut it back to stumps and then move it.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:36AM
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Why not take propagate it? Bougainvillea isn't the easiest plant to root, but if you take several cuttings, at least a few should survive.

I've had better percentage success with hardwood cuttings, but only with cool (50-70 degrees) conditions. I usually have a 40-60% success rate with softwood cuttings.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:37AM
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If that's your only worry- that its in the way of painting...just cut it down to knee height...paint your house,and then let it grow back to the size you want it to be. That's what I did to a similar sized 'barbara karst'
They can take that easily.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:14PM
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Bougainvillea is very root tender. I doubt it would survive a transplant. A very hard pruning sounds like a better idea.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 1:58PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

what stanofh said, you can cut it to the ground and it will all grow back. Getting a baby bougainvillea to establish is difficult, killing an established one is ten times as difficult.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 4:55PM
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