How to keep a bougainvillea compact and flowering?
I love these plants but don't love how they send all these sprawling long branches out with just a few flowers on the end. I grow them in full sun, mostly in the ground but a few in big pots and they all do the same thing. I see others in the area profusely blooming on very short branches and that's the way they come from the nursery too but I just can't seem to learn the trick. I have the everblooming purple, a supposedly compact orange that's no longer compact nor blooming, and a really sprawling red one that stays small and loaded with flowers for one of my neighbors but not for me!
I've all sorts of fertilizing and pruning routines. Any help would be great!