Bouganvillea question

vp_78July 30, 2012

I have a few Barbara Karst Bougies growing on trellises, and they are rather spindley. There's a lot of nice, green bushy new growth at the bottom that's starting to get color, and a lot of bright color and long shoots at the top.

The problem is that there's a solid 2-3 foot section in the middle with almost no branches or leaves. How do I encourage growth there?

Right now, they're about 7 feet tall. The bushy section at the bottom goes about 2 feet up. Should I cut them back all the way down to this new growth in the fall to encourage healthier plants next spring?

They came with our house, so I have no idea how old they were, if that has any bearing...

Thanks for any and all help!

-Vicki

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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

I live on a golf course and the HOA maintains all the Bougies that are planted on every wall. They are not spindly, but I do notice the workers out there monthly pruning small sections constantly. This keeps them neat against the wall, and must encourage lower growth. You could try that prior to a complete whack prune job. I do know they are tough, and yours will rebound if you cut it way back.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 11:33AM
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