Bougainvillea Blooming Times

kes_cor(Z5 Chicago, IL)July 15, 2005

What should I expect the blooming times of a Bougainvillea in the Midwest to be? I just purchased one and has just flowered out. Will it rebloom again this summer? I have not repotted it as I think it should be pot bound. Should I prune it back and fertilize?

Any advise would be great!!

Can't wait to take cuttings!!

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Heathen1(10a)

Bougainvillea blooms all summer for me in California... but they need heat and sun...let it dry out between waterings a little... then let it dry out a LOT during the winter.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 4:21PM
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Kameha(z9b/10a Heat:10)

Hmm that's a tough question to answer. Heathen so your blooming period in california is the complete opposite of Florida? That would make sense because our dry season is november through may and that's when bougainvillea's bloom the most here.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 7:31PM
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wanna_run_faster

Kameha is right. In Florida, Bougainvillea goes nuts the drier it is. (Once established, of course). Also, generally the more you prune them, the less they bloom since flowering occurs from the tips. They can get massive. They are easy propagate from cuttings, too.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2005 at 9:06PM
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dbrya1

Mine are just starting to come into bloom,and always do about this time and thru the rest of the summer.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 12:53AM
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patusho25(z11 Mexico)

Here in México I BELIEVE it always has flowers, do this make any sense? In here there´s only 20" of annual rainfall and hot weather year round.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 1:51AM
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Kameha(z9b/10a Heat:10)

Patusho that does make sense because it is arid almost year round where you live right? And like WRF said bougainvillea's bloom during dry periods. Here we get a few blooms during the wet period and I bet in California they bloom a bit during the winter rainy season too.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 3:26AM
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patusho25(z11 Mexico)

Actually it is semi-arid.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 4:07AM
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sinner_gurl(LA z9& HUMID!)

Mine did good in Phx, bloomed much more than they do here. Last year it was really dry in the summer where I live in Louisiana and of course they started blooming like crazy in the fall after I started to water them alot.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 4:45PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

These bloom on new growth so for small potted ones in temperate areas, figure about 6 - 8 weeks after the last bloom, assuming that you get a new growth cycle going on it. You could prune right now to get it bushier and trigger a growth cycle. But as others noted, make sure you keep it fairly dry, even to wilting stage, before watering again and give it lots of heat and sun!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 3:59PM
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birdsnblooms

I'd like to add, (at least where we live) it depends on the Boug..I have two, Jamacian White and Raspberry Ice..The RI is deciduous, and blooms all summer long, while the JW blooms in winter..Toni

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 4:48PM
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