Littlefield2002August 17, 2013

I need help with my Bougainvillea
Plant. I live in south Texas and no matter what I do (water don't water fertilize/don't fertilize) my leaves always look sad and droopy. My plants still bloom but the leaves seem very stressed. They are planted in the ground. I planted them about 6 months ago. Please help!

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A few questions...

1.) Does your soil drain, or does it have a tendency to stay wet?

2.) Was the soil it came potted in, peaty? It's possible that you may think you are watering your plant but the soil your plant came in is not holding on to water. Peat moss soils are notorious for this--especially when exposed to hot, sunny conditions.

I would take it out of the ground, loosen up that root ball some so roots are not girdled and replant.

Don't feed until it looks happier if at all.--these plants do great in arid, low fertility soils.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 8:32AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

They don't need alot of water. Half strength fertilizer. Poor variety? Mine grew like crazy when I lived down south.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 11:27AM
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