Can my Bougainvillea go dormant for the winter

karyn1(7a)October 4, 2007

I really don't want to have to winter over my Bougainvillea under lights this year. Can I prune it severely, cut back on watering and keep it somewhere cool but above freezing in a dormant state over the winter?


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Yes, but don't let it get as dry as you would a plumeria. The roots must not be allowed to dessicate, the boug does not have the ability to regenerate new roots in the spring. I learned that the hard way :-)

Try to give it a head start and take it out of dormancy around February if possible - they bloom heavily with enough warmth and light in the early spring months.


    Bookmark   October 5, 2007 at 5:44PM
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Thanks for the info. That's one more plant that I won't have to worry about over the winter. I'm trying to let as much as possible go dormant this year. I just don't have the time or energy to keep all this stuff going through the winter.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2007 at 1:29PM
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