Bougainvillea Problem

bigeasy(9)August 28, 2011

I purchased a white and pink bougainvillea three springs ago.I planted it in good soil.I used Bougainvillea food.The first year it grew by double it's size and had blooms everywhere. The second year was another double.It handled a few frosts but started blooming with the beginning of spring.This winter the plant was hit with a three day freeze.I cut the branches all of the way to four inches from the soil.This summer the plant went everywhere. The branches we solid green and grew about four to eight feet in length.I did two things wrong. First, I cut them too far back and second I used Algoflash all-purpose.It is a great fertilizer by not for bougainvilleas.I roped all of the branches in two spots to stop it from laying on the ground. I have removed most of the leaves on two occasion only to find more leaves.I have not seen one bloom and for the last six weeks I have been using bouginvillea food. What can I do? I miss the flowers. Tommy

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

It wouldn't flop so much and you wouldn't need to cut it back so much/often if you stopped fertilizing. The things do fine without any fert, only mulch. They are VIGOROUS plants when on their own. You're over-mothering it.

Jean, who gardened in SoCal for 30-some years

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