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Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

Posted by Evelyn256 none (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 2, 14 at 14:16

This bougy was gorgeous this past summer (I am in Zone 9, near Temecula, Ca), but a freeze left it looking like this. Do you recommend I cut it back, or should I leave it alone and hope for the best? I was just getting it to spill over the wall to be seen by front of house. Next year I'll be sure to throw a sheet over it.


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RE: Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

The bougainvilleas and hibiscus here look the same! We'll probably have another cold snap so I would leave as is until late Feb. Don't want to encourage new tender growth.

This year I used towels over my Gerberas and they look great. Wish I'd remembered to protect the geraniums :-(


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RE: Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

I'm betting she'll be fine after you cute her back. I once snapped mine off at the roots and she is trying to eat the entire house again.


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One of mine in the front yard looks almost like yours,however one in the backyard where it really gets the ocean/canyon breeze is blooming like crazy.
Kathi


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RE: Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

I'd leave it until it starts to bud out. Sometimes ours would die back to the ground and other times sprout out all along the whole long stem.

Covering it might not have helped. Bougies are really cold sensitive.


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I'm 20 miles north of you in Juniper Flats (Nuevo). Our bugy dies back each winter and comes back each spring. Take the first frost as an opportunity to perform the year's severe pruning. If the bugy doesn't fit an evergreen desire, replace it.


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RE: Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

Thanks everyone. I'll wait until Feb. to do any trimming. I can already see new growth at the base--yippee! This is the way it looked pre-frost...I love these lusty plants.


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Wow,that's a beauty.
Kathi


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Should be fine. My bougainvillea is about 30 years old and I can NOT kill it. I keep it trimmed to a square/rectangle shape (walkway on one side, deck/sitting area on the other) and it is always over growing. I can trim it and a week later it looks like I did nothing haha.

Oh and I'm about 20 miles or so from you if that makes a difference :)


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RE: Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

Evelyn,how's your bougainvillea doing.I trimmed mine back some and it's in flower and looking very good again.
kathi


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here's mine

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Pinky-red in lower back yard

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Kathi


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RE: Will My Poor Bouganvilla Make a Comeback?

Hi, Kathi - So so pretty! I trimmed my back a bit, and it is putting out new green at the base. If the temp goes back to the 30's, I'll throw a sheet over it.


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