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Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

Posted by kornfedinla CA (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 24, 13 at 22:52

Im painting my house and want to transplant this Bougainvilla.Its a beautiful mature plant and saving it would be preferable. It 's pretty much anchored to a trellis connected to the porch supports. Removing it from the house shouldn't be too difficult, its digging it up and transplanting it that has me concerned. How fragile/ hearty/ extensive is the root system?


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RE: Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

It could probably be done physically, with a lot of pruning, but I doubt it would reestablish. Too much damage to the root system, I believe would be inevitable. Al


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RE: Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

You would need to wait until winter, cut it back to stumps and then move it.


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RE: Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

  • Posted by socal23 USDA10/Sunset23 (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 25, 13 at 11:37

Why not take propagate it? Bougainvillea isn't the easiest plant to root, but if you take several cuttings, at least a few should survive.

I've had better percentage success with hardwood cuttings, but only with cool (50-70 degrees) conditions. I usually have a 40-60% success rate with softwood cuttings.

Ryan


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RE: Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

If that's your only worry- that its in the way of painting...just cut it down to knee height...paint your house,and then let it grow back to the size you want it to be. That's what I did to a similar sized 'barbara karst'
They can take that easily.


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RE: Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

  • Posted by dis_ z9 CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 25, 13 at 13:58

Bougainvillea is very root tender. I doubt it would survive a transplant. A very hard pruning sounds like a better idea.


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RE: Can this extra-large Bougainvilla be transplanted?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 25, 13 at 16:55

what stanofh said, you can cut it to the ground and it will all grow back. Getting a baby bougainvillea to establish is difficult, killing an established one is ten times as difficult.


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