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Can my Bougainvillea go dormant for the winter

Posted by karyn1 MD 7 ( on
Thu, Oct 4, 07 at 23:03

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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RE: Can my Bougainvillea go dormant for the winter

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.


RE: Can my Bougainvillea go dormant for the winter

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.

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