I have this hardy bogie that i bought in florida back in march and still in
the same pot. I cannot replant it in my garden because of seasons here in
the nyc area. I noticed that while its in full bloom, it needs to be watered
amost daily...possibly because the roots have no more room to grow in that
pot? I was hopeing that i could get it into the vine state for the summer on
my sunny patio and then cut it back in time for the late fall season, and
start it over again next spring. Has anyone here had experience with such a
plant under similar conditions? If so, could u tell me how u handle the
situation to your satisfaction? Thank you:)
Out here where they thrive, Phoenix, they do best when stressed. Meaning
they produce prodigious flowers when baked and ignored. Watering them
produces more green than flower, and you want the opposite. You can
literally get a vine 25 ft tall with nothing but color.
One thing I've found with pots, especially the original pot, is that direct
sunlight can cook the roots, especially if the pot is black or thin. I lost
a bunch of heirloom tomatos that very way.
Try putting it in a larger pot that's a lighter color and ceramic and
aclimating out of direct sunlight but not shade. Also try a denser substrate
in the pot if the soil is typical all organic soil from a bag.
Bougainvilleas are used to more sand or clay and it will also help retain
You might also consider repotting in a larger plastic container, digging a
hole in an appropriate spot in your yard, and placing the pot in for the
summer. This will also keep roots cooler and allow you to yank the pot in
the winter and put it inside.
But yeah, don't expect a Bougainvillea to go crazy and thrive when it's
potted. They are a big expansive plant. One notable bougainvillea I remember
at ASU grew up the side of a three story building covering all 3 floors
about 15 to 18 feet wide. The base was about a foot across.
And yet I have seen some really well grown container bogies- most notably at
bonsai shows. My favorite bonsai shop has one I would kill to own. I have
several potted ones, but yes, summer management is tough.
I have several types in my yard and I notice that all are not created equal.
The most precocious has sabre-thorns and is a prodigious flowerer (purple)
and climber, followed by a white one with similar properties.
The plants with more subtle colours don't seem to be as vigorous and I have
yellow, pink, and orange.
I have planted the vigourous ones in pots with an 8ft stake in the middle up
which these grow, and they are pruned back when they reach the top so they
are forced outwards to give a tubular effect.
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