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by twwright on July 14, 2006 04:03 AM
I have a bougainvillia that's about 4 feet tall supported by a stake. It has been in full bloom for several months and is breathtaking. Two days ago we had high winds which kept knocking the plant over causing it to lose leaves. After about the fourth time of picking it up I decided to move it out of the wind until it died down. The following day was also windy so I left it there. The area I put it in was out of the wind but also out of the sun. Now I have lost almost all of the flowers (bracts). What do I do to save it? Do I prune? Do I prune off the stems that held the bracts but not prune the actual stem? I mean the support structure for the bracts, not the actual stem. I have now put it back into the sunlight. I have only lost a very few leaves but have lost a few leaves also. I didn't think this would happen so quickly but it did. I'm just sick because the plant was so healthy and beautiful. Neighbors asked me constantly, "what is that plant?" I don't have a lot of those so I want it back. Any ideas?

Terry in Texas
by njoynit on July 14, 2006 07:29 AM
you proably stressed it.
what size pot have you left it in?
I grow mine in afternoon shade like after 2 pm but gets sun rest of time& keep mine mulched.I had it growing on an arbor,now it just grows up a string tied on stick in ground.
You've had some hotter temps the last few days the winds dry your plants out more.Mines in a 3 gallon pot but roots grow out into the ground and they are mulched and some other plants may keep the roots cooler.In the fall I pull the pot up nd check the tubers and place in cold GH.I have grown it over the winter indoors and have had it bloom but the flowers we;re a very pale pink almost white(due to lighting)I removed the original wooden trellis crap the 1st overwinter.

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by njoynit on July 15, 2006 12:53 PM
you proably stressed it.
what size pot have you left it in?
I grow mine in afternoon shade like after 2 pm but gets sun rest of time& keep mine mulched.I had it growing on an arbor,now it just grows up a string tied on stick in ground.
You've had some hotter temps the last few days the winds dry your plants out more.Mines in a 3 gallon pot but roots grow out into the ground and they are mulched and some other plants may keep the roots cooler.In the fall I pull the pot up nd check the tubers and place in cold GH.I have grown it over the winter indoors and have had it bloom but the flowers we;re a very pale pink almost white(due to lighting)I removed the original wooden trellis crap the 1st overwinter.

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by njoynit on July 20, 2006 04:01 AM
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