Cut back all weak stems and slightly prune hardy shoots with scissor-action hedge shears to detail and finely tune the bougainvillea's final shape. Position the trimmer at the bottom of the hedge. Next, position the trimmers at the top left or right of the hedge and, again using short, sweeping cuts, trim the top horizontally, 1/2 inch at a time until you achieve the cube shape. Use long-handled loppers when trimming inside bougainvilleas, particularly dense ones, for added protection against injury. In my opinion, any of the ones which have more of a finer, pointed tip. Bougainvillea Pruning Techniques Bougainvillea is a tropical vine with beautiful flowers and evergreen leaves. 5. I have a massive bougainvillea at a house I just bought that looks like it hasn’t been pruned in years. Bougainvilleas grow vigorously, providing a tropical pop of color that stands out in nearly any yard. The same goes for a few of the larger branches which cross over or stick out. Nell, Maggie – Yours should be thriving again in a couple of years. Thanks! You can find more houseplant info in my simple and easy to digest houseplant care guide: Keep Your Houseplants Alive. I’ll do 3 or 4 lighter prunings throughout the warm season, ending in late November. I prune away whole branches, taking them all the way back to a main branch or the trunk. Feb 25, 2017 - An overgrown bougainvillea needed a hard pruning. I purchased a bourganvillia a few months ago. You probably have one of the taller varieties because it was at the roof. This is an east exposure & I want as much light as possible to enter the living room. > You can read our policies here. Exposure – full sun Soil – rather light. This will allow the new growth to come back stronger & healthier. Malaga should be pretty warm & sunny now so you should be seeing some growth on it. Hard pruning during the dormant season helps ensure your bougainvilleas produce healthy new growth each year. To create a rounded instead of horizontal top, position the trimmer at one of the top corners of the hedge after squaring-off the sides. Here’s the bottom line with bougainvilleas: they bloom on growth so more pruning and pinching = more flowering. Root ball of a Bougainvillea Bonsai As with all Bonsai, Bougainvillea Bonsai root pruning should be done during each re-potting. Hopefully between this pruning & composting it’ll come back strong. Pruning a Container Bougainvillea. This gives you an idea of what my bougainvillea (on the left in front of the chimney) looked like when I moved into the house. Even though this bougainvillea was in the process of going deciduous at the time this pic was taken, the foliage had never looked all that great. There was very little flowering action taking place & it was growing above the roof & into the walkway. A close up of the center of the plant – I pruned out most of those smaller branches as well as the ones that crossed over. – And most importantly, bring on lots of flowering. Happy gardening & thanks for stopping by. I pruned all the remaining branches to take them in & stimulate that new growth. If the main stem is green it should recover (although not nearly as full) so that call is yours. Thank you for the amazing website overflowing with great tips! Hi By the way, I’ll be sure to do a post and video in a few months so you can see how it came back. Prune in early spring. I had 2 large bougainvilleas in Santa Barbara and now have 4 smaller ones in my new garden in Tucson. You will be required to prune leaves, branches and roots. When watering your bougainvillea plant, you should wait until the soil is quite dry as they are quite tolerant of drought. The hard pruning that I do in late January or into February is the big one that sets the shape this plant will be for the rest of the year. You can read our policies here. I cut it back to about 9′ tall. 02/04/2017. Our Gardner cut (hack) down our bougainvillea to the base by accident and left about 2 feet. Foliage – evergreen Flowering – May to November. I’d thin it out a bit in the middle so it doesn’t grow back like a blob. If you are re-potting a young plant, take extra care as the roots will be fine and brittle. Hard pinching is removing long lengths of vine or trimming entire sections of the plant. Prune a bougainvillea plant regularly to encourage prolific flowering and bush growth. Different techniques will provide different results, so know This will prepare the plants for a season indoors to avoid any overnight freezes. Hi Petuala – Older bougainvilleas can tolerate &/or survive a cold spell much better than younger or newly planted ones. Bougainvilleas need it as they’re vigorous growers. Hard-pruning bougainvillea vines before every winter will promote growth when spring starts, especially if taking them inside. Alternate between all four sides of the hedge. Hard pruning should occur after the majority of the plant's blossoms fall to keep the plant flowering and to promote new growth. In zone 9-11 landscapes, late winter/early spring is the best time for bougainvillea pruning. Beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners all … Bougainvillea are very beautiful Mediterranean climbing shrubs.. I do the pruning when the evenings start to warm a bit – you don’t want to do it if there’s any danger of below freezing temperatures (especially for a period of more than 3 nights) on the horizon. Cut out branches that are diseased or infested with pests, cutting them back to healthy tissue. Just left you an answer on your previous comment. It was originally the height of the roof. Feeding bougainvillea, once in 4 weeks with 5-5-5 or 10-10-10 is enough. The days & evenings have really cooled here in Tucson so it’s more in a rest phase now. What I believe is Bougainvillea “Rainbow Gold” grows right near my front door and I’m not sure when it was last pruned. Remove entangled branches, inward-growing branches and those that rub against each other. Don't make your hedge top-heavy when shaping. To create a cube shape, position the blades at the bottom of the hedge and trim the branches back 1/2 inch at a time, using short, sweeping vertical cuts. It’s also worth pruning large and obtrusive branches that blocks and prevents the plan from growing to its full potential in the sun. & also Corona Long Reach Loppers. Don explained that hard pruning of bougainvilleas is generally not recommended, because it makes the plants stop flowering and they then go into a strong, vegetative growth phase. Massive thorns await me Needless to say I’m watching all your pruning videos. Name – Bougainvillea Family – Nyctaginaceae Type – climbing shrub. I want to bring on that flowering to keep the hummingbirds & butterflies happy too! I’ll tell you from experience, bougainvillea isn’t hard to shape but it can take some work! Pruning and wiring: Cut the shoots after flowering, leaving two leaves on each and prune twigs and branches in autumn or winter. See how I prune & train the plant to bring on a big show of flowers. The length & handle material are up to you. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a51d6e9881b33c87ecc652155e147f90" );document.getElementById("ec38a79989").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Hi, I’m Nell, and this is where I celebrate all things garden and share my passion for plants, flowers and the great outdoors. Bougainvilleas need it as they’re vigorous growers. I’m tickled pink to have you here! The bougainvillea can bud from old wood after hard pruning. To keep Bougainvillea plants at their best they need a regular pruning regime. Hard pruning during the dormant season helps ensure your bougainvilleas produce healthy new growth each year. I have cut some of the old sticks off but I am wondering if it will ever come back to life again. I live just outside Malaga Spain. If you’re new to the world of bougainvillea pruning I have a word of warning: they have thorns, some species and varieties fiercer than others. The main stem is green inside but the old shoots are like sticks. Just out of curiosity have you got an updated photo of the bougainvillea you pruned in this video? University of California: Bougainvillea -- Bougainvillea spp. This was my Bougainvillea glabra in Santa Barbara, a real flowering machine for 9 months out of the year. Frequent or at least annual pruning is important to encourage new growth that will produce the colorful bracts. Why in the world have a bougainvillea if you can’t get any color! It’s hard to get a perspective when your nose is in the plant! How to prune bougainvillea: Bougainvillea plants need hard pruning to force blooming and maintain its shape. - pruning overgrown bougainvillea - Use pruning shears to cut back bougainvillea plants using the “hard pinch” technique immediately prior to moving them indoors if you live in a cold climate. Can you give any feedback on whether it would and is so, how long it would take to begin looking good again? Here’s a post I did on my bougainvillea & a light freeze: https://www.joyusgarden.com/light-freeze-damage-on-bougainvilleas-what-it-looks-like-what-to-do-about-it/ Nell. I figure out what I shape I want it to be & what I need to do. Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea spp. Mix together 1 part bleach and 9 parts water and soak the blades of the bypass hand pruners and loppers for 30 minutes. I’m scared to cut mine back so aggressively, but I have faith in your work. Most plants will be in a semi-dormant state in mid to late winter and won’t be harmed by even severe pruning. ), don’t tolerate frost well, growing in frost-free climates in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 11, but you can grow them as a houseplant in cold climates. Overgrown, neglected, enormous, thorny bougainvillea shrubs are a candidate for the worst-ever pruning nightmare. Andrews received formal training at Le Cordon Bleu. Tip pruning, which I do when the fancy strike me, is key to that dense show of color. Wear protective gloves, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants when pruning bougainvilleas to avoid injury or discomfort caused by contact with thorns. 1 Mix together 1 part bleach and 9 … Hi Soraya – I just gave that bougainvillea the end of season pruning a few weeks ago. They need training, support & attachment. Work around the hedge, picking up the trimming where you left off, again cutting upward at a slightly inward angle until you achieve a pointed top with downward-sloping sides. Your cost for the products will be no higher but Joy Us garden receives a small commission. They flower on the current seasons growth so pruning in late winter or early spring, just before growth begins.. Pruning . Step a few feet back from the hedge after every cut and look to make sure you're shaping it evenly. Pruning of bonsai bougainvillea is an important step to keep your bonsai bougainvillea flowering all year round. Pruning a bougainvillea is a project best not done in a bikini! Use cut … Bougainvilleas produce their flower bracts or “bloom” on new growth. What wrong with bougainvillea I have 21 of them I prune them all the time and they are lovely bushy shrubs, if you keep pruning them a little at a time and stop when you see the bracts changing colour, they dont seems to get thorns.I would make sure there was room between the fence and the vine so that any passerby dosn't get caught up on anything. I spread a 4″ layer of compost around the base of this plant to nourish the soil. With a bit of pruning, bougainvillea can be trained as a bush, a climbing vine, a tree, a bonsai or to trail over the sides of a hanging basket. Hard Pinching. The foliage has always looked a bit pale & shall we say, “blah”. I live in Almeria, Spain. Its good to do pruning before the plant starts to shoot. It may seem like I removed a lot, but believe, bougainvilleas grow back like crazy. Wear gloves and maybe even long sleeves. My loppers have extendable handles & I really like that feature. What shall I do , consider it dead or wait to see if anything comes of it? Jun 15, 2017 - This is all about the hard pruning of an overgrown bougainvillea. Always dilute the fertilizer to half its strength before use. Basic Bougainvillea facts. Thank you for your helpful info! Your email address will not be published. Jerry visits a bougainvillea inspired garden. There are 2 branches framing the window which I still need to attach but I’m missing the hardware. It flowered well but is not nearly as floriferous as my B. This shelters the lower branches from sun and rain, promoting weak growth. You can also use scissor-action hedge shears to shape the bougainvillea. Wipe down the blades of your bypass pruners with a cloth moistened with isopropyl alcohol in between trimming of diseased or infested branches. I trained my bougainvillea up & over my in Santa Barbara which took 2 years. Bougainvillea can technically be pruned at any time of the year, but the best time to do so for the integrity of the plant is in very early spring, before the plant has begun to produce buds for new flowers. I do the pruning when the evenings start to warm a bit – you don’t want to do it if there’s any danger of below freezing temperatures (especially for a period of more than 3 nights) on the horizon. I used my trusty & beloved Felco #2’s (they’ve been my go to hand pruner for over 25 years now!) A video guides you. A.J. It’s a rangy vine greatly in need of a hard pruning and training. There are now cultivars and crosses from several parent specimens that range in color, size and hardiness. Climate bougainvillea can bud from old wood in the fall back to a main branch the... 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