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emma d.

i really have to thank shanddavies, above, for answering the questions i came here to ask. i'm a san diego native (i know, there are so few of us), who grew up completely in love with bougainvillea, in all its splendid colors and forms. it's the one plant i missed most, when i moved away for graduate school.

after years in colorado, where the temperatures are far too frigid for my beloved plant, then in the tri-state area of the east coast, where it's still too frigid, i've finally arrived back home in san diego. one of the first things i did was run out and buy myself a bougainvillea plant. but, as i'm now living in a townhouse, rather than owning both a home and acreage, i bought the plant in a pot.

i just couldn't understand why my plant, in seemingly full sun, just wilted and shriveled unto death. never in my life have i, well, killed a plant.

upon reading the two comments above, i recognize what i did wrong: the plant was against a wall, which gave too much cool shade; the wall connects to a rain gutter on the roof, which this year did provide an excessive (for bougainvillea) amount of moisture; and the container in which the plant was provided was root-bound. all amounting to Epic Fail.

i'd have done better transferring my sweet friend into the soil in the front of my townhome.

if only i'd read these comments sooner.

next time — and i came here, because i'm now preparing for the next time — i'll do so much better.

thank you for this forum.

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I found out the hard wy that when there's a drought the deer will eat your beautyful bougies!! i am not happy

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Yes bougainvillea will shower your home with flowers...and shower the homeowner with blood! No one ever mentions the wicked, wicked thorns! I live in Florida and pick-axed every bougainvillea that was in our yard up and replaced with more user friendly plants (alamanda, ginger, trumpet vine), except for the ones growing up into the trees in the woods. I don't have to do anything to them, but appreciate, thank God!


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