How to Transplant Bougainvillea Flowers

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When transplanting bougainvillea flowers, you're always going to want to keep a few key things in mind. Find out how to transplant bougainvillea flowers with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nell with Joy Us Garden and I'm going to tell you how to transplant a bougainvillea. This just happens to be my bougainvillea glabra. And we aren't going to transplant this one because it's way too old. But I'm going to tell you something I learned. I worked at a very reputable nursery in Berkley and we always told people to plant bougainvilleas in their pots. Just put slits in the pots and put them in the ground. Because although they are very tough, they have thorns. I have not watered this one all summer long. They are babies when it comes to their roots. They have a very fragile root system so it's not something I would recommend but I'm going to tell you how I would do it. So make sure it is watered well before you dig it up. Dig up as much if the root wall as you can get and what I would do is actually put it on to burlap and wrap the burlap around it like you're doing a bare root tree and when you're taking it over to the hole, don't drag it. Pick it up and carry it so the root wall doesn't fall apart and you want to dig a hole that's about two to three times the size of the root wall you're putting it in. It does matter if it's all that much deeper. Put in some compost and some warm compost, water that in well, put the plant in there, burlap and all, and then will it back up with the soil. And you might want to cut it back a bit too if it's a big plant because it's going to go through probably a little bit of shock where it loses all it's foliage and it might take a month, two or three months for the foliage to come back but just keep on watering it. They don't like to be damp or sopping wet but during this transplant period, you definitely want to keep it moist. Bougainvilleas are fabulous for a riot of color. When this one is in full bloom it's just magenta all the way up and over the garage and they are very tough but very fragile down below. I wouldn't recommend transplanting one but if you really want to and you want to try it, I told you how I would do it. So this is Nell with Joy Us Garden on how to transplant a bougainvillea.


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