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Bougainvillea: the perennial bloomer.
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Satish
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March 12, 2011 - 10:15 am
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News for Bougainvillea fans: The Annual Festival of Bougainvillea is scheduled to be held at the IARA Delhi on the 25th & 26th of this month.

This is a plant that that can be grown very easily anywhere. Yes even in balconies ! And the best part is that flowers round the year though the intensity might vary. In Delhi Bougainvillea are in full bloom these days. In all sorts of different colours and even a beautiful white. It can bring a lot of colour and brightness to our concrete jungles.

To grow Bougainvillea you can get small plants in pots from a GOOD nursery. Or you can take cuttings from neighbours and/or friends (before doing this please ensure you have their permission to do so !) and put them in pots to take roots. Application of a rooting hormone will help considerably.

I believe there is an institution called IHR in Bangalore which is doing a lot of research on this plant. I will try to visit this year's festival and report to you thereon.

Satish

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mungbean
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I'm experimenting with Bougainvillea cuttings, as my building is covered in the stuff.

So far it looks like taking green or semi-woody cuttings is working best, although I've only just started transferring them into pots after rooting in water.

If anyone in Bangalore wants some cuttings let me know!

btw I don't think the flowers are actually what provides the colour - the flowers themselves are tiny white things, while the colour comes from modified leaves which surround them. 

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Hi Mungbean:

You have again made me aware that one never stops learning !! What beautiful 'leaves' though. Please do post details of how you 'root' cuttings in water. This sounds really interesting. Thanks & regards.

Satish

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Thanks for writing on this topic, my bonsai bougainvillea has gone into full bloom. I think they just love the summer.

I just uploaded some pics of my garden, enjoy 🙂

https://picasaweb.google.com/prad.dsouza/MYTerraceGardenMarch11?feat=directlink

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mungbean
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Bonsai Bougainvillea, wow!  Amazing.

As for rooting cuttings, all I've been doing is snipping off new growth, around 4-8 inches long, and sticking them in a beer bottle full of water up to the top.  After a week or so the bottom of the stem has developed what looks like white blisters, but I presume these are the beginnings of roots. One cutting definitely had something looking more like a root.

I've been dunking all the cuttings in rooting hormone when I cut them, but don't know if it makes any difference as I've not done a controlled experiment.

One thing I've noticed though - the woodier cuttings tend to die off, while the greener or semi-woody ones keep their leaves and they're the ones I'm potting on.

I have a large plant hanging over my balcony, and I hung a weight on this to stop it from falling off.... interestingly, bending it downwards seems to encourage it to send lots of new shoots directly upwards, so this is a ready supply of new cuttings. 

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Hi pr4d & mungbean:

The pics of the bonsai bougainville and the other flowers are really amazing. I am reall getting tempted to share some of mine with you. If you have made the bonsais yourself, why don't you give some of the experience and expertise to us less knoledgeable guys?  How do you ensure that the cuttings dont 'fall' into the bear bottle? I surely would be tempted to ! Actually, is it not recommended to take cuttings from the tip of a 'new growth'? The 'auxins' (Rooting hormones) are supposed to be concentrated near the 'tip' of each growing stem Would that most likely not ensure that the cutting is not woody? Till now I have grown  cuttings of  various plants by filling up a nursery bag with cocopeat+vermicompost (half each), and sticking a cutting into it. After watering it I then covered it with a 2-litre cold drink pet bottle from which I had cut off a sufficient part of the top to enable it to 'slip' over the nursery bag. After some time, some of these cuttings struck root. I have also tried to put cuttings in pure sand. This has to be watered very often. In both the methods I used rooting hormones. Success has been only partial in both methods. I would say about 25%. But it is exhilirating all the same !! Regards.

Satish

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Thanks Satish & Mungbean,

As far as the Bougainvillea bonsai, I just picked up a bougainvillea shrub from lalbagh last year which had a slight resemblance of a tree and was in bloom. I pruned it slightly and put into a plastic box. I was quite disappointed that it had not flowered at all,  and after a year now- same time summer it has gone into full bloom. What I loved is, this variety had very small leaves so it makes a perfect bonsai and with all the flowers its just a treat.

I  have started some of the bonsai in my garden although for the most part, I have collected them from various nurseries and old dams where the trees grow in the crevices. I will surely write and share some articles about bonsai next time.

As far as the rootings are concerned, I just think you need to cut off semi woody stems and plant them in soil. Try youtube they have a bunch of videos.

Satish please share your pictures as well. Gardening is a joy- offline or online.

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Hi everyone:

Actually I was trying to learn posting pictures here and thought why not start with my Bougainvillea! Regards

Satish

AND I FAILED !

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Upload to Picasa/Flickr> Drag and drop the picture from Picasa to this WYSIWYG editor using a browser like Firefox. Thats it.

This way the blog host, ie GG does have to bother about moderating pictures or worry about space/ bandwidth issues.

Hope this helps

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Hi pr4d:

By hook or by crook I just succeeded in pasting a link in another topic about a minute ago. I have decided to make hay while the sun is shining ! Am giving the link here for some Bougainvillea pics from my garden. Hope you like them.

https://picasaweb.google.com/108184095189913552151/Bougainvillea?authkey=Gv1sRgCPmfhp6b7rSDrQE&feat=directlink

My white Bougainvillea are still not in full bloom. And unfortunately I do not have any yellow ones. Regards.

Satish

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March 17, 2011 - 4:30 pm

hey thanx satish.

u inspired me to grow this flower. yet i cant pronounce it name. lol. i will get the cutting from a garden near by.

plz tell me one thing, is there any difference in softwood cutting and hardwood cutting, for this plant.

your bonsai is too good.

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Hi Satish,

Just saw your bougainville pics. They are very pretty. I too want to grow some in a pot on my terrace but i was told that these plants have sharp thorns so I didnt plant them as I have a 2 yr old mischievous granddaughter n dont want her to get poked.

Do all of them have thorns?

 

Rgds

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Satish said:

Hi pr4d:

By hook or by crook I just succeeded in pasting a link in another topic about a minute ago. I have decided to make hay while the sun is shining ! Am giving the link here for some Bougainvillea pics from my garden. Hope you like them.

https://picasaweb.google.com/108184095189913552151/Bougainvillea?authkey=Gv1sRgCPmfhp6b7rSDrQE&feat=directlink

My white Bougainvillea are still not in full bloom. And unfortunately I do not have any yellow ones. Regards.

Satish

Nice pics Satish

 

I've recently put some bougainvillea stem cutting in a pot with a combination of red soil and dried flowers and leaves manure, I've dipped the stem cuttings in rooting harmone and few of them have started to show up some green leaves, its my hubby's fav flower, so would like to knw how sson would they bloom, and other precautions to be taken like pruning etc.

 

Krishna

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nice information. thank you for sharing it.

 

thanks

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Oh they look so lush!Smile

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