Keep the faith with —and your hands off! — struggling bougainvillea
I had a caller ask about his bougainvillea and why it was not doing so well this year (as well as having struggled in prior years).
I told him that I have two of these South American desert beauties in my front yard adorning the fence. They both take up about 20 feet of fence and about 10 feet of front yard.
I owe my good luck with these babies to an old farmer who sold them to me when they were very small. He told me not to fuss with them and they well grow to be beautiful red giants.
I took his advice and even though they looked bad and straggly, I left them alone.
Even after a hurricane when they were left a ragged mess, I kept my hands off them and they survived.
A couple years and a couple of more hurricanes went by and I lost my fence but I didn’t touch the plants.
New fencing was installed and I put a sign out for the contractor that read in both English and Spanish “Don’t touch the plants!”
A couple more years went by and when I went to see how my bougainvilleas were doing, they greeted me just as they are today: 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 8 feet tall with multiple beautiful red blossoms all over the plants.
So I say to you, dear reader with the struggling bougainvillea: Have faith, leave them alone and trust that will live with you forever.
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