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Post  amazonida on Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:26 am

hi, need to know when is the right time to prune the branches. do i have to wait until they get hard?
Need tips, this is red one. May i aplly the tips to every colour?
Thanks

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:10 pm

I've pruned bougies at every season. And yes, all bougies are the same.

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Post  amazonida on Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:58 am

Jim, thanks. So, i can prune it no matter how green is the branche? and no matter how long it is?

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Post  flamencoguy on Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:51 pm

Bougies will die back a bit from where you cut your branch, sometimes up to an inch (2-3 cm). I've chopped one back from a big, viney nursery plant (1m tall and wide)to a stump with no leaves and it came back fine. Very hard to kill. Don't keep it too wet or it will rot. Hope that helps!

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:06 pm

I routinely pinch new growth. Be aware, though, hat you will pinch off new "flower" bracts when you do this. But it will promote backbudding and branching.

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Post  luc tran on Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:59 pm

I thought they were hard to kill too, but for some reason, this year's winter in Texas was quit harsh on these trees. Actually, I know about 6 great trees around me that were all killed. And they were all in the ground. And worse, I live in Houston.

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Post  flamencoguy on Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:13 pm

Ah yes... they are cold sensitive. Being in my location I completely forgot about that!

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Post  bumblebee on Sun Apr 18, 2010 4:32 pm

I had 2 nice bouganvillas in the making, but this year's winter freeze got them both! I'll have a greenhouse of some discription next year for sure.

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