Collected Purple Bougainvillea

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Right on "V"..... You Da Man!! (Or Wahine Embarassed ) There's some I saw with really gnarly trunks and I thought that it would be to much work to dig it out. Now, I think "Miss Kitty" is going to have a fit!! Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:05 am

Can't wait to see what you get!!! Very Happy

The gnarlier the better... and they are easy to carve. So you can get mad character in them quick... and a few short seasons and you've got a very well established branch structure. I love bougies for that reason. Smile

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Hawaiian77 on Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:48 am

Howzit all,

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season. santa I wish you all the best in the coming year. It's been six months since my last post of this bougie and this is just an update.

A Hui Hou,
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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  NeilDellinger on Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:00 am

Heres mine. I never treated the deadwood either, just as Vic says...drill drain holes to ensure it stays dry, or at least dries quickly. Mine has never bloomed damnitt! I collected it in Indiana in a greenhouse where it had rooted into the floor many many yrs ago. I've tried everything but bougain to get it to bloom. I carved it again this week and refined the deadwood. Its amazing how fast they develop, even in a crappy climate for tropicals. Its the one and only tropical one I have. Any tips on blooming and I'd be interested in hearing them.

4 yrs ago after collecting (a big cutting)
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_sQq0e5jsUXY/R5shoiv0u9I/AAAAAAAAAC4/DmBbhlgc5y0/Boug%20May.JPG

2 yrs ago after defoliating


1 year ago after it got a new pot & leafed out after another round of defoliating. Its sitting under lights in the basement sulking right now.
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_sQq0e5jsUXY/TNaE37s8rHI/AAAAAAAAEmY/WwkZTU502v8/s512/boug2%205%202010.jpg

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:31 am

With out a doubt the more common red does better in a container than the more exotic colors, but if you have tried a "Bloom Buster" type fertilizer (high middle number) try watering less. Bougies like to be pruned and dry.

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  NeilDellinger on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:01 pm

Thanks Billy. I have just recently started to let it dry out more. Its in a pretty free draining mix....Haydite, pumice & akadama in equal measures. I fed it something similar a couple of times this season.

Its a nice tree that I have enjoyed training, but seeing it bloom would be the icing on the cake. Smile

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:54 pm

I am not sure the bougie benefits from "akadama." I have never used it but where I have seen it, it held a lot of moisture.


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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Hawaiian77 on Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:04 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:I am not sure the bougie benefits from "akadama." I have never used it but where I have seen it, it held a lot of moisture.


Howzit Billy,

In my bougies I do use akadama and volcanic cinders and yes it dose hold more moisture so I don't water as much. In my soil I use 30% akadama and 70% volcanic cinders. Half way down the grow box I very the size of the cinders. I just collected this so I'm hoping after a year or so the bracts will come out. Will keep you posted.

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