My hubby brought home a bougainvillea yesterday and I'm not optomistic! I saw them at Home Depot here in Eugene in the spring and was surprised but they were gorgeous at the time (having just come out of a greenhouse somewhere I'm sure). Talked to my mother who says theirs died almost immediately a few years back. They are in Southern Oregon. He bought it at a very reputable and dependable local organic nursery and I'm a little surprised. Didn't want to dampen his enthusiasm though. He has loved them since the first time we went to Baja. Can this actually grow in our climate. I'm in the Willamette Valley in Eugene. Any advice? It's still in its' 6-inch pot.
It's an annual here. You'll need to bring it in in the winter. I did successfully grow one inside in a pot for awhile, but got tired of getting caught on the thorns. And, of course, it couldn't grow to the size it wanted to inside . . .
Hubby and I moved there in 2001 and out in 2005. I lived in Corvallis from 94-01. Hubby and I still work in Corvallis though - we just commute now. Sorry, don't know Dr. Grube - I kept my doctors in Corvallis, but my hubby says he has seen him. The kids and hubby all see Dr. Folley who is in the same office as Dr. Grube. It's a small world.
I have a question about bringing plants in for the winter - when you put them back outside do you put them in the ground or leave them in pots. I love love love bouganvilleas and would like to try one here.
I think part of the draw is that when a group is Corvallis Clinic size, the incremental cost of malpractice insurance is easier to bear. Without that, many docs wouldn't be able to stay in business.
My brother and his partner used to be able to drive out into the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night to deliver babies. They really miss that. But now, nobody can afford the liability.
Portland1, I would think you'd want to leave the bougainvillea in pots year-round, rather than having to mess with trimming off a rootball in the fall, but Redchic sounds like she'd know. I'm not one for having things that I have to overwinter inside. There's just no way for me to keep them safe from cats . . .
I always grow Bougainvillea here in Montana. They love it and do well for about 3 to 4 years being brought in in September. I place them in the sunniest window and they bloom all winter. Spring they need to get outside asap so they get the required sun to thrive. I have had problems with mites though in the late winter indoors. Soap and water usually clears them up.
This is a plant that I got in Phoenix 2 years ago.
No I just plant and dig up each time. Though I usually pot 2" bigger each year. There is always a little leaf drop but I think the stress causes the flowers to bloom more just because of the stress. I love this plant in the winter because it is all abloom. I do the same thing with Abutilon plants.