Bougainvillea can add dramatic color to your landscape with red, purple and orange blooms. As a native plant of South America, Bougainvillea have a tendency to be frost sensitive, but will bounce back quickly after a hard prune to remove damaged branching after the danger of frost has passed in early March.
One of the keys to wonderful blooms is to not over water or over fertilize Bougainvillea. If you do, the plant will produce lots of green foliage but not as many blooms. If you can, install Bougainvillea on your cactus irrigation line to avoid over watering with the normal shrubs. After establishment, Bougainvillea produce more colorful blooms if only watered every 10-14 days.
We have had some later frost than normal in the Valley this year, so hold off on pruning back the frost damaged branches. When pruning, look for the new red bud emerging on the canes and prune just about the bud.