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What's wrong with my bougainvillea

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by floweringchild on August 22, 2006 06:47 AM
Hi folks!
My bougainvillea is not very happy. [Frown] There is leaf dropping along with discoloring of various leaves. I'm going to my make my first attempt at uploading from "photobucket".

My picture will tell you more.
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Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

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by tppc on August 24, 2006 07:19 AM
See if you plant have little bugs like cotton?
Somethink like that:

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Teresa
by floweringchild on August 24, 2006 07:42 AM
Hi tppc,

Thanks for your response!

I just checked my plant and I do not see any bugs. Do you know the name of the bug you mentioned that appears as cotton?

Thanks Teresa

Other suggestions? Anyone?

Stephanie

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by weezie13 on August 24, 2006 07:53 AM
Hi Stephanie,

Can you answer some more questions in the meantime waiting
for some of the gardener's to come thru... [thumb] [flower]

[critic] Growing conditions the plant is in right now???

[critic] What kind of soil is it in?
Regular garden soil/or bagged soil, if so, what kind?
What kind of drainage does the area have?

[critic] Watering practices? By hose, sprinkler, drip, only rain water...
And when do you water, in the morning, afternoon, evenings?

[critic] Have you used any fertilizers' lately?
If so, what kind?
What time of day?
And was the soil dry or wet before hand?

[critic] Is the plant in full sun, partial, shade???

[critic] How old is the plant?

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by floweringchild on August 24, 2006 03:36 PM
Hi weezie,

Okay!

The plant is sitting along side of my front door step, potted and facing north.

I am not sure of the soil content as it is in it's original container from the nursery.

I water by hose, every 2 to 3 days, usually in the mid-afternoon.

I have given it granule plant food but not sure the name. Will have to get back to you on that.

I purchased the plant about 4 months ago.

Stephanie

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by tppc on August 25, 2006 01:44 PM
Hi Stephanie,
I think it's mealybugs... I now thar 3 days ago in our forum.
I hope you find what is wrong.

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Teresa
by floweringchild on August 25, 2006 02:04 PM
Hey tppc,

Mealybugs? Hmmm, are they visible to the naked eye? What can I do to rid them if that's what it is?

Thanks

Stephanie

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by floweringchild on August 26, 2006 06:21 AM
Weezie, I told you I would get back to you on the fertilizer.

It's called "Colorburst" for plants and flowers, 15-30-15.

Do others agree my plant has mealybugs?

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by floweringchild on September 25, 2006 05:24 AM
Hi all! [wavey]

Here's an update on my bougainvillea. I moved the plant over three feet to a location for full sun. I removed the plant from an outside pot it was sitting in as it did not have holes for drainage. My bougainvillea seems to be doing much better! [Wink]

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I do need to transplant to another pot though. Would it be okay to do this now? I'm in zone 9. It is not blooming at this time. I don't know that it should be though.

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by Bestofour on September 25, 2006 07:33 AM
gosh, what a difference. Was it standing in water since there were no drainage holes?

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by floweringchild on September 25, 2006 12:11 PM
Hi Bestofour,
Unfortunately, it was. [scaredy] Say about an inch or two. It was sitting in a beautiful ceramic pot. I recently found out there are drill bits that can be used to drill holes in ceramic pots. [nutz] Wow! I need to get to Home Depot to pick one up. I wouldn't want to crack that pot and find it hard to believe this info. [thinker] Came from good source.

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