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#89443 February 7th, 2007 at 03:06 AM
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okie dokie. does anyone know what to do when one's bougainvilla turns brown and crunchy?? due to the freezes we've had here, it looks kinda, well, dead!! can i prune it to the ground and hope it'll come back??

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#89444 February 7th, 2007 at 04:59 AM
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welcome to the forum!!

well, even tho it did freeze in your area - totally unusual - i'm sure it wasn't cold long enough for the ground to freeze up, so the roots are probably okay. especially if this is a well-established plant!

so, trimming back the damaged parts would be the thing to do. trim back a bit and look at the cut end...keep trimming back (every 6-8 inches or so) until you see healthy green inside.

cutting back to ground-level would probably be okay too...i'd hate to see you lose so much of your vine tho - especially if it's not really needed to give it such a drastic trimming!

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#89445 February 10th, 2007 at 02:44 AM
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we have a different type of soil in Cali. the frost level actually penetrated 15 inches in some areas.

cut the boug back until you reach green wood. it is NOT dead.

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wait until after the last chance of frost. that way you will not allow the cold to kill the tender new growth.

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#89446 February 11th, 2007 at 07:20 PM
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thenk-yew, thenk-yew verry much. i'm thinking i need to wait til around memorial day to prune this thing. that's the tradional planting weekend in the midwest. supposedly that's the frost free sign. again, thanks for the info. i actually was just outside looking at it. the new buds are goners, and i was going to start bending the vines to see where the dead ends and green starts. but like i said, i'll wait.


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