Winter care for frame bougainvilleas
Bougainvillea is one of the most beloved tub plants. A luxurious beauty with inimitable bright and massive inflorescences can become one of the most favorite accents in the design. In order to admire the inimitable flowering of bougainvillea, she needs to provide not only constant care throughout the warm period: in many respects, the success of growing this cadre is determined by the quality of her wintering.
Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea) - a genus of evergreens of the Niktaginovy family (Nocturnal) Distributed in South America.
Bougainvilleas in open soil are grown only in regions with a mild climate: it is not for nothing that this amazing plant with the legendary purple color palette has become a symbol of Mediterranean landscapes. In the middle zone, bougainvillea is cultivated only as a tub culture, which, with the advent of the first frosts, is carried away to the premises for wintering. It is staying in the right conditions during this period that is the main condition for the beauty of this plant and its flowering. Moreover, wintering is a decisive factor for the longevity of bougainvillea, determining its ability to recover next year.
Difficulties in caring for winter bougainvillea
Frame bougainvilleas, due to lack of light, contrast of growing conditions and reduced winter care, usually discard all their bright foliage or only partially retain it in very good light. The plant throughout the winter and early spring is in a state of complete dormancy, giving almost no signs of life. And often, even in the spring, when all the other garden potted and potted plants are already starting to grow, the bougainvillea does not produce young shoots and leaves.
These exotics, which today are considered one of the most common tubal plants, can die during the winter even with the most careful attitude during the rest of the year. And it is far from always the wrong selection of the winter conditions necessary for the plant. The reason for this "loss" of bougainvillea lies in the invisible to the eye, but significant damage to the root system due to either too early termination of irrigation, or waterlogging of the substrate in the pot. In order for Bougainvillea to winter, throughout the cold season, she will need to provide the right care.
The basic rules of wintering bougainvillea
Of course, the basis of the successful wintering of any bougainvillea is the right choice of conditions. Mediterranean beauties for a comfortable rest period need coolness and access to light. Unlike other cultures that drop leaves for the winter, bougainvillea cannot be set in any room that is suitable for temperature: dropping leaves from it depends on the reduction of daylight hours, so the brighter the place, the milder the frame will react to the move.
As for temperature conditions, too cold conditions can lead to the spread of rot along the rhizome and excessive vulnerability to pests and diseases, not to mention damage to flower buds. Bougainvillea must be placed in a place with a temperature of 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. Most often, this beauty is placed on landings, porches, in cold hallways with windows. When kept warm it will not be possible to cause flowering. The bougainvillea room should be ventilated.
Watering Bougainvillea at rest
But the key factor in the death of this plant during the winter is always watering. Bougainvillea needs to be “correctly” transferred to a dormant period, gradually reducing watering, and not abruptly interrupting them. At the same time, if the bougainvillea continues to preserve the leaves even after carrying it, they still reduce the watering: if you maintain the previous care regimes, a cooled and too wet substrate will probably cause root decay and death of the plant. But complete drying out, even if the bougainvillea does not remain leafy, cannot be allowed.
To find the perfect balance individually for each plant, you should carefully monitor it after carrying it into the room. Keep the frequency of watering the same, slightly reducing the amount of water used until the bougainvillea begins to drop the first leaves. As the crown is lost, gradually make watering more rare and scarce (the more leaves fall, the less water the plant needs).
Stop the reduction process as soon as the process of dropping the leaves stops and in the future, adhere to the set frequency. Typically, this practice allows you to find the optimal schedule of procedures between which the soil dries well, but the bougainvillea continues to receive the minimum amount of moisture it needs.