One of the important tasks I had to do to get ready for the
holiday was clean up our giant Bougainvillea.
When we moved in, we noticed this plant peeking under our fence.
On the outside of the fence they keep it trimmed back so often it can barely
bloom. We decided to coax it over to our side.
It is now in a huge arch over our fence and it is
constantly covered in blooms.
I think it appreciates the chance to grow.
Rather than trim it, I tuck the new growth in and tie it so it goes in the
direction we want it to. I do this about once a month which is just often
enough that the new growth has not quite wooded over yet so I can
still train it to go where I want without breaking it.
My wife fed it with a high phosphorus fertilizer (10-50-10)
one time that is supposed to promote blooms, and it really worked!