"Faded" Bougainvillea Flowers

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4:08 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #1

- my boogie is tucked up in my sunny back bedroom for the winter. It has been (slowly) growing new leaves and now has a few flowers.
BUT the flowers are about 10 shades lighter than when it flowered in the summer. Instead of being dark vibrant salmon, they are now an insipid peach
Might this indicate a lack of nutrients or is it normal boogie behaviour in the winter? (this is the first winter I've had it)

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4:35 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #2

Has it been tucked up for long?
My guess is it is lack of light that is the problem,plus the fact these flowers are likely to be a bonus caused by moving it to a new environment.
I wouldn't feed it as this could lead to more problems i e. if fed, watered, and kept too warm it will not go dormant, and if it does grow on in bad light it will become a rather sad and weak plant.
All it requires fron now until say March is a temperature 6- 8C (40- 45F) and just kept moist.


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4:43 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #3

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It has been indoors around 3-4 weeks. It's right next to a south facing window in a room that gets quite warm in the afternoon sun but has no central heating turned on.
The only cooler room I could keep it in is north facing and gets very little light in winter.


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5:10 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #4

Er - I think the coloured bracts (the actual flowers are those tiny things in the middle) do fade with age - I seem to remember seeing pale dried-up papery ones on them come autumn.
Trouble is, it's ages since I've actually seen one at this time of year. Now someone has a couple - could it be Wedgie?
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5:36 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #5

I appreciate winter storage can sometimes be a bit of a problem and we have to make do with the facilities we have.
The part I was emphasising was temperature and water and inducing dormancy .
I would suggest indirect light rather than direct light from the window.
Winter sun shining beaming through glass could give extremes of light so I think the room you have it in is ok, but I would just keep it away from direct light
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7:36 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #6

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Day length, or they are the fading flowers. Don't worry about it, will be fine in spring.
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7:46 PM - Nov 27, 2003 #7

Thanks peeps. I will move it away from the window and sing it lullabies to make it go to sleep


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12:14 AM - Nov 28, 2003 #8

As one who relates to humans and plants;
We all result from a pollinated seed will your lullaby keep the baby awake or send it to sleep?
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6:07 AM - Nov 28, 2003 #9

Yes, I have a few bougies Sal. Lack of light for sure will fade the flowers, and unless you have almost greenhouse light throughout the winter in your home, it will probably quit blooming altogether. It is just really like wintering over geraniums. Mine now "bougies", in the cool green house have become deciduous, loosing their leaves and will wake up in the Spring again like the geraniums etc.
Good luck with them, but just think that you are really only harbouring them for their next season of glory.
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8:49 AM - Nov 28, 2003 #10

So there you are Sal, a unanimous (spelling) ? DON'T WORRY.
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9:06 AM - Nov 28, 2003 #11

Hurray. That might be the first time we've had a unanimous opinion about anything on RG
And Scotia, I'm really not sure what you're insinuating there about my singing
but have to say, you're probably right


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