Views: 2700, Replies: 1 » Jump to the end. Bougainvillea is susceptible to fungal and bacterial leaf spot. The hooks also are effective deterrents if one is growing this plant as a security hedge. These bees are beneficial pollinators & we need them. Native to Brazil. Bougainvillea is known for its colorful display of flowers, or bracts. Because of the root sensitivity issue, it is recommended to only repot bougainvilleas when they really need to be repotted, which is when the roots are so root-bound that there is very little soil left in the pot. When putting in pots, be sure there is not too much, if any, peat in the soil or rewetting the soil should it dry out can become an undertaking (peat soils shrink away from sides of the pot so water will just pass down and out the hole leaving the center soil dry and roots very thirsty). The leaftier caterpillar. The pests I’m familiar with that attack bougies are in the post. Here’s what the bougainvillea looper looks like; basically a small green inchworm. Thanks! Typically, you will see the best display of blooms followi… Heat is also essential, though it seems to be able to handle, and even excel in climates with extreme heat as long as it gets watered well in them. Is this something you have seen? Your bougainvillea has responded to its change in location and associated environmental conditions in this manner. left showing Bougainvillea growing over a fence; right is some growing over a wall and carefull pruned into a living wall, 'free form' growing of vine on left and more structured training of vines in artistic sculpture (Getty Museum, Los Angeles), left shows carefully pruned vines shaped to look like a tree (but with multiple trunks); Center and right show small scale espaliers in Los Angeles, left is a massive vine growing over forty feet tall on a Cedar deodora; right is a shorter shrub taking over preexisting foliage. Do you know a BT spray by name ? This is my first year with this plant absolutely love it. In hot, arid climates, it may not flower well during the midsummer seasons, perhaps due to low humidity, or decreased water available to the roots. Bougainvilleas are grown primarily for their amazing and brilliantly colored carpals. They were selected by bougainvillea expert Jan Iredell. I had 2 bougainvilleas in my Santa Barbara garden and 4 here in Tucson. Bougainvillea spectabilis is a tropical perennial shrubby vine grown as an annual or container plant and makes an excellent addition to a pool or patio space. © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands You rarely see the leafcutter bee itself because it does its thing & then is gone. Bougainvillea is a tropical vining shrub that comes in a wide array of bright and fanciful colors. There were 5 doves sitting round the tub eating the leaves. Messages 286 Reaction score 388 USDA Zone 5b May 26, 2019 #1 I have a pixie bougainvillea that has been indoors all winter but receiving natural light from south facing windows. Head’s up: Those black droppings are a sign caterpillars are in the house! I live in Cape Town, South Africa. Where it grows . The showy paper-like structures are a modified leaf called a bract. Most chemical & “safe” sprays don’t work on caterpillars. BT is a naturally occurring bacteria which makes the caterpillars sick & ultimately causes them to die. Evidence of leaf cutter bees. However, small brown spots are showing up on the leaves and some are beginning to drop. In colder areas it makes a good potted plant and can be brought indoors in colder months. Nell. In pots, this plant is a bit more touchy and will dry out beyond the point of no return if one is not diligent about watering in dry, hot seasons. Thank you for putting this wonderful and informative blog together! Hi Fortune – You could try your local ag extension office & seek their help as to what’s going on with your bougainvillea & date palm. I just moved it outside 2 days ago. White flowering bougainvillea is a popular choice for coastal or Hamptons-style gardens. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong or how to get my bougie looking healthier. Bougainvillea plants are lovers of sunlight and need full daily exposure in order to thrive. All the damage is cosmetic. When the bougainvillea drops its leaves, you might be watering too much, too little or not giving it enough light. I’m not talking little nibbles here and there but some serious feasting. Leaves are thinner and narrower, almost lancelote. Bougainvillea and Loss of Leaves Even in Summer. I sent images of the Leaftier (before know what it is) to the LA County Dept. Evergreen in frost-free areas; use as a summer annual in cooler northern zones. However, if a young plant has been raised in a warm, humid climate or a greenhouse, bougainvillea flower drop can happen even in Zone 9. The bougainvillea looper is the most common. http://cesandiego.ucanr.edu/ Nell, Hello Nell, I live in Playa del Carmen, (south of Cancun, Mexico). Regards, The green leaves look normal. Required fields are marked *. The bracts are the real showstoppers and come in shades of red, purple, magenta, hot pink, light pink, orange, apricot and white. I have all this new leafage and I am afraid they’re going to destroy my plants completely. The bracts are a pure white and the plant has a beautiful cascading habit making it ideal for hanging baskets or to cascade down over an embankment. This thicket-forming behavior also makes bougainvillea hedges a great place to house all sorts of unwanted pets from rats and mice to pigeons and starlings. Scale insects or mealybugs are plant parasites, commonly found in household gardens. Thank you Joan! Bougainvilla bonsais. I use ... read more, Our neighbors had peacocks when I was growing up. | Quote | Post #1413022 (1) Name: Lin Vosbury Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a) plantladylin Apr 12, 2017 3:51 PM CST. The small-growing hybrid Bambino series has obtained a well-earned reputation as a high-quality plant, giving bougainvilleas a new place in small gardens. Is there some insect that attacks the woody stems? help: Answer from NGA June 22, 2009. Bougainvillea buttiana is a hybrid of Bougainvillea glabra and Bougainvillea peruviana. Nell. good growth on it. Bougainvillea plants need support to cover a wall, fence, or other area. Most Bougainvilleas grown in cultivation are cultivars/hybrids of two of the three primary species available in cultivation. Don't let these roots dry out too long! My Rainbow Gold Bougainvillea got good & chewed last season but came back beautifully. It is not recommended on use a water basin under potted bougainvilleas for this reason. Tropical pink bougainvillea flowers with green leaves. Looks like they have been cut. In most areas it is an evergreen, but in marginal climates it may be deciduous. Thank you for this info! These thorns come in handy when growing bougainvillea as a fence hedge, allowing the vines to hook themselves onto chainlink, brick, iron etc. Hi Lolis – Yes, lots of butterflies this year which I’m thoroughly enjoying. have small white spots on the leaves. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a9d7342b30696ca1cbe81cf537bdb65f" );document.getElementById("e6f1378488").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Hi, I’m Nell, and this is where I celebrate all things garden and share my passion for plants, flowers and the great outdoors. During the course of the blossoming period, the colours will fade successively and turn into a rosy tone. This is an evergreen shrubby vine, popular for its long-lasting, colorful flower bracts which appear periodically throughout most of the year. There is water available for them. The thorns of most species and hybrids are hooked so that they usually grab hold of moving objects either on the way in or out of the vines. Here’s the damage done to the ends of the stems by the leaftier. help: Answer from NGA June 22, 2009. Bougainvillea White Bougainvillea. Toggle SlidingBar Area Call Us Today 1-787-837-9077 or email us now! Collect and dispose of fallen leaves. The damage done by caterpillars can vary a bit but the treatment is generally the same. The looper is much harder to find so this would be extremely labor intensive. spines on young plant (before they become hook-shaped) left and center photos; somewhat more hooked mature spines right photo, Building on left has very old bougainvillea vines growing on and INTO building, requiring eventual removal. It also tends to have a ‘down' time in winters when it may not flower at all or as well as it does the rest of the year. Hopefully, this will help: 3 Possible Pests Are the Culprits Leaf Cutter Bee. Grasshoppers can also attack bougainvilleas & voraciously devour leaves & flowers. Often you don’t see a pest, only the effects. I've got a bougainvillea that was planted about 3 mnths ago. As I say in the post, any BT spray works on them. Ask a Question forum: Bougainvillea turning white. The green leaves look normal. Susan says. The bougainvillea will become defoliated in the most severe cases. They’re inch worms & can be brown to green to yellow. I have lots of doves around my house here in the Arizona desert & none of them eat my bougainvilleas. The next 2 pests are caterpillars which mean they eat like crazy. Your cost for the products will be no higher but Joy Us garden receives a small commission. Nell, I saw them Dora & answered your previous comment. Things You Need To Know About Bougainvillea Plant Care, Bougainvillea Pruning Tips: Everything You Need To Know, Pruning Bougainvillea In Summer To Encourage More Bloom, https://www.joyusgarden.com/category/outdoor-gardening/bougainvillea/, Bougainvillea Plant Care: Everything You Need to Know, Bougainvillea Secrets: Sharing All I Know About This Colorful Plant, Bougainvillea Care: Growing Tips for this Flowering Machine. Plants go dormant in summer. By the way, none of my other plants have been attacked by these pests. Because of this, many growers choose to move their potted bougainvillea outdoors during the summer months in order to ensure it gets enough rays. orlando, Fl. I’ll tell and show you what it might be so you can identify the pest and take action. Be sure to spray where the caterpillars to make it effective. This may be Colletotrichum leaf spot, a fungal disease. I’d check at a reputable nursery & see if there’s another pest specifically to your area which could be attacking them. You can see the webbing, like threads of silk, on the leaf behind the caterpillar which I unrolled. Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea spp. Symptoms: The smaller, unhatched scale insects can be observed on the underside of some leaves, covered in a waxy coating. I haven’t heard that about the white bougainvilleas. This 1 is very easy to identify because you’ll see large even chomps, like half-moons, taken out of the sides of the foliage. Nell. Please let us know if you have. The reddish-brown spots that appear on leaves usually begin with new foliage and spread to give the bougainvillea … On the other hand, a young plant could be susceptible to a bad infestation. One of the most elegant bougainvilleas, featuring clusters of clear white flower-like bracts against pleasing green and white variegated foliage. Slightly wavy, white to magenta floral bracts, 4-6cm long, are borne mainly from summer to autumn. Bougainvillea loves the heat and is an extremely drought tolerant plant once established. Even though both of these sprays are reported to be non-harmful to beneficial insects, please be sure to spray around dusk when they aren’t as active. They are heavy bloomers throughout Spring an photo upper left DaleTheGardener. Rest assured, you don't have to let the plant get that big! The actual origins or species mixes that have been used to create today's cultivated hybrids is often unclear, so most hybrids are not assigned species names. This type of bougainvillea sports a few colors for its bracts – magenta-rose, pink or purple. Image of green, purple, blossom - 36855991 Nell, Hi Victoria – BT is an ingredient (Bacillus thuringiensis) so they are different brands that contain it. Many thanks !!!! Question by bmarin9 June 22, 2009. These plants put on a spectacular show of color in spring on their fresh new growth. The other product would be neem oil. With a 30-10-10 fertilizer, the nitrogen is too high is ratio for a bougie. Guaranteed Satisfaction Free Shipping On Orders Over $40. Mealybugs appear most often on the stems and leaves of a plant, identifiable by the fuzzy, white mass they create as they group together. This book and bouganvilleas usually Bloom so radiant Li, Hi, orlando, Fl. Its demands for very bright light keep it from surviving indoors, in addition to most species being heavily thorned. White Spots On Bougainvillea - Knowledgebase Question. This post may contain affiliate links. They come hand in hand with the plant! Bract colors not normally encountered in nature. Height 5-8m. If it freezes and gets badly damaged, but the roots survive, it may regrow year after year. 0. Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp. Help? your own Pins on Pinterest When the bougainvillea drops its leaves, you might be watering too much, too little or not giving it enough light. My bougainvilleas have them this year but not as bad as last year. Bougainvillea's vibrant colors come not from its small, inconspicuous true flowers, but from the three large bracts that surround them. I would very much appreciate your answer, on line or by e-mail. Any additional help you can give me would be greatly appreciated thank you! It has green oval leaves and small white yellowish flower about the size of 1-2mm. Something eating my bougainvillea leaves! This is my first year with this plant absolutely love it. Back to the top Generally, bougainvillea plants are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 and above. They protect by getting on the under the leaves, rolling themselves up & then closing the leaves with silk threads. Dozens of creatures were discovered to be living in these dense shrubs. Nell, Hi – I don’t use chemical pesticides so can’t recommend any. I have been told, the white variety has a bigger issue with caterpillars than other colors. Get 1 Free Product Today All India Delivery Lowest prices. Bougainvillea's vibrant colors come not from its small, inconspicuous true flowers, but from the three large bracts that surround them. The plant likes a lot of sun and won't bloom without it. Nell. This is anything but an all-inclusive list, but it gives the reader some idea of the variety of colors and what is available, Bougainvillea 'After Glow' (left photo htop) Bougainvillea 'Alexandra' (center photo kniphofia) Bougainvillea 'Bambino Baby Allison' (right photo Kell), Bougainvillea 'Bambino Baby Lauren' (left photo Kell) Bougainvillea 'Bambino Baby Victoria (center photo Kell) Bougainvillea 'Bambino Majik' (right photo brical1), Bougainvillea 'California Gold' (left photo Kell) Bougainvillea 'Cherry Blossom' (center photo Kell) Bougainvillea 'Coconut Ice' (right photo htop), Bougainvillea 'Gold Rush' (left photo Kell) Bougainvilea 'Imperial Delight' (center photo Cambrium) Bougainvillea "Jamaica White' (right photo Kell), Bougainvillea 'Key West White' (left photo artcons); Bougainvillea 'Ms Alice' (center photo IslandJim); Bougainvillea 'Orange King' (right photo Xenomorf), Bougainvillea 'Orange Ice' (left and center) Bougainvillea 'Pink Pearl' (right photo Kell), Bougainvillea 'Purple Robe' left (all photos Kell) Bougainvillea 'Raspberry Ice' Bougainvillea 'Rosea', Bougainvillea 'Rosenka' (left photo Kell) Bougainvillea 'Silhouette' (center photo brical1) Bougainvillea 'Thai Delight' (photo Kell), Bougainvillea 'Torch Glo' is a miniature species, reluctant to vine, in which the carpals and flowers form in clusters along the branches (right photo KactusKathi), Bougainvillea 'White Madonna' (photo by Kell), For more on growing bromeliads and information about available hybrids, see http://www.bgi-usa.com/, Read articles about: Bougainvillea, Tropicals, Vines. Buy Bougainvillea Variegated (Pink and White Flower) - Plant and 6000+ more gardening products online. Obviously any cultivated plants with bract colors other than red or purple are hybrids as none of the above species come in those colors. Bougainvillea: White Flower, Red Leaves. The actual flower is small and insignificant, it is the colorful bracts, or modified leaves, which can be seen in all shades of pink, purple, and red that attract attention. The bracts can be seen in all shades of pink and purple, and also red, yellow, white, salmon and orange. If you choose to control them with a spray, my word of advise would be to do it early on before the infestation gets worse. Lorraine – It’s most likely the leaf cutter bee. I’ve never seen the looper cause leaf curl – please let us know otherwise if you have. Great information. These tropical plants have showy flowers and evergreen leaves, which make them an attractive choice for landscaping projects in tropical and semitropical climates. White Spots On Bougainvillea - Knowledgebase Question. Unfortunately these spines make trimming and hauling away cut branches a bit of a task, and I have the wounds to prove it. They are thorny, evergreen, and are popular for their large, colorful “blooms,” which are produced most profusely in summer. 09/02/2017. Hi Nell! Hello Neil Fallen bougainvillea leaves on a stone floor. Do not overpot this one, or you may risk root rot. ), also called paper flower, is a group of flowering plant species native to South America. Photo about Bougainvillea white flowers and green leaves. Bougainvillea is best suited to a hot, dry climate and should be watered deeply but allowed to dry out between waterings. It’s quite common so someone at HD will be able to help you find it. Is this anything to be … The full-size varieties get very large. have small white spots on the leaves. I fertilize it about every week (12-55-6) and it is blooming well though not profusely. The other one we bought it from a nursery.. Its “flowers” are mixed and white color.. But… the green leaves are showing signs of a pest… Unchecked it can do quite a bit of damage to structures by growing into cracks and crevices dislodging roofing tiles or other structures. Bougainvillea Plants for Sale - Large Selection of Vibrant Colors - Satisfaction Guaranteed - FREE Shipping - Buy NOW - The best flowers start here! Obviously I have caterpillars I guess… I am on the 8th floor and I have two beautiful Bouganvilleas (Spelling…) in pots… I’ve never noticed this so bad before You can read our policies here. Mealybugs feed off of new growth, eventually damaging the leaves and causing them to yellow and die. One of the most elegant bougainvilleas, featuring clusters of clear white flower-like bracts against pleasing green and white variegated foliage. Dora S. Hi Dora – I’ve been to Playa del Carmen years ago. Tour | Many plants, especially many of our tropical houseplants will respond to a drastic change in environment by dropping their leaves. Root sensitivity can be a problem so as little damage or fiddling with roots when repotting or planting the better (root pruning is NOT recommened). 09/12/2016 at 1:21 pm. or would birds be shredding the vines for any other reason? There is much debris, shredded parts of stems Now the same damage is happening to the top fronds on a huge date palm i planted from seed 25 yrs ago, eating out the central channel of the leaves, It is destroying top of the tree and i fear will kill the tree if it tops it off by killing new fronds. Hi, I have sent you a picture of my Bouganville’s infested leaves.. thank you… They’re relatively easy to maintain except for the pruning which I happen to enjoy (yes, it’s true!) 0. Bougainvillea is among the fastest growing plants. Thorns are said to be short, thin and curved. The ... read more. I just let my bougainvilleas be & the caterpillars have left. Dora Sohnlein. Native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of Central and South America but now cultivated in warm climes the world over. Bougainvillea plants are delightful showpieces that boast small white flowers surrounded by brilliantly colored bracts. Like something’s been chomping and munching away? Perhaps this fertilization suggestions pertains more to potted plants, or plants grown in very sterile depleted soils. If you’re thinking of planting a bougainvillea in your garden, be sure to allow plenty of room for it to spread and grow. I noticed in the top photo on this post you have something that looks similar, same colors and curled leaves, though my leaves are more curled. Nell. Any comments, The bracts surround the actual flowers that are tiny and white. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden.com Terms of Use, Rules, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy. The plants thrive in USDA hardiness zone 10-11, and will also grow in zone 9 with adequate protection. Vibrantly colored bracts of Bougainvillea brighten warm greenhouses and conservatory borders during the summer. Growing Bougainvillea in Gardens. of Agriculture and they couldn’t identify it and suggested it was a juvenile looper, which is definitely not true and has entirely different shape and locomotion. This is much easier to do with the leaftier as you can find them covered in silk inside the rolled up leaves during the day. Another cause of leaf drop, one easy to diagnose, is exposure to cold. The climbing vines are anchored with sharp thorns rather than coiled tendrils. 'Gold Rush' (Bougainvillea ‘Gold Rush’) Bring a little golden glow to your garden by planting this … pink and orange, as well as white and some bicolored varieties are available. White Cascade is a moderate grower and flowers nearly all year round creating quite a show when it is in peak flowering. The long, hardy vines sprout bright green leaves and brilliant, bracts or flowers of orange, pink, red or purple. We got one five days ago and replanted it in a bigger pot. The bracts, often called “false flowers,” are what attract pollinators to the true flowers hidden within their brightly colored backdrop. exd3558 Apr 12, 2017 3:37 PM CST. Nell. The long, hardy vines sprout bright green leaves and brilliant, bracts or flowers of orange, pink, red or purple. Bambino bougainvilleas. Jean Strachan, Hi John – Sure, that would be great. Question by bmarin9 June 22, 2009. It is unusual in that its inconspicuous flowers arise from brightly coloured, long-lasting bracts (specialized leaves subtending flowers) arranged in groups of three to resemble a flower. Thread starter Lorax7; Start date May 26, 2019; L. Lorax7 Shohin. After the caterpillars have gone, you can unroll a leaf & still see evidence of the threads on the undersides. Prevention is the best course of action. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden.com. Sounds like you have a bougainvillea. Also, the vines are quite long and droop, though this is the way it came. In warm climates, a bougainvillea plant can be grown as a vine or groundcover, in cool areas it's a great container plant. Heaviest bloom comes during the cooler months of spring and fall, when days and nights are nearly equal in length. I have beautiful white bougainvilleas in my south Florida yard. This plant does not vine but actually forms a real tree trunk (solitary) and tends to have only varieties with lavender bracts. Generally, bougainvillea plants are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 and above. The damage is on going for years and extensive. Few unwanted guests will hazard a climb through a dense hedge of this vicious vine. Do Not Sell My Personal Information] Other Reasons Flowers Fall off Bougainvillea. There are many good reasons why it is becoming increasingly difficult to encounter a landscape in Arizona that doesn’t include at least one of these lush, tropical shrubs. I’ve noticed that these pests don’t seem to attack the flowers and that’s a very good thing. Inspect your bougainvillea daily for the presence of insect pests, which may be mature bugs or their larvae, or caterpillars. If you spray, be sure to get the undersides of the leaves. Some have green/white leaves & some green/yellowish leaves. Bracts: Leaves, Petals, or Something Else. The loopers are hard to spot because they hang out under the leaves & do their feeding at night. When growing this one next to a building, it is best to trim it back away from the structure now and then. a drought. They’re looking much better now that the temps have dropped to the 90’s! ), tropical evergreen woody vines native to South America, are thorny plants best known for their colorful blooms. The leaves of some hybrids are beautifully variegated making these forms even more spectacular. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. Some of the leaves are now turning whitish. Nell. I think I have a rosenka (it wasn’t labeled). Could be because it gets more hot sun. One is doing fantastic, growing up from a small branch with roots I found when walking.Lucky me. I’ve fed it orchid food 30-10-10 a couple of times in the past 6 weeks. dry. Left is plant getting out of control in my yard and starting to lift away the trellis behind it. Of course, we have warm to very hot wheater, I have 2 Santa Rita plants, in large pots in the balcony, 4 flr… These are the 2 which I have seen on my bougainvilleas & have experience with: I didn’t see these on my bougies in Santa Barbara either. Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers.Bougainvillea are relatively pest-free plants, but they may suffer from worms, snails and aphids. Sounds like you have a bougainvillea. This is Grenada's national flower. Reapply if the caterpillars return. The leaves have a 0.3 to 1 centimeter long stem. At the moment we are going through When I worked at a nursery, this is what we always recommended to control caterpillars. Thanks to your post now I know what I am dealing with. The strong vine-like habit provides quick cover and a beautiful show throughout the warm season. And yes, caterpillar excrement has it’s own word. I had been seeing this plant growing along the road ... read more, I have literal swarms of honey bees yearly. Fertilization should be often, though I hardly ever fertilize any of my Bougainvillea and there never seems to be a lack of flowering or growing. Plants go dormant in summer. Flower: White (may have light pink edges) Grows as a bush or on trellis; Periodic dense blooms contrast beautifully with the bright green foliage; Vigorous grower and a popular ornamental plant that loves our warm climate; Very tough and versatile with many uses in … This amazing colorful vine is grown extensively as a landscaping shrub and potted plant throughout much of the tropics and the warm temperate and subtropics throughout the world. Contact Us | I ordered the BT for the caterpillars from you Amazon link- thank you so much. Provide the plant with excellent air circulation and avoid wetting the foliage when watering. Close-up Of Bougainvillea And Leaves Against White Background. Look carefully at all leaf surfaces, above and below, and examine the tender new growth. I’ve done lots of posts which you can check here: https://www.joyusgarden.com/category/outdoor-gardening/bougainvillea/ Nell, […] What is Eating my Bougainvillea Leaves? The thorns make chasing predators into a bromeliad thicket a risky exercise. Climates with lots of sun seem to produce the best looking plants so climates with huge amounts of rainfall may not support as much dazzling color as is seen in the drier, sunnier subtropical climates of the world. Something is killing my huge bougainvilleas by destroying the woody stems, Not any wildlife like deer here in san diego city, There are various birds rousing in the vines like sparrow finch and doves, I have never seen the birds pecking the vines and no leaf damage, Have wondered it possibly insects in or on the stems that cause birds to peck them? Fruits and Vegetables. All caterpillars (not only this one) eat & poop like crazy so the little black specks you’ll see on the leaves is their frass. Media Kit | The leaf blade is ovate to ovate-lanceolate, pointed or briefly pointed, 5 to 13 centimeters long and 3 to 6 centimeters wide, sparsely fluffy hairy on the underside and bald on the top. Bougainvillea glabra White is strong-growing, evergreen climber with elliptic, semi-glossy, mid-to deep green leaves, to 13cm long. Magnifica. Thank you Roxane. come across this before. […], […] What Is Eating My Bougainvillea Leaves? I've got a bougainvillea that was planted about 3 mnths ago. ‘Sanderiana’ see ‘Variegata’. In the video, you can see the damage done to my mint by the cabbage looper. Caterpillars; namely the Bougainvillea Looper Caterpillar. Salt tolerance of this species is good, so it is a great vine for growing near the beach. With this in mind, choose a spot against a warm, protected wall where you want to add a BIG splash of color. It prefers moderately fertile, organically rich soil that retains moisture but is not soggy. The "flowers" are actually modified leaves, called bracts, that are long-lasting and bright. These are the most common chewing pests which attack bougainvilleas that I know of. Bougainvillea are thorny, evergreen summer bloomers, but their orange, yellow, crimson or purple flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts. Is it OK to spray again? To start growing bougainvillea in gardens, you’ll need to live somewhere warm; otherwise, container growing of bougainvillea is recommended. There are a few pests which attack them that I’ve skimmed over in previous bougainvillea posts and videos – so it’s time for more details. There are so many different types of caterpillars & they’re all hungry critters. 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