Why is my bougainvillea plant suffering?
We just planted two bougainvilleas 4 weeks ago in large pots in our front porch, which faces west in SoCal and gets plenty of sun. The plant was thriving with beautiful flowers but now most of the flowers have fallen, no new ones arising and the leaves look chewed up. We are unsure as to whether we have a bug infestation, if the squirrels are chewing on the plant or if the plant is just sick. Some leaves are still healthy and soft but most are not. We water twice a week. What do we do?!
It's common for flowering plants to stop blooming temporarily when adjusting to a new environment. The leaves are a different issue. You will have to be observant to find out what's damaging the foliage. Squirrels won't normally eat leaves, so i doubt it's that. If you truly think it's being eaten by bugs, rather than just getting tattered by wind, then it wouldn't hurt to spray a general purpose bug killer on the plants. Regarding the watering, instead of going by the calendar, stick your finger in the dirt and see if it needs water. Newly planted bougainvillea shouldn't be allowed to grow completely dry.
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