Bougainvillea Cuttings

These are some of the Bougainvillea hardwood large cuttings that I made. Most of the cuttings are relatively big and woody at about 1 to 3 inches in diameter. Because of a limited space in our front yard, I'm aiming to grow and train all the cuttings as shohin and mame bonsai at around 6 to 10 inches tall. Some of the hardwood cuttings that I made specially the really big ones are not yet showing any signs of new growth. Most of these cuttings came from these parent bougainvillea (Bougainvillea Pre-Bonsai 1 and Multiple Trunk Style Bougainvillea) and they are a month old now and growing nice and healthy. I can say that I have a success rate of 70% with all the cuttings that I made.





Some useful tips:
  1. Use a clean cutting tools.
  2. Make the cut clean and parallel to the trunk.
  3. Use some rooting hormone of your choice (optional)
  4. Be sure not to plant your cuttings upside down.
  5. After planting your cuttings to a suitable rooting media of your choice immediately water it and cover your cuttings with a plastic bag to retain moisture. Occasionally check and water if necessary.
  6. Place your cuttings under a shaded area.
  7. When new shoots arise, gradually open the plastic bag by making a small cut every other few days or so before you totally uncover it.
  8. Wear appropriate gloves before working with your cuttings to avoid hurting yourself with those sharp thorns.
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 1
approx. 1.5 in. trunk diameter / 3 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 2
approx. 1 in. trunk diameter / 8 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 3
approx. 1.5 in. trunk diameter / 4 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 4
approx. 1 in. trunk diameter / 3 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 5
approx. 1 in. trunk diameter / 2 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 6
approx. 3.5 in. trunk diameter / 8 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 7
approx. 2 in. trunk diameter / 7 in. tall
Cutting 8
approx. 3 in. trunk diameter / 2.5 in. tall
Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 9
approx. 1.5 in. trunk diameter / 4 in. tall 


Bougainvillea Bonsai Cuttings
Cutting 10
Approx 3 in trunk diameter


4 comments:

Thanks for your nice tips.Tree Care provides a very well service for dangerous tree removal.

Hi Sudip, actually I didn't use any rooting hormone with these cuttings. Using rooting hormone enhances and speeds up root growth. Just apply an adequate amount in your cuttings.

Bonsai plants are some of the most beautiful plants! My roommate actually has a huge one. She was mentioning that she needed to get it trimmed, but didn't know exactly how. Maybe these tips will be exactly what she needs, thanks!
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