Save my Bougainvillea!
April 16, 2009 8:54 AM Subscribe
My new Bougainvillea Bonsai has dropped or shriveled almost all its leaves and bracts. Help!
I picked up a Bougainvillea Bonsai recently at my local garden store, hoping that my sunroom would have enough light to support it. It had some new growth when I first got it, which continued to grow in the next few weeks. After a short time the leaves started to curl, and since then they have nearly all dropped or shriveled up, along with the bracts. Can I save it?
I was told that Bougs like to dry out, so I'm pretty sure I have not been overwatering it. I gave it one feeding of 6-8-10 "Bougain" fertilizer, and was worried about it not having enough light, so I've been using two compact florescent lights over it several hours a day. I'm concerned that it might be a temperature issue, as the sunroom has wild fluctuations in temperature throughout the day and we have had several cold nights.
I am by no means a green thumb, so I'm not sure how to evaluate this plant's health or figure out what to do next. Do I need a real grow light? Better temperature? Help me save my plant!