Thats good to hear, the leaves curling like that is a sign that its getting ready to flower then?It's coloring -up. That means it is getting ready for The Big Show! Keep watching at the terminals for clusters of tiny buds along a tiny stem that are the flowering buds, pretty soon (in weeks). The color of the edges you see foreshadows the bloom color: red means violet or red, lighter colors like lighter green or yellowish would mean a yellow or orange, etc. The darker the edges, the more intense the flower color. Lots of sun and water and ferts at label strength. Keep the flowers dry and deadheaded to last longer.
My friend in Florida doesn't have curling foliage on any of her Bougainvillea. She has a slew on bougainvillea bonsai.NICE!
I’ve experienced this curling on the youngest of my chutes.. right before “christmas-time bloom”.. But none of the other bloom times.
Also It’s worth noting, for comparison, that during that “Christmas-time bloom”, any chutes originating from older, more mature wood.. did NOT do that “curl slightly before” ..thing.
I’m curious about this now.
Leaf curl is listed in disease/pest for Bougainvillea. I had never heard it was for blooming. Even root issues can bring leaf curl. So this honestly the first time in my years in the hobby...ever to hear it related to blooming.I’m so fascinated.. it’s unbelievable!!
I will be watching more closely this winter.
I think it’s strange that it only happened to mine during the coldest bloom.... but that WAS before I figured out my indoor environment....Leaf curl is listed in disease/pest for Bougainvillea. I had never heard it was for blooming. Even root issues can bring leaf curl. So this honestly the first time in my years in the hobby...ever to hear it related to blooming.
So for sure interesting to see more than one claim it was signs of blooming. For Ume...yes...leaf curl is known sign for blooms to come. Never heard that for Bougainvillea. Ever...until now.
I did repot mine a few weeks back? I think. Didnt touch the roots to much tho, just knocked away some soil and repotted. However it bounced back quite well. How do I identify nematoads in the soil?Image of Bougainvillea with leaf curl. I will Say the posters tree looks over all healthy above in original post. I would not go and repot this tree anytime with cold as a night factor.
Sharing for knowledge shared on this topic elsewhere.
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I copied and pasted Adam Lavigne's thoughts on it. For a possible perspective.
Well, except for the curling the leaves look ok. The pink is just from new growth. It's a chemical that acts as sunscreen for the new leaves.
So the next step is to look at the roots for nematodes. If you're watering enough and all other bugs, disease, and nutritional issues have been looked at, but the leaves still look stressed, that's your culprit, usually.
Nematodes are microscopic...I'm assuming by damage left behind? I believe in chojubai gall is a sign of them. Assuming the same...for Bougainvillea. But asked Adam to be certain. I've not dealt with them in my pot.I did repot mine a few weeks back? I think. Didnt touch the roots to much tho, just knocked away some soil and repotted. However it bounced back quite well. How do I identify nematoads in the soil?
I sent the photo to Adam Lavigne. I'm well aware my species is different. But he has much knowledge on bougainvillea. Curious his take...will share as soon as I get the info.There may be a pest/disease with leaf curl as a symptom, but this ain't it. Keep in mind that Boogies are a genus that includes 4 to 18 species depending upon who you ask. Pink Pixie has a small thick leaf which (to my way of thinking) may be a tetraploid and the leaves don't vary a lot, they are very uniform. They also don't color up much and inasmuch as the flower is a neutral pink, the color change in the edges would be modest because the flower is in-between dark violet/red and white. The more intense the flower color, the more the coloring-up is reflected in that intensity of color. So, since there are a lot of species it's not unusual that the different varieties look different. There's lots of differences in leaf size and shape, too. When the variegated with a white edge color-up they are most beautiful with three colors.
He did say...gall isn't a sign. So he asked for a photo. Waiting to hear back from him. He knows bougainvillea.I did repot mine a few weeks back? I think. Didnt touch the roots to much tho, just knocked away some soil and repotted. However it bounced back quite well. How do I identify nematoads in the soil?