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Bougainvillea flowering with triacontanol in a cold climate.

 

 

Bougainvillea can now be made to flower indoors even in a cold UK climate. Triaboost products will produce flowering shoots in Bougainvillea plants, even when conditions are not optimal. It is a remarkably easy way to initiate flowering shoots. See details below.

 

A new way to make pot plant Bougainvillea flower for the glasshouse grower, or in the sunny home conservatory. The application of Triplantanol products can significantly extend the flowering season. Make Bougainvillea flower in the UK.

  • Grow Bougainvillea and flower them easily in a cold climate.

  • Induce good growth and flowers with Triaboost treatments.

  • Harness the power of triacontanol PGR to make flower buds.

  • Read the science behind this method.

  • Grow like the commercial growers.

  • 2013 University Research supports use of triacontanol

 

Bougainvillea Rasberry Ice fed with a triacontanol mix for more flowers

Bougainvillea Rasberry Ice showing abundant flowering after Triaboost feeding and spraying. Here is a home grown plant flowering in a cool east facing conservatory in the UK. The plant was grown from a cutting and is now only 18 months old. Note all of the upper stems have flowers open and most of the lower stems have flowers of flower buds.

 

Applications of Triaboost foliage spray or pot watering can make Bougainvillea plants flower within a few weeks providing the plants are sufficiently healthy, mature enough and are actively growing. It would also be suggested that temperature be maintained above 16degC minimum for a flowering program.


For scientific published evidence on and triacontanol and Bougainvillea ...see below

"It can be concluded that the foliar spray of triacontanol stimulates growth, enhances flowering, and improves the quality of potted Bougainvillea plants"

 

"Triacontanol treatments also stimulated flowering and increased the number and quality of flowers"


bougainvillea with triaboost  plant growth regulator Bougainvillea Limberlost Beauty. This lovely white double usually flowers white in the shade or low light. Over time it will develop pink hints to the flowers as they fade. In brighter light it is usually far more pink from an earlier flowering.


 

 

 

Bougainvillea Limberlost Beauty. (syn. Bridal Bouquet)

Here a white double Bougainvillea has been treated to a Triaboost feeding and spray regime.

The flowering is abundant. The plant has been grown in a cool east facing conservatory in the UK.

The flowering of Bougainvillea in the UK is always challenging and sometimes impossible for the ordinary hobbyist grower.

The effect of the powerful PGR triacontanol has been formulated into an easy to use regime with the use of Triaboost products

 

 

 

 

 

How to flower Bougainvillea.

The number of varieties of Bougainvillea is now extensive. It is suggested you obtain a plant from a nursery that specialise in these plants. You then will be able to obtain a good value plant and choose what varieties you like best.

It is always good to seek the advise of the knowledgeable nursery owners on the best plants to choose. Some varieties are more free flowering than others. Bougainvillea nurseries often have good information resources on their websites. They should be able to advise on cultivation.

Bougainvillea plants flower best when actively growing. They are sunshine lovers and also thrive when temperatures are at 18degC or above. Aim for this if possible. Large plants can be pruned when needed. Follow standard growing advice as per the many Bougainvillea websites on the internet.

Grow your plant is a sunny position and aim for 5 hrs sunshine minimum for flowering. Soil pH 5.5 - 6.0. Use a well drained potting mix. Plants can be grown in peat or coir mixes. Avoid peat if waterlogging may be a problem. They will also grow in soil but ensure it is a light soil with excellent drainage.

Many growers will suggest you grow your plants on the dry side. It seems allowing the plants to 'look for their water' helps with bud formation. Simply watch your plant leaves and allow some loss of leaf turgor. (Allow the leaves to very slightly droop, without showing stress). Then water with Triaboost products as below. If you dehydrate your plants too much they can loose leaves. Try to avoid this reason for leaf loss. When your plants have formed flower buds, now ensure there is always an adequate supply of water and nutrients to help the development of flower buds and shoots.

When your plant has reached flowering size feed it with a good high K fertiliser. Some varieties of Bougainvillea require over 20 internodes before flowers are produced. Though not all. This is one of the reasons why plants grown in pots are often grown round hoops, rings or around frames.

After summer flowering, plants are often pruned to encourage new shoot sprouting for the Spring and summer months ahead.

Home Growers and Triaboost

To make Triaboost products effective you need to ensure your plants are of flowering size. Provide growing conditions to encourage active growth. Pay attention to sunshine hours per day. Aim for 5 hrs minimum. Also ensure that the plants are grown at 18degC minimum. It is often beneficial to pinch back your plant to create a framework of shoots and growth buds. These new shoots are where the flower buds will form in the weeks ahead as your plants grow to flowering.

For encouraging your plants to flower a two part program needs to be adopted with both Triaboost and Triaboost Micro Spray

First feed a liquid high K tomato fertiliser + Triaboost. At the same time start a foliage feeding regime with Triaboost Micro Spray. This will ensure the formation of flower buds in the weeks ahead. Provided that your bougainvillea plant is actively growing.

Triaboost

Application of fertiliser should be as per standard dilutions. Water the potting media 1-3 times a week according to need. Repeat for up to 6 weeks feeding. Use this feeding regime every time your plant needs water. You can then return to standard watering and Triaboost feeding as required according to growth of your plants. Expect to seed good flower bud development.

Triaboost Micro Spray

This foliage spray should be applied from your pressure sprayer. Remember to shake the sprayer resevoir before each spraying. Spray your plants for 4-6 weeks. Ensure good foliage coverage and spray to foliage wet down 4-6 times per week. Any extra spraying with TMS will not have any detrimental effect.

If you follow this program you should expect to see flower buds form on growing plants. Continue with this program until you have a good number of buds covering your plant. Then you can resume normal feeding and water.

Commercial Growers and Triaboost.

Commercial growers of Bougainvillea are recommended to adopt a different approach because of the economics of large volume plant production.

The greatest advantage to you, is the relative ease with which Triaboost can be incorporated into your existing plant production program. It provides access to the powerful chemical triacontanol and additional mico nutrients. These together will help increase plant growth and flower production for an improved flowering plant.

Flowering Pot Plant production.

Rooted cuttings should be moved to their final flowering pots and become established. Supplemental lighting or natural lighting of at least 4000fc. These are Short Day flowering plants, though this can be influenced by temperature. Drought can be used to stimulate flowering according to schedules.

As plants require new shoots to produce flowers the aim is to encourage multiple shoots. Grow plants with a high nitrogen and high phosphate fertiliser at 150-300ppm. Incorporate Triaboost into a foliar feed program.

Triaboost

Triaboost x 1 tube (10ml) per 360-540 litres foliar feed.

USA Customers can dilute at Triaboost x 1 tube (10ml) per 94-142 US Gallons foliar feed.

Foliar spray your plants 1-3 times a week, to wet down, according to need and continue this for up to 6 weeks or until sufficient flower buds have formed.

Each grower or nursery should work out what suits their local set up best as growing environments are widely variable according to conditions.

Providing the right environment for Bougainvillea flower buds to form goes a long way to optimizing the effect of Triaboost. Incorporation of Triaboost into the production schedule should be easy to achieve with an economic return in increased flower production on your plants.

There should be no need to use Paclobutrazol products. These dwarfing chemical and gibberellin antagonists work by slowing down plant growth and dwarfing it. This is fundamentally unlike the action of triacontanol products.

As with all plant growth regulator products, care should be taken to test the Triaboost out on a small sample of plants before adoption widely in the nursery


The Science behind the use of triacontanol for Bougainvillea cultivation

It is quite clear from published University research in 2013 that triacontanol can be used to make Bougainvillea plants flower quicker and more abundantly. It also improves the growth of these plants.

Research in Malaya also suggested using triacontanol at very low concentrations. This approach can be adopted but we would suggest a higher rate of use of triacontanol as per our Triaboost products will likely produce beneficial results.

Triaboost also ensures that the plants are likely to be exposed to abundant PGR treatments. This is especially important where other growth, flowering or environmental factors are not optimal. This is important for growers in a cold climate.

Our Triaboost products also contain additional micro-nutirents which have beneficial effects compared to the use of the pure chemical.

For scientific published evidence on and triacontanol and Bougainvillea ...see below

Research Article

The Influence of 1-Triacontanol on the Growth, Flowering, and Quality of Potted Bougainvillea Plants (Bougainvillea glabra var. “Elizabeth Angus”) under Natural Conditions.

Mohammad Moneruzzaman Khandaker, Golam Faruq, M. Motior Rahman, M. Sofian-Azirun, and Amru Nasrulhaq Boyce. Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 308651, 12 pages

See published link to above scientific publication The paper can be viewed for free under Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Please spend some time reading the paper and reviewing the evidence.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/308651

Conclusions

"It can be concluded that the foliar spray of triacontanol stimulates growth, enhances flowering, and improves the quality of potted Bougainvillea plants"

"Triacontanol treatments also stimulated flowering and increased the number and quality of flowers"

 

2013 Published work.

Selected physiological and biochemical parameters were monitored at the vegetative and reproductive growth stages in potted Bougainvillea plants treated with five different concentrations of TRIA. (triacontanol) Advanced flowering, flower bud number, and blooming rate increased significantly with 0.5 and 1.0 mg/L TRIA treatments.

Similarly, photosynthetic rate, pigment content, quantum yield, and stomatal conductance increased significantly with 2.5, 1.0, and 5.0 mg/L TRIA treatments. Higher levels of N, P, and K, as well as increased total soluble solids (TSS) and higher sugar and protein contents, were recorded in treated plants. Furthermore, 46% more flowers, a 1.5-fold increase in bract weight, increased longevity, and 40% less leaf abscission were recorded following 2.5 mg/L TRIA treatment. Phenol and flavonoid contents, sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS), and antioxidant activities were also markedly increased with 2.5 and 1.0 mg/L TRIA treatments. However, ethylene production was significantly lower in the treated plants.

Positive correlations were observed between leaf TSS and flowering time and flower number, between leaf sugar content and bract weight, and between net photosynthesis and bract growth and dry matter production. It can be concluded that the foliar spray of TRIA stimulates growth, enhances flowering, and improves the quality of potted Bougainvillea plants.

Conclusions.

The results have shown that the tested concentrations of TRIA used had a significant effect on photosynthesis, photosynthetic pigments, minerals, and biomass content of Bougainvillea plants. TRIA treatments also stimulated flowering and increased the number and quality of flowers in addition to increasing protein, TSS, and sugar content, as well as the antioxidant and SPS activities in Bougainvillea leaves. Ethylene production was markedly reduced whilst the longevity of the leaves and bracts was increased in TRIA treated plants. It can be concluded that treatment with 1.0 and 2.5 mg/L TRIA can enhance the physiological activities, flowering, and quality of potted Bougainvillea plants grown under natural conditions.

Citation.

Mohammad Moneruzzaman Khandaker, Golam Faruq, M. Motior Rahman, M. Sofian-Azirun, and Amru Nasrulhaq Boyce, “The Influence of 1-Triacontanol on the Growth, Flowering, and Quality of Potted Bougainvillea Plants (Bougainvillea glabra var. “Elizabeth Angus”) under Natural Conditions,” The Scientific World Journal, vol. 2013, Article ID 308651, 12 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/308651

 

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