April 24, 2020 at 12:27 am Reply
Hello everyone! Is there a bougainvillea variety without any thorns? Would appreciate your reply. Thank you.April 24, 2020 at 3:39 pm Replyma.yoPrivate messageGreenhorn
I’ve never heard of a thornless bougainvillea.. sadly! Never got one ’cause I hate getting pricked. What I had as a child whenever we had to get the ball that rolled over to that plant corner is I think enough. 😀April 24, 2020 at 6:34 pm ReplyH a r r i e 0 7Private messageGreenhorn
There’s no variety that’s totally thornless I believe. However, there are two varieties known for having very low thorn count namely: “Miss Alice” and “Silhouette”. You might want to take a look at it and perhaps any of them will be pleasing to you.April 25, 2020 at 4:09 pm ReplyMicky CDPrivate messageGreenhorn
Check out B. Bambino and Hawaiian varieties as well.. They too have very MINIMAL thorns. Flowers are compact you’ll surely love the blooms.April 27, 2020 at 5:14 pm Reply
Sorry I just got the time to check your replies. Thank you very much!
I started checking on the varieties you both mentioned. So far, Miss Alice pleases me. Will see if available at garden stores by the time lockdown is over.April 27, 2020 at 7:34 pm ReplyNicegardenerPrivate messageGreenhorn
It’s interesting to know that bougainvillea has no variety yet that’s completely thornless. There’s still work to do for the breeders then.April 27, 2020 at 8:40 pm ReplyWenwenPrivate messageGreenhorn
Even with bonsai, do they still come with thorns? Just curious here. 🤔April 28, 2020 at 11:40 am ReplysmartiesPrivate messageGreenhorn
Here’s another variety I really like, it’s Torch Glow. Just very artistic shape. Picture’s not mine, just took from the net. Thorn wise, you’ve got less than the usual so why not?April 29, 2020 at 8:20 pm Reply
@Smarties – thank you very much for your message. I totally agree this one is artistic! Soo happy I’m getting more and more options.
@Wenwen – I have no idea if bougainvillea bonsai has thorns or not even with the varities mentioned by others that have very low count on thorns.
@Nicegardener – Yes, and really hoping they could breed a variety that has no single thorn!May 6, 2020 at 10:00 am ReplyRosalynPrivate messageExpert gardener
@Wenwen Just got a confirmation from a cousin who’s expert at bougainvillea bonsai making that they are thornless. It seems that the level of hormone responsible for the growth, including thorns, is very minimal due to its intended size. The plant then focuses on growing branches and forgets about the thorns. Now, if that’s something true to other plants with thorns, my cousin couldn’t say.
Thanks for bringing up the topic; rekindles my curiosity!May 6, 2020 at 8:52 pm ReplyWenwenPrivate messageGreenhorn
Thank you for the info @rosalyn. That makes sense. 🙂
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