another gardening question (Wish you had a gardening expert or horticulturist.) The handyman who just painted my exterior trim spraypainted the wrought iron grillwork on the side of my small entryway. Fine. But in the process he also got paint droplets on the trunk & leaves of the 10-year-old bouganvilla that grows up around the wire trellis we attached to the top of the grillwork. Some of the leaves have died. There are still some areas that look perfectly normal, and the bark isn't saturated, but the paint drops are all over and I don't want my bouganvilla to die. Is that a danger? Suggestions?
Welcome, I will do my best to help you with your problem
I've been gardening for 40 years and my wife is a horticulturalist. Since bougainvillaea is deciduous in climates with a dry season the loss of some leaves is not likely to be a problem. If the paint is latex then chances are good that the plant will come through just fine but even if it's oil based paint I wouldn't be terribly concerned based on your description. The best this to do is wpie as much paint off as you can. If the paint has dries there is little you can do. Don't try to scrape it off since that would likely do more harm than good.
Sorry for the typos. The beginning of the next to last sentence should read> The best THING to do is WIPE as much paint off as you can
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Chances are the leaves will grow back and you will hardly notice the paint in a few months