When is it safe to cut back the brown stuff on my perennials?

Once perennials have gone through a few freezes, they should be dormant. At this time, it's ok to cut off the dry branches and wait for new growth to sprout from the roots. Be sure to apply a nice layer of mulch in the fall to keep roots warm through the winter.

I'm confused by all the different light requirements and watering terms. What do they mean?

It's best not to overthink the various terms. Take a literal approach and always remember that there is a trial-and-error factor to growing. If a plant looks happy, it is. On the other hand, if a plant looks a little sad, try to figure out what it needs. They give you clues. For instance, if your plant is leaning in one direction, and that direction is toward the sun, chances are it needs more light. If the leaves of your plant are dropping, and the soil in which it is planted is dry, by all means give it a drink. Watch and listen. Your plants are talking to you.

Is your nursery open to the public?
Our nursery is set up as a growing facility. We sell our plants at markets and events throughout the year. 

May we order plants prior to a market?
Contact us several days in advance with your request. Orders must be picked up by noon on market day. 

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.
  ~ H. Fred Dale

An array of colorful bougainvillea in shades of pink, coral, fuchsia, red and white inside a Cameo Farm growing house.

Growing Info and FAQ

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How do I make my bougainvillea bloom?

Give bougainvillea what they like, and they respond.

  • Sunshine - bougainvillea love the light.

  • Fertilizer - bougainvillea are always hungry. when selecting a fertilizer from the store, look for hibiscus or bougainvillea fertilizer or a kind with a high potash number - the last number.

  • Water - don't drown your bougainvillea. Allow container soil to dry a little before giving them their next drink; they hate soggy soil.

  • Scissors - bougainvillea appreciate a haircut. As blooms fall, trim the tips of your plants to encourage branching and new growth. Bougainvillea bloom on new growth.