Sun vs shade

As you’ve probably noticed, not all leaves are the same size. The size of the leaf depends on how many hours of sun they get. If a plant is full sun, that means it gets at least six hours of sun per day. If a plant is partial shade, that means it can get a minimum of three hours of sunlight per day. Not only will the sun affect the leaf size, it will also affect the shade of green and how thick or thin a leaf is.

If the surrounding environment is primarily shaded, the plants living in the area will produce larger and thinner leaves. By expanding the surface area, it helps absorb more sunlight in order to get the nutrients it needs. Once the plants get enough nutrients from the sun, they can begin photosynthesis. Shade leaves also have more chlorophyll because of the chloroplasts.

Not only do plants that get more shade have bigger leaves, they are richer in color. Chlorophyll is the element that gives plants enough energy for photosynthesis as well as giving the leaves a bright green color. It is also the reason why leaves have more of a brighter green on top than underneath. Since the upper half has more chlorophyll, it tends to be more green.

Plants that typically absorb sunlight all day long, have smaller but thicker leaves. Since the sun is already shining down on the plants, it is not so much of a struggle for them to get nutrients. Because of all the sunlight, they actually become a lighter green.

Full sun plants get their thick leaves by the high amount of palisade cells they have. Palisade cells are for light absorption which is why leaves in the shade do not have as much. Since the light gives plants energy, palisade cells are a necessity in all leaves, especially full sun leaves. They are tightly packed together in the palisade layer. This is also where photosynthesis takes place.

There are six steps to complete photosynthesis. Once the roots of the plants absorb enough water, then they take in the CO2 from the air. Then the leaves get energy from the sunlight. From that energy, they will make sugar as well as oxygen. The plant will then release the oxygen into the air. Lastly, the sugar is used for plant growth.  Photosynthesis is basically a way for plants to make food.

Flowers that thrive in the sunlight include: sage, violas, and coneflowers. Some plants that grow fruit are also full sun plants. These include: cherries, gooseberries, and blackberries. Of course these are not all of the plants that are made for the sun, but they are just a few to start off your garden.

Shade plants include: pulmonaria, Tiarella cordifolia, and primula. Although these are just a few of many shade based plants, there are many out there! Even some that grow fruits. Whatever type of environment you would like to start your own garden, there are varieties of plants for everyone! Cameron nursery focuses on planting certain types fruits, shrubs, or flowers in ideal locations. Whether a plant calls for sun or shade, there is a place for all!

September 9th, 2022|

Drought tolerant plants

For all the environmentalist out there, have you ever thought about purchasing a drought tolerant plant? There are many benefits to having drought tolerant plants. Having a drought tolerant plant will lower your water bills and reduce the amount of water in droughts. These plants also attract other plants with less maintenance, have deeper roots to help stabilize slopes, and are more pest resistance.

Listed are the top 10 drought tolerant plants given by, “Birds and Blooms”:

  1. Portulaca – bloom in a rainbow of hues, grows in low clusters, thrives in the heat
  2. Coneflower – very little upkeep, good in almost any soil
  3. Catmint – attracts butterflies and bees, bloom early summer to early fall, usually around 1 to 3 feet tall and wide
  4. Agastache – attracts bees, sports purple or white spikes, usually grows 3 to 5 feet tall
  5. Lantana – grows around 3 to 6 feet tall with gorgeous brightly colored blossoms, best in a sunny garden
  6. Salvia – vibrant red color that grows 8 to 30 inches tall, grows during any season
  7. Lavender – delightful fragrance, native to the Mediterranean and Middle East
  8. Russian Sage – purplish blue colored stems growing 2 to 5 feet tall, last in the cold and poor soil
  9. California Poppy – must have full sun but can be in poor soil
  10. Licorice Plant – fuzzy vine, thrives in partial shade to full sun, spreads out to 6 feet

Some people prefer to have their whole backyard as drought tolerant which benefits the environment tremendously.  Having drought tolerant plants gives the landscape a modern feel with the variety of bright colored flowerbeds mixed with a grass cluster and gravel space. Faux grass is becoming popular in today’s world with almost 30 states reporting a water shortage. Faux grass will not only help the water bill but you will never have to mow, fertilize, or reseed again. Grass is one of the highest maintenance items a person can have in their garden.

Hopefully this list can help you find all the right plants you need!

July 7th, 2022|

Do’s & Don’ts

Dealing with plants does not require a wealth of knowledge, but there are major “do’s and don’ts” that people looking to get into planting should keep in mind.  Though some may be under the false impression that planting is as easy as tossing some seeds into soil and adding water; they are sadly mistaken. There is no one way of going about it, but there are common rules to live by that go into planting strong healthy plants.  Here are just a few things to keep in mind!

DO pick a good location– It all starts with picking a good environment that will allow the plants to grow and not inhibit the plants to get the necessities required for a long healthy life.  Along with this, one should choose plants that will be able to acclimate themselves in that environment.

DON’T use synthetic fertilizers- Synthetic fertilizers are more toxic than one may think.  Yes, they do cause plants to grow quickly, but in the long run it causes a lot of stress and potentially could even cause overgrowth.

DO consider going organic- Organic planting is the way to go for a few reasons: the soil deters pests naturally, prevents mosquitoes, helps build strong roots, and it’s cheaper at the end of the day!

DON’T overwater- As with anything, too much of something could potentially be dangerous/unhealthy.  Likewise, with watering plants, depending on the climate it is common to do short rounds of watering every other day.  If one can see their footsteps on the lawn after being watered that is an indication of overwatering!

DO plant trees- Trees are helping hands in the garden.  Not only do they create shade, but they cool down the ground temperature as well as absorb pollutants and give off oxygen.  

DON’T mass plant- Diversify!  It is better to mix the types of plants you have, because if one plant gets ill they all do.  Indigenous plants are recommended to mix in the garden, however a large amount of indigenous plants could be risky because of the pests they bring along do not necessarily have a natural fix in its new environment.  

DO enjoy yourself & the process along the way!

These are just a few things to keep in mind while taking the first steps into the world of planting.  People find what works for them and their plants along the way. Happy planting!

June 7th, 2022|

The Good and Bad of Bugs

When we garden, we try our best to keep bugs away. Although most bugs are harmful, some are actually beneficial to our garden. Some of the good bugs include, ladybugs, praying mantis, and spiders. But the bad bugs are, Aphids, snails, and slugs. There are obviously a lot more good and bad bugs out there, but these are a few common ones!

Not only are ladybugs a sign for goodluck, they keep predators away from plants. Ladybugs prey on aphids, mites and fleas. dill, dandelion, and common yarrow are a few of the many plants that ladybugs are attracted to.  With only being less than a quarter inch long, they sure eat a lot of aphids in there lifetime. In Fact, they consume thousands.

The Praying Mantis is always a unique bug to see, but little do most people know, they keep our beautiful plants from harmful bugs. The bugs they protect against are caterpillars, moths, beetles, and crickets. Some of the plants that praying mantis like are dill, grass, and shrubs. Lucky there two front legs keep away all the predators.

Not all spiders are bad. Although some may sneak into our homes, they do well to our gardens. They prey on aphids, caterpillars, and grasshoppers.  But if they do crawl inside your house, don’t be too alarmed. They also prey on bed bugs and fruit flies. Spiders like any tall plant because its easiest to make a web around.

Aphids, on the other hand, are bad for plants. They produce fungus which hurts the plants and may even kill them. They are small and have a sharp mouth. It is a nightmare to have these pests invading your harvest.

Lastly, snails and slugs are commonly found in gardens and will hurt the crops in no time. Although they are tiny, they will eat what’s left of the planted seeds overnight. Try keeping your plants in the sun or in dry areas to avoid these pests.

April 21st, 2022|

The Value of Citrus

Citrus is known for its sweet and sour fruits. It comes in an array of colors and flavors to choose from. No matter if you like lemons, limes, grapefruit, or clementines, Cameron Nursery has a fruitful supply just for you.

Not only is Citrus a go-to refresher on a hot summer day, it’s also packed with vitamins, nutrients, and serves more purposes than just another color in a fruit bowl.

Have you ever reached for a glass of vitamin C when you had a cold? Well, thanks to the citric acid packed, zesty flavor of citrus, it probably helped to shorten the duration of your cold. Vitamin C is capable of repairing and improving the immune system. Because of all its benefits, vitamin C is a necessity.

Your skin feeds off the great ability citrus has to improve your well-being. It makes for the perfect skin food! After a long day in the sun, citrus will help renew the damaged skin. Not only will it help your skin from ageing, it will give it a beaming glow. When life gives you lemons, put them in a glass of water and sip your way to clear skin!

There are so many ways to incorporate citrus into your day! It adds a unique touch to many meals and drinks. Whether it is lemon meringues, lemon bars, or lemon water, the possibilities are endless. But lemon is not the only form of citrus that will up your recipe and give you all the benefits. A pinch of lime is a healthy touch to any mexican cuisine. Oranges are great in smoothies, desserts, or just sliced up! There are so many types of citrus to choose from and ways that it can be a good supplement to almost anything. You can even try it chocolate covered!

Cameron Nursery is known for its wide variety of citrus trees. It is located in the heart of Coachella Valley where they get a fair share sunshine all day long making this the perfect place to plant a tree that bears citrus year round. They have endless rows of Vitamin C. The tangy aroma that comes off the fruit filled trees is always a pleasant scent when visiting Cameron Nursery. Even in the heat of the day, it’s worth the sweat to pick from this plentiful selection of fresh fruit. And not to mention the warm welcome by Lucy the cat, the guardian of the nursery.

August 5th, 2019|