Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions page!  We have created this page to keep you up-to-date with the most common questions and issues faced by beginning and experienced gardeners alike.  If you don't find the answer to your question here, feel free to email us at for a quick and personal response.
Daylilies - Can daylilies be divided in the summer?
Yes, daylillies can be divided in summer until late fall. Dividing in the summer or early fall gives them additional time to establish their roots. Be sure to water them well when transplanting in the summer as plants tend to dry out quicker.
Daylilies - Should I cut my daylilies back to the ground at the end of the season?
The time to cut back the plants is in the late fall after the foliage turns brown and withers.
Daylilies - What is the correct way to trim blooms off daylilies to encourage re-blooming?
The flower spikes of daylilies can be trimmed after blooming but before seed heads form. This will promote heavier reblooming. They can be fertilized every two to three weeks from early spring to September 1st.
Daylilies - Where should I plant my daylilies?
Daylilies are among the easiest of all perennial plants to grow. They thrive and bloom in the hot summer months and can be grown in full sun to partial shade. They are not fussy about soil, are winter hardy, and will thrive in the coldest as well as the hottest areas of the United States.
Daylilies- Which end of the daylily is the roots and which end is the crown?
The crown of the dayliliy is the hard ball-like shape and the roots are the longer finger shaped figures.
Daylilies - Do I need to plant them immediately or can I wait a week or so if it is more convenient?
You can delay planting by putting the daylilies into a refrigerator for a week or two. Do not wet them. They store best dry.
Daylilies - Should I be concerned if I see mold growing on the roots?
A little mold is often found on the roots and is of no serious concern. It can be wiped off if you choose; however, if the roots are soft and “squishy”, or smell rotten, there may be a serious problem and we should be contacted.
Bud-N-Flower Booster - Which plants need the Bud-N-Flower Booster?
Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster is your best and most convenient source of plant nutrients for all blooming plants. This formulation was especially developed to help home gardeners grow healthy, more colorful plants and includes selected primary and micronutrients, all of which are essential for plant growth and bloom. Only premium nutrient sources are used and their proportions balanced to stimulate growth and enhance bloom on all of your garden plants, container-grown patio plants, and flowering houseplants, such as African Violets.
Bud-N-Flower Booster, Acid - On what plants should I use the Acid Loving Bud-N-Flower Booster?
This can be used on azaleas, hydrangeas and blueberries.
Bud-N-Flower, Rose - Can I use Bud-N-Flower on all of my roses?
Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Rose Booster is a custom formulated, soluble fertilizer developed for roses and is your best choice and most convenient source of plant nutrients for all types of roses.
Fertilizer - How often should I fertilize my plants?
Fertilize once you see signs of new growth and then every three weeks after until September 1st.
Fertilizer - What kind of fertilizer should I use on my plants?
Cottage Farms offers four formulas to choose from: 1. Bud-N-Flower Booster For Acid Loving Plants. A custom formulated, soluble fertilizer developed for acid loving plants (azaleas, blueberries, hydrangea, etc.). 2. Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Your best and most convenient source of plant nutrients for all blooming plants. 3. Carefree Bud-N-Flower Rose Booster. A custom formulated, soluble fertilizer developed for roses. 4. Bud-N-Flower Booster For Fruits and Vegetables. Your best and most convenient source of plant nutrients for all fruits and vegetables.
Hibiscus - Can I plant my hibiscus in 12" pots to keep on my patio?
We recommend that you use an 18" or larger pot. Remember that plants in pots generally require more frequent watering than plants in the ground.
Hibiscus - I purchased the perennial hibiscus and planted them in the ground. It's spring and none of them seem to be growing. What is going on?
Hardy Perennial Hibiscus are one of the last perennials to sprout or break dormancy. There are also differences between varieties, with some growing faster than others. It is not unusual to have one or two break dormancy two weeks after their counterparts. Please be patient because once Hibiscus sprout they will grow rapidly. Warm weather will accelerate this.
Hibiscus - My hardy hibiscus looks like a small twig with no leaves. Will it grow fast and produce the giant flowers I want?
Yes. The plants you received are dormant. Hardy hibiscus will die back to the ground each year, but will come back stronger and larger each spring and will bloom in summer. You can expect 2-3 feet of growth the first year, maybe a bit more.
Hydrangea Tree - Can I plant my pink hydrangea tree in a pot and if so what size?
Plant it in something quite large such as a whiskey barrel or a large tub.
Hydrangea Tree (Pink Diamond) - Why are the flowers on my Pink Diamond Hydrangea tree white?
The flowers emerge a pure white in midsummer and undergo a metamorphosis as autumn approaches. The flowers gradually transform from white to a wonderfully rich pink not found in any other selection.
Hydrangeas - Are there any hydrangeas that bloom on new wood?
Yes, the Limelight and Annabelle hydrangeas bloom on new wood.
Hydrangeas - Do Mopheads and Lacecaps bloom on old wood or new wood?
Mopheads and Lacecaps bloom on "old wood".
Hydrangeas - How can I change the color of my hydrangea blooms?
To enhance the blue shades, you need acidic soil. This can be achieved by adding aluminum sulphate or Cottage Farms' Bud-N-Flower Booster for Acid Loving Plants. In order to promote pink flowering, the soil needs to be more alkaline. Lime can be added to raise the alkalinity. These changes do not take effect quickly. In fact you may have to wait a whole season for visible differences.
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