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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


A New Look for an Old Favorite, the Snake Plant

 
Tough as nails is the description often given the plant you may know as snake plant, Mother-in-laws tongue or Sansevieria.

This easy to grow plant tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.  Hardy outdoors in zones 10 and 11, it can be grown just about anywhere indoors.  You can grow it in low light, but it thrives and will even flower in brightly lit indoor locations.  Plant in a well drained potting mix and water thoroughly whenever the soil dries.
 
Look for some new twists on this old favorite.  Moonshine sansevieria has solid silvery-green leaves with a very slight deep green edge around the leaves.
 
Black coral is tall with dark green almost black narrow leaves covered with gray-green wavy lines.
 
And look for Twist, another new cultivar with short twisted leaves edged in yellow.
 
A bit more information:  The Cylindrica has just that cylindrical leaves.  African spear has cylindrical leaves that grow in a fan shape pattern. Look for this and other new Sansevieria varieties at garden centers and florists as well as on-line sources, specializing in unusual indoor plants.

For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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