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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.


Celebrate Daffodil Month: Daffodil Cut Flowers


Whether you grow them yourself or purchase them at a florist, celebrate Daffodil Month with a vase of cheery daffodil blooms. 

Increase your enjoyment of these spring blooms by extending their vase life.  If you are harvesting your own, pick them in the morning. Pull and twist the flower stem so it breaks off right at ground level.
 
Select daffodils with the flower bud just starting to show color and bent at a 90 degree angle from the stem.  Harvest those with multiple flowers per stem when one of the flowers is fully open.
 
Cut the bottom of the stem on an angle.  Place your daffodils in warm water with floral preservative. Move them to a cool dark location for 12 hours or overnight.
 
Arrange daffodils in their own vase to avoid damaging other cutflowers with their gooey sap.  Or after 24 hours in their own vase, rinse the daffodils stems and combine with other flowers.
 
A bit more information:  Further extend the life of daffodil and other cut flowers by using a floral preservative.  Add a few forsythia or pussy willows to your daffodil bouquets for added seasonal interest.  And those with sensitive skin may want to wear gloves to avoid irritation from this plant’s sap.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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