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Make plans now to join Melinda on her famous Garden Walks at Boerner Botanical Gardens in 2014!

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.


Cutting Roses - The Garden Mix

 
Enjoy your roses outdoors in the garden or indoors in a vase.  Extend their vase life and insure your rose plant’s health with proper harvesting. 

Carry a clean bucket of fresh water out to the garden.  This will help keep your cut flowers fresh while harvesting other flowers.
 
Use sharp bypass pruners when cutting roses for your indoor enjoyment. Cut rose flowers early in the morning just as the top of the bud is starting to open. This will maximize its vase life. 
 
Make the cut on a slight angle above an outward facing bud above a 5-leaflet leaf.    The new stems that sprout from this bigger cut will be thicker and sturdier.  For younger plants you may only be able to prune back to a 3-leaflet leaf.
 
Remove lower leaves and recut the stem to the desired length on a slight angle.  This prevents the stem from sealing to the bottom of the vase, preventing water uptake.
 
A bit more information:  Add a few other garden fresh flowers to your arrangements.  Baby’s breath, yarrow, phlox, Helenium, salvia, veronica, lilies, lady’s mantle leaves and flowers, and hosta leaves are a few perennials to include in your garden and flower arrangements.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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