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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.

Managing Salt Buildup (white crusty substance) on Houseplant Soil

Improve the health of your houseplants and the look of your indoor garden with a little container clean up. 
Scrape off any white crusty substance collecting on the lip of the container or soil surface.  This build up of salt from minerals in fertilizer and hard or softened water can damage plants.  High levels of these excess salts can prevent plants from absorbing the water they need, stunt growth and burn root tips, leading to rot.

Repeatedly and thoroughly water, called leaching, to wash any remaining salts out of the soil.  Water the plant thoroughly until the excess water drains out the bottom of the pot.  Use twice as much water as the container will hold.  For example a 6 inch pot holds 10 cups of water, so use 20 cups to wash out the salts.  Wait 30 to 60 minutes and repeat.
Repeat every six months or so to prevent plant damage.
A bit more information:  Reduce the risk of salt build up by always watering thoroughly and pouring off excess water.  Fertilize only when your plants are actively growing.  And use a dilute solution, about one fourth to one half the recommended rate, when fertilizing.
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