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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.


Miniature Roses


Add a bit of color to your indoor garden or dinner table this season with miniature roses. 
 
Add a miniature rose to one of your large indoor planters or dish gardens.  Or place it in a small decorative pot and use it as a centerpiece or place marker for your dinner guests. 
 
Grow your miniature rose in a sunny location like a south or west facing window where it will receive at least 5 to 6 hours of sunlight.  Regularly turn the pot so every side receives an equal amount of sunlight for balanced growth.
 
Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil consistently moist.  And always pour off excess water that collects in the saucer.  Or elevate the pot above the water on pebbles in the saucer to avoid root rot. 
 
Avoid cold temperatures lower than 50 degrees and drafts of hot and cold air. Fertilize with a flowering houseplant fertilizer as needed.
 
A bit more information: Check your plants regularly for spider mites.  These pests suck plant juices, causing stippling, yellowing, and browning of the leaves, and distorted growth.  Use a strong blast of water to dislodge the mites.  If the problem continues, make several weekly applications of insecticidal soap to reduce the mite population and plant damage.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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