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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 television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 25 years of horticulture experience. Viewers 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 expands on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.

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Taking Cuttings

Turn this leggy geranium into lots of beautiful flowers. Whether you’re saving your favorite annual over winter to you want to expand your garden, the technique’s the same-cuttings. Start with a pruners, garden scissors, or a sharp knife and take cuttings about 3 to 4 inches long. I like to make my cutting right above a good set of healthy leaves so the remainder of the stem looks nice. Once you have your cutting, remove the lower leaves, any buds, and flowers that maybe on that cutting. If you’ve had trouble rooting in the past, try rooting hormone. They contain fungicides to fight disease and hormones to encourage root development. Dip the cut end in and stick it in vermiculite or well-drained potting mix to root. Cover it loosely with a plastic bag and move it to a bright, well-lit location and out of direct sun several weeks to root. You’ll be amazed at the many flowers you’ll have to add to your garden and share with your friends. Just a Bit More Information: Make your own mini propagator. All you need is a 6 or 8” pot with drainage holes and a much smaller (about 2” diameter) terra cotta pot. Fill the larger pot with a well drained potting mix or vermiculite. Place a stopper or cork in the drainage hole of the smaller terra cotta pot. Sink the smaller pot in the rooting media locating it in the middle of the larger pot. Stick several cuttings in the rooting media surrounding the smaller container. Moisten. Fill the small container with water and place your new propagator in a large plastic bag. Use labels or pencils to make a framework to support the plastic. Set your propagator in a bright location out of direct sunlight. The small pot filled with water will keep the surrounding soil moist as the water moves through the terra cotta into the surrounding rooting media. The plastic covering increases humidity around the plant reducing moisture loss. Vent the plastic bag to prevent excess condensation collecting on the inside of the bag. Your mini propagator creates a better environment for rooting cuttings with less effort on your part.

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About Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers, best known for her gardener friendly and practical approach to gardening, has more than 25 years of horticulture experience in both hands-on and instructional settings. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure.

Outside the classroom, Melinda shares her expertise through a variety of media outlets. She has written 20 books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, and the Birds & Blooms’ Ultimate Gardening Guide. She hosts “Great Lakes Gardener,” seen on PBS stations throughout the United States, and “Melinda’s Garden Moments”, which air on network television stations throughout the country. She appears regularly as a guest expert on various national and local television and radio shows. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column and is a contributing editor and columnist for Birds & Blooms and Backyard Living magazines. In addition, she hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years.

For her work, community service and media presence, Melinda has received recognition and numerous awards, including the 2003 Garden Globe Award for radio talent and the Quill and Trowel Award for her television work, both from the Garden Writers Association. She has also received the Garden Communicator’s Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Gold Leaf Award for Arbor Day from the International Society of Arboriculture.

For more information, visit Myers’ web site The site features regularly updated garden tips, podcasts, a garden club, e-newsletter, books, appearance information, “Great Lakes Gardener” television schedule and more.

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