On The Ledge is a podcast all about indoor gardening – helping you to grow everything from Aloe vera to the ZZ plant. Presenter Jane Perrone has been nuts about houseplants since she was knee high to a Swiss cheese plant. She quizzes the experts, helps you find cool new stuff to grow and figures out how to fix your plant problems. For more information, email email@example.com or visit janeperrone.com.
Here's the Latest Episode from On The Ledge – Jane Perrone:
It’s time to sow some seeds and shoot the breeze about Hoya trends in this episode; plus I answer a question about two very similar-looking variegated houseplants: one rather rarer than the other.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/1/8/episode-170
*I am re-upoading this episode as many listeners have had problems with the old file - my apologies!*
Rare cacti and succulents are being ripped out of the ground and sold illegally all over the world. Dr Jared Margulies of the University of Alabama joins me to discuss the issue of plant poaching: from what to look for when you’re buying rare succulents, to who is behind the illegal trade. And I answer a question about storing Xanthosoma corms. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/1/8/cactus-succulent-illegal-poaching
Rare cacti and succulents are being ripped out of the ground and sold illegally all over the world. Political Dr Jared Margulies of the University of Alabama joins me to discuss the issue of plant poaching: from what to look for when you’re buying rare succulents, to who is behind the illegal trade. And I answer a question about storing Xanthosoma corms. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/1/8/cactus-succulent-illegal-poaching
This bonus episode has nothing to do with plants! It’s just a bit of fun. I read an abridged version of the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I hope it’ll be a relaxing listen, but if you’re just here for the houseplants, skip this one and check out my back catalogue of more than 160 planty episodes. I’ll be back with a new episode on January 15 2021.
Find out more about A Christmas Carol in the show notes: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/festive-bonus-episode
Find out how you scored in the On The Ledge quiz as Jane reveals the answers. Check out the questions and answers in full at https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/12/14/plant-quiz-aloe-vera
I test your planty podcast knowledge in an On The Ledge quiz, plus I answer a question about an Aloe vera and we meet Alannah in Meet the Listener.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/12/14/plant-quiz-aloe-vera
I explain why springtails are nothing to be afraid of, and I explain how to take cuttings of the swiss cheese plant, Monstera deliciosa. Plus we hear from listener Jonathan in Meet the Listener.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-167-springtails-monstera-cuttings
Find out how to turn a glass cabinet from IKEA into a stylish indoor greenhouse with my guests Camila Lohr and Vinny Araujo, plus I answer a question about preventative pest control and we hear from listener Zoe in New Zealand in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-166-ikea-greenhouse-cabinet
If your new plant has super-shiny leaves, it may have been treated with a leaf shine spray. I find out more about these products with Canadian garden writer Larry Hodgson, and discuss the best ways to clean plant leaves. Plus we hear from listener Beth.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-164-leaf-shine-cleaning-leaves
My guest this week is Travis Cooper aka @plantsdecoop, creator of #PlantsNPoses on Instagram: we cover everything from plant purges and the best Anthuriums for newbies to the power of creativity and the joy of tapping into our childhood playfulness. I also answer a question about choosing a new home with your plants in mind. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-164-travis-cooper-plantsdecoop
I delve into the history of On The Ledge and explain how it all began, as well as how I put the show together today, plus we meet listener Armando, host of podcast The Plant Nook, and I answer a question about houseplant wholesalers.
For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/13/episode-163-behind-the-scenes-at-on-the-ledge
Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum) have a bit of a reputation for being tricky - in this episode I suggest some ways of keeping yours happy; plus I answer a question about a Thanksgiving cactus and we meet listener Carol.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/codiaeum-variegatum-croton
I learn about the science of tissue culture and what it means for the houseplant industry with the help of Chris Reynolds, founder of tissue culture lab Seedless Labs. Plus I answer a question about an ivy and a Dracaena called Norman, and we hear from listener Karl.
Full show notes: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/23/episode-161-tissue-culture-explained
Professor Nox Makunga of Stellenbosch University in South Africa joins me to explain the pigments that give houseplant leaves their colours, I answer a question about a ‘Silver Ripple’ Peperomia and we hear from listener Mia. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/16/episode-160-leaf-botany-part-four-pigments
Illustrator Katie Vaz talks to me about her new book My Life in Plants and I answer a question about plants for a south-facing window. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/7/episode-159
It’s the final part of my run-through of the various things you can use to make up your houseplant potting mixes, including perlite and vermiculite; plus I answer a question about a mixed planter.
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For the full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/2/episode-158-an-a-to-z-of-potting-mix-ingredients-part-three
In the second part of my potting mix ingredients A-Z I work through from C to L, plus I answer a question about watering citrus trees, and we hear from listener Theresa.
Want to help me make my houseplant book Legends of the Leaf a reality? Pledge now!
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/25/episode-157-an-a-to-z-of-potting-mix-ingredients-part-two
Find out about my crowdfunding appeal on Unbound for forthcoming book Legends of the Leaf: The story behind 25 iconic houseplants and the secrets to making them thrive.
Pledge your support here: https://unbound.com/books/legends-of-the-leaf/
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/legendsbook
I am joined by fellow houseplant expert Mr Houseplant, aka Vladan Nikolic, to discuss the ingredients that go into your plants’ pots, plus I answer a question about finding name-appropriate houseplant gifts. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/18/episode-156-potting-mix-ingredients-an-a-to-z-part-one
It’s time to answer some listener questions! Distorted Monstera leaves, watering techniques and black pepper plants all come under scrutiny in this Q&A special. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/11/episode-155-your-listener-questions
Prices for so-called unicorn plants have gone sky high as the houseplant trend continues to explode, but this week I am asking: is any plant really worth that much? Plus I answer a listener question about marks on a moon cactus and we hear from listener Basma.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/4/episode-154-the-price-of-rare-plants
This week I find out what silicon does for plants, answer a couple of questions about brown spots on leaves, and we hear from listener MV. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/8/21/episode-152-leaf-botany-part-three-silicon
Warning, this episode is seriously relaxing! I read from a Victorian book on indoor gardening that should provide the perfect aural backdrop to a chill-out session, some plant care or even an afternoon nap. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/8/9/episode-151-the-relaxation-episode
In this milestone 150th episode, I lay out my manifesto for On The Ledge and answer a question about growing tomatoes, plus we meet listener Lydia and look back at some highlights from the last 50 episodes. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/7/19/episode-150-the-on-the-ledge-manifesto
I find out how you could become the guardian of a major houseplant genus, and answer a listener question about making terrariums.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/7/16/episode-149-terrarium-tips-and-national-collections
Guttation and CAM (aka Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) are central processes for many of our houseplants, but what do they involve? Terrestrial ecologist Dr Polly Schiffman explains all (and we find out which is her favourite!) Plus I answer a question about a lanky Pilea and we hear from Joe from Texas in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/7/9/episode-148-guttation-cam
If you’ve ever been flummoxed by a houseplant that came with a label marked simply ‘foliage’, this episode will help you start to figure out the name of your new addition. Plant expert Jaco Nel of app SmartPlant joins me to explain the clues he looks for when trying to name plants, and attempts a live plant identification. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/7/3/episode-147-identifying-houseplants
When it's unusually hot, you may feel the strain: your houseplants can struggle too. I offer up some tips to help your plants cope with a heatwave, and Doug Chamberlain of Vermont Hoyas joins me to answer a listener question. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/6/26/episode-146-houseplants-heatwave-hoyas
Tyler Thrasher is the host of podcast Greenhouse Rants and a brilliant polymath who breeds succulents, has designed and crowdfunded his own plant journal and much, much more. He joins me to talk about why he loves creating Crassula hybrids, racism and the plant community, and why some of the best plant info is not found on the internet! For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/6/19/episode-145-tyler-thrasher
If you enjoy a blast from the past, you’ll like this week’s profiled plants: three species that were once ubiquitous but have been inexplicably ignored in the current houseplant revolution: the piggyback plant, Swedish ivy and Pilea ‘Moon Valley’. And I answer a question about an unusual potential source of water for bromeliads. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/6/5/underrated-houseplants
Mealybugs are one of the most common and hard-to-treat pests you’ll encounter as a houseplant grower, so it’s high time we devoted a whole episode to these furry terrors! I interview entomologist Dr Raymond Cloyd to find out what they are and how to get rid of them. Plus, I answer a question about a droopy Calathea. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/6/2/episode-143-mealybugs
Ever wondered why the leaves of your houseplants are different in shape? Professor Enrico Coen of the John Innes Centre joins to me to explain. I co-opt Stephen of the Plant Daddy podcast to help me answer a question about a Nepenthes, and we meet listener Mikaela. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/29/episode-142-leaf-botany-part-one-shape
Alice Vincent (@noughticulture on Instagram) joins me to talk about two new planty projects: her book Rootbound, and an audio guide to sowing seeds - both perfect lockdown reading and listening material. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/22/episode-141-alice-vincent
In the final instalment of Diva Week Mireia of Instagram account @borngardening joins me to discuss Alocasia ‘Polly'. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week
Today’s diva plant is Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’, the polka dot begonia: Daniel Minton of Instagram account @minstera_ offers up some expert care tips on how to keep it looking lush. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week
Maidenhair fern, from the genus Adiantum, are some of the biggest divas of the houseplant world. Matthew from Plant Daddy Podcast joins me to find out how to get your plants looking good. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week
It's Diva Week! I'm bringing you expert advice on how to care for five demanding houseplants, broken down into bite-sized episodes every weekday. Today: begonia vine aka Cissus discolor, with care tips from horticulturist Leslie Halleck. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week
It's Diva Week! I'm bringing you expert advice on how to care for five demanding houseplants, broken down into bite-sized episodes every weekday. First up: Ficus lyrata, the fiddle leaf fig, with care tips from expert grower @planttrekker. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week
Want to know more about On The Ledge mascot Wolfie? Your wait is over. Plus I chat to orchid expert Dr Manos Kanellos to answer a Dendrobium question, we hear form listener Gabby and you can hear me pottering in my shed in a new soundscape. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/wolfie
I talk to Philip Oostenbrink about his National Collection of Aspidistra cultivars and answer a question about watering snake plants, and we hear from listener Roos. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/1/episode-138-aspidistras
I chat to fellow houseplant podcaster Maria Failla about life under lockdown in New York and how her podcast Bloom & Grow Radio began, plus I answer a question about the begonia vine, Cissus discolor. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/4/24/episode-137-maria-failla-bloom-and-grow-radio
I answer a question about buying houseplants from big box stores, we meet listener Lynne and we hear a song about plants from Mark Truesdell.
Steve Hickman joins me to talk about a flowering houseplant that deserves more attention: Clivia miniata. And in Meet The Listener, we hear from Rose. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/4/17/episode-136-clivias
I answer questions about crispy Norfolk Island pines, a shrivelled string of pearls and wayward avocado roots, plus we hear from listener Carlana. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/episode135-questions
I talk to Dean Murray of Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers about their track BCSS, a wonderful celebration of the obsession with cacti and succulents. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/bcss-song
I discover a bid get an orchid flower emoji added to the suite of symbols we use on our phones. And I answer a question about polka dot Begonia cuttings. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/monstera-emoji
A short but sweet update on all things On The Ledge, with a birdsong backing track. Plus we meet listener Pam. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/4/1/midweek-bonus-3-lets-hear-it-for-the-birds
I visit the home of houseplant expert Mercy Morris to explore her personal collection of plants, and answer a question about plants for a super-sunny windowsill.
In this extra midweek episode, I meet listener Sadie from Colorado, USA, talk to Matt Candeias of podcast In Defense of Plants about new film Little Joe, and chill out with the birds in my garden. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/3/25/midweek-bonus-2-keep-on-keeping-on-and-a-birdsong-soundscape
I was thrilled to be able to chat to Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff, founders of Urban Jungle Bloggers, about their new book Plant Tribe, plus I answer a question about how to avoid overwatering your plants during a pandemic lockdown, and we meet listener Maria. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/3/20/episode-132-plant-tribe-with-the-urban-jungle-bloggers
Find out how Jane Perrone will be supporting listeners during the coronavirus pandemic, from extra episodes to a new houseplant buddies scheme. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/3/18/midweek-bonus-1
In this week’s show, I find out what’s really going on inside your seeds, chronicle your #OTLsowalong successes, answer a listener question about great houseplant books and meet listener Sam.
I answer all your burning OTL Sowalong questions, plus Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening tackles a listener question about nutrients for hydroponic seed starters, and we meet listener Emily.
On The Ledge sowalong is go! I interview fern expert and British Pteridological Society member Peter Blake about how to grow ferns from spores, I answer a listener question about how to get the most from a visit to a plant show, and we meet a listener called Memo.
RHS garden Wisley in Surrey has taken a new approach to displaying houseplants with its houseplant takeover exhibition: I take a tour with horticulturist Callum Munro-Faure. And I answer a question about whitefly on a hibiscus. For full show notes and images from the exhibition, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/2/14/episode-128-monstera-mansion-tour
I look at the alternatives to plastic pots, offer up some tips on using cachepots, and talk to ceramic designer Hannah Morrow about her collection of pots inspired by a set of David Hockney paintings. Plus I answer a question about variegated Monsteras, and we meet listener Ash. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/2/7/episode-127-sustainability-part-three-pots
I interview the UK’s plant health chief, Nicola Spence about how the new rules on plant passports work and who is affected by the changes.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/2/4/plant-passports-nicola-spence
In a unique collaboration, I join up with the RHS Gardening Podcast to talk houseplants with Matthew Pottage, curator of RHS garden Wisley in Surrey, and Anne Swithinbank, houseplant expert and Gardeners’ Question Time panellist. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/1/31/episode-126-houseplant-takeover-with-the-rhs-gardening-podcast
Biophilic designer Oliver Heath joins me to explain how being surrounded by nature can have palpable benefits for us all. And I answer a question about watering cacti in winter.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/1/24/episode125-what-is-biophilia
Herbologist and private chef Maya Thomas joins me to talk about everything from why weeds matter to why buying small plants can work in your favour. Plus I answer a question about a dumb cane with yellowing leaves. For full show notes visit: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/1/17/episode-124-herbs-and-more-with-maya-thomas
I chat about my growing Hoya collection to find out how they are getting on and why I love them so much, and I answer a question about a leggy aralia.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/1/9/episode-123-janes-hoya-tour
Join me as I potter about tending houseplants, in a soundscape that’s meant to be companionable, not informative.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/mrETPE
Steve Rosenbaum from Steve’s Leaves nursery in Texas is back to offer up more Begonia growing advice, and palm expert Scott Zona joins me for this week’s Q&A.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/FCL3od
Begonias are brilliant houseplants: from rex to luxurians, they come in all kinds of leaf shapes, colours and habits. Steve Rosenbaum, founder of Texas-based nursery Steve’s Leaves, joins me in this episode to talk about how to care for these beautiful plants. And I answer a question about the leaves of Sansevieria cylindrica.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/12/6/episode-120-begonias
One of the best things you can do this winter is give your houseplants a health check: I explain how it’s done. Plus I answer a question about what to do with fallen leaves, and we discuss developments in OTL’s quest for a monstera emoji with my assistant Kelly Westlake. And we meet listener Nick Shalosky.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/8Xgb4n
Find out how to help your houseplants survive ‘the death months’ with Anders Røyneberg, aka the Arctic Gardener. And I answer a question about how to keep carnivorous plants happy when you can’t get hold of rainwater.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/winter-houseplants
I visit the Surrey greenhouse of succulent grower Bob Potter to learn about Euphorbias and more, and I answer a question about how to persuade climbing plants to cling to a moss pole.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/f20Yw7
I plant some Hippeastrums - the monster bulbs of the indoor gardening world - and I answer a question about a mushrooms growing in houseplant pots.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/LgfcD9
Sustainability could be described as the elephant in the room when it comes to the hype around houseplants right now. I chat to Dave Hanson, owner/manager of Sage Garden Greenhouses in Winnipeg, Canada and co-host of podcast The Grow Guide, to find out about the chalenges of trying to grow houseplants sustainably on a large scale. And I answer a question about the so-called ‘mini Monstera’, Rhapidophora tetrasperma.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/5F9925
Plant swaps are a great way to connect with likeminded planty people, offload surplus plants and get your hands on some great new specimens for your collection. I visited two seasoned plant swappers in Sheffield to find out how it’s done - and I also answer a question about a mystery Peperomia.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/10/11/episode-112-plant-swaps
Listen to a live episode of On The Ledge recorded at the inaugural Cactusworld Live event organised by the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS), with two cactus-loving guests, BCSS patrons Tom Hart Dyke and Anne Swithinbank. Plus, I answer a question about the seed pods of the string of hearts.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/uePERh
Peperomias are centre stage again this week as we hear part two of my chat with Peperomia expert Sally Williams, learn more about this fascinating group of plants, and get lots of care tips. And I also answer a question about the so-called resurrection plant.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/9/26/episode-110-peperomias-part-two
Watermelons, raindrops and turtles … the genus Peperomia contains some of our most popular houseplants: so it’s about time I devoted a couple of episodes to them. I meet Peperomia expert Sally Williams, learn more about this fascinating group of plants, and get lots of care tips. And I also answer a question about a peaky heart leaf fern.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/eMTImw
Jane Perrone tackles listeners' houseplant dilemmas and disasters in this question and answer special episode, from what to do with old houseplant potting mix to how to deal with a droopy Maranta.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/UOY1Zn
I return from holiday to find a dozen bottles of milk turning into cheese on my doorstop, but the good news is that my houseplants are mostly thriving! I check them out, then discuss the wonderfully tolerant (and tasty!) houseplant that is the falseleaf shamrock aka Oxalis triangularis.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/fQIfHm
Want to learn how help your houseplants thrive? Jane Perrone's podcast can help. Find a full, thematic list of episodes at https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/get-started-with-on-the-ledge-podcast.
I continue the theme of houseplants for beginners this week, as Judy Feldstein of Houseplant411.com presents her ten commandments for houseplant care. I also answer a question about watering habits and fungus gnats.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/qP5JVh
I love delving into the details of growing houseplants, but this week I’m going back to basics, looking at five houseplants that any newbie grower can get started with. Judy Feldstein of Houseplant411.com joins me to discuss the plants and offer up some tips on their care. Plus, I answer a question about spiny growth on forest cacti with the help of expert Mark Preston.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/C0jtTl
I love strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera) so much I just had to dedicate a whole episode to this lovely plant: and question of the week concerns the beautiful dark-leaved foliage plant Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/IwTCqv
We’re all in no doubt that our houseplants are good for us, but are they good for the environment? This episode is the start of an occasional series looking at houseplants and sustainability: I’m starting by looking at peat use - can we find a viable alternative to this non-renewable resource? I talk to Sean Higgs, who's been growing carnivorous plants peat-free for many years. And I answer a question about the aerial roots on a monster Anthurium.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/nxLOjr
Red spider mites may not be visible with the naked eye, but they damage they can do to our houseplants is considerable. I get an insight into the world of the spider mite with the help of two entomologists, and find out how to keep houseplants mite-free. And I answer a question about easy trailing plants that are non-toxic to cats.
See here for full show notes: https://is.gd/h2hycv
Spider plants are cheap as chips and common as muck, and yet Chlorophytum comosum is also a treasured plant for many houseplant growers. I find out about the wonderful world of the spider plant, from which cultivars to choose to how to keep the leaf tips from going brown.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/7/5/episode-101-spider-plant-chlorophytum
On The Ledge hits 100 episodes! This week’s show is a celebration of all things OTL: I hear from lots of listeners about how the podcast has impacted on them, count down the top ten most downloaded episodes, and explain some of the things I’ve learned from making the podcast. And - find out how you can enter my giveaway for your chance to win a stylish LED growlight.
See full show notes at https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/6/28/episode-100-lets-celebrate
If you’re suffering from window envy, this is the episode for you! I talk to the Houseplant Guru, Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, about her new book Grow In The Dark, and all the wonderful plants you can grow even in dimly-lit rooms. Plus I answer a question about leaves with red undersides.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/w5HD94
I explore the botany of houseplant propagation with horticulturist Leslie Halleck and answer a question about a floppy calla lily.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/I3moeE
London-based garden designer Martha Krempel shows me her stunning indoor/outdoor garden, featuring some seriously big plants, including a towering succulent Euphorbia called Pablo. And I ask a question about how listeners document their houseplant care regime.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/iQY4XL
Jane Perrone chats to Baylor Chapman, author of new book Decorating With Plants and founder of California plant design studio Lila B Design, about plants for the bedroom. We finally smash the myth that houseplants shouldn’t be placed in bedrooms, discuss the challenges of finding plants to suit bedrooms, and put forward some clever ideas to green up your sleeping area without taking up too much room.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/5/31/episode-96-plants-for-bedrooms-with-baylor-chapman
I visit the Chelsea Flower Show to talk to three expert exhibitors about air plants, cacti and succulents, and answer a question about a Pilea with a poorly leaf.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/uFsHwh
In the second part of my interview with Peter D’Amato, founder of the nursery California Carnivores, I get Peter to answer listener questions about Nepenthes, discuss the weird world of naming carnivorous plants, and find out about a very unusual side project Peter has been working on.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/TxhPpJ
I chat to Peter D’Amato, founder of the nursery California Carnivores, one of world’s leading experts in venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews and more. We talk about how his obsession began, find out what happens when a rate gets stuck in a giant pitcher, and discover what a ‘crapivore’ is. Plus - I answer a question about repotting an Anthurium.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/KJrsbZ
I talk to houseplant stylist and Instagram sensation Hilton Carter about his new book Wild At Home, his plants and why indoor gardening is the perfect escape from the stresses of modern life. And I answer a question about a pelargonium with a problem.
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I talk to YouTube gardening sensation Huw Richards about growing herbs indoors and answer a question about a Dracaena that’s receiving unwanted attention from a pet. Plus a bonus bit of seed sowing for the OTL sowalong.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/0bfSCw
From tablets to foliar sprays, choosing what products to use when you fertilise houseplants can seem like a bit of a minefield. Leigh Hunt, the RHS’s principal horticultural advisor, joins me to explain why we need to feed houseplants in the first place, what they need and how to decode those numbers on the back of the packet! Plus I answer a question about aquascaping soil and bring you part four of the On The Ledge sowalong, looking at what to do once your seedlings have emerged.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/s2C6xV
This week is an On The Ledge sowalong extravaganza! We’re now getting to the nitty gritty - the actual seed sowing bit - so my dog Wolfie and I are off to my potting shed to see what’s sprouting there, plus I have special guest Robert Pavlis to answer a question about using wood ash on houseplants.
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African violets have been loved and nurtured by generations of houseplant growers, but they’ve got a reputation as plants that our grandparents love to grow: cute, maybe, but not cool.
That’s changing, though. Many of us are (re)discovering that African violets make wonderful houseplants! And now there’s more choice than ever before, as breeding programmes have created a rainbow of flower colours and styles, variegated leaves, tiny teacup plants and huge dinnerplate-sized ones.
I talked to African violet grower and show judge Annie Rieck about why she loves these plants, and how to grow them successfully. Annie has her own podcast called All About African Violets and has been growing them since the 1990s.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/Vhf2Cm
Do you remember that one key moment when you realised you wanted - or needed - to be surrounded by plants? In popular science writer Ruth Kassinger’s book Paradise Under Glass: The Education of an Indoor Gardener, she chronicles her transformation from very reluctant gardener to the keeping of a verdant conservatory - what she calls ‘her personal tropical paradise’.
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Rob Stacewicz’s London home is stuffed with gorgeous houseplants, but most of them are planted in groups. He gives me a tour, and explains why planting more than one specimen in the same container really works. Plus I answer a question about a bird of paradise.
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Forest cactus expert Mark Preston returns to talk about propagation, plus Hatiora, Lepismium and Rhipsalis. And I answer a question about getting hold of that must-have plant, Christia obcordata aka the butterfly plant.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/bNu9MS
I am joined by epiphytic cactus expert Mark Preston to talk about how to take care of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving cacti, aka Schlumbergera and Rhipsalidopsis. And I answer a question about baby spider plants.
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I talk to Scott Cain of Instagram accounts @tropicaloco and @boyswithplants about his houseplant collection, his new book and what it’s like keeping a whole forest of foliage plants alive on an Australian balcony. And I answer a question about a Monstera with dodgy leaves.
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Hoyas are shooting up the popularity charts, and so they should: these climbing and trailing vines have lovely foliage and flowers that are otherworldy and sometimes heavenly scented. Doug Chamberlain of Vermont Hoyas joins me to discuss his collection, his favourite species and how to care for these enchanting plants.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/vmC7sI
ZZ plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia? Botanical Latin can seem like a confusing alphabet soup that’s hard to say and even harder to figure out. But I love learning about the Latin names of houseplants, because there’s always something to learn about the history of the plant, who brought it into cultivation and what it looks like. With the help of guests John Wright and Daniel Sparler, this episode helps to demystify botanical Latin, explain why it’s important, and set you on the road to becoming a scholar of plant taxonomy - the science of naming plants.
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Michael Perry aka Mr Plant Geek joins me to share some of his insights into the houseplant scene in China, Japan and Thailand, from how much you’d pay for a 6ft Adenium in Thailand to how the Chinese are marketing houseplants to children. Plus I answer a jaw-dropping question from a listener who has a peace lily that’s anything but peaceful…
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/mIgKrc
One of the boons of indoor gardening is that this hobby really doesn’t necessitate a lot of kit: a watering can, some pots and some potting mix will get you started. But as your plant obsession grows, there are some gadgets that will help to keep your leafy charges happy and help you deal with routine maintenance. In this episode I highlight some of the gadgets I have found useful, from soil moisture testers to hand lenses. And I answer three questions: one about Calatheas, another on Aloe vera and a final one about variegation in Monsteras.
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We’ve all been there: the moment when that must-have houseplant leaps off the shelf and into your basket (real or virtual) and you have absolutely no idea how you are going to fit it into your home. In this episode I hear from a couple of listeners - Ehren Wessel and Letty Reynaldo - about their plant addictions, and I chat to hoarding expert Jo Cooke about how to know if you have a problem with hoarding houseplants, and what you can do to improve the situation.
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As it’s the final episode of the year, I thought I’d have some fun and discuss some of the houseplants that embody the Pantone colour of the year for 2019, ‘living coral’; plus I offer up some festive houseplant care tips and talk about what’s coming up in 2019 on the podcast.
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Whether you’re keeping records of houseplants’ growth or showing them off on social media, taking photographs indoors can be tricky. I speak to three plant photographers to find out their top tips on lighting, framing and focusing your shot - and learn about some simple, inexpensive pieces of kit that can help you up your game. Plus - I answer a question about a Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ that’s letting its name down by being anything but pink.
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You’ve read the headlines, but do houseplants really clean the air in your house? A Nasa study from decades ago is the oft-cited authority on the subject, but surely there must be some more recent research into the topic?
Thankfully, the answer is yes. Curtis Gubb is in the final year of a PhD at the University of Birmingham. He’s working on a project to discover whether houseplants really do have a positive effect on air quality, working in partnership with the RHS. I chatted to him about his research findings so far, and found out a bit more about the truth behind the headlines on air quality and houseplants as a route to healthy skin
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Professional aquascaper George Farmer turned his hobby into a successful career, becoming one of the stars of the aquarium scene. I visited his home in Cambridgeshire to find out where it all began, get some tips on how to get started with your first underwater landscape, and how his love of aquascaping helped him deal with PTSD in the wake of his previous career in active service as an RAF bomb disposal operative.
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I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; last week’s episode covered my trip to the Flora Holland show, and this week I’m talking about the plants I saw at the three nurseries we visited the following day - Amstel BV, Ubink and Vireo.
James Wong was there too so we got to geek out over houseplants together - fun!
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/JPo3hS
I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; it was an informative and fun trip, and a brilliant opportunity to understand the fascinating world of Dutch ornamental plant production. This week I’m talking about the plants I saw at the Flora Holland trade show during day one of the visit - next week I’ll cover the greenhouse growers we visited. Former OTL guest (I think we can now call him a regular…) James Wong was there too so we got to geek out over houseplants together - fun!
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/MBdUbl
Houseplants are all weird and wonderful, but there are some that outdo the rest for their ability to surprise us.
Dr Chris Thorogood is a botanist at Oxford Botanic Garden with a clever sideline in painting brilliant pictures of the plants he loves and studies: his new book, Weird Plants, is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to delve a bit deeper into some of the strangest corners of the botanical world.
In today’s episode I find out from Chris why engineers are studying the slippery qualities of Nepenthes pitchers, which creature uses Low’s pitcher plant as a toilet, and why Stapelia flowers look mouldy.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/P6okrd
I normally record On The ledge in my pyjamas with an unwashed face and a mug of tea at ten o’clock at night, so last Friday it was rather a novelty to be at the RHS halls in London, fully dressed and mostly clean, with a cocktail in my hand, recording an episode of On The Ledge in front of a live audience.
My guests were Alys Fowler, Birmingham-based gardener, garden writer and author of houseplant book Plant Love, and London-based horticulturist and garden designer Rob Stacewicz, both fellow plant addicts: I talked to Rob about his incredible UV Garden installation at the show showcasing, and finding out what’s on Alys’s plant Christmas list and taking questions from the audience.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/xPyl3u
If you’ve listened to episode after episode of me talking about my plants, and have wondered exactly what my plant collection looks like, now is your chance. (I did do a kitchen houseplant tour back in episode 38 but lots of plants have been moved since then…)
In this episode I offer up a tour of my kitchen and half of my sun room plants, and you can watch a video on YouTube as well as listening to an audio account here.
See here for full show notes: https://is.gd/ETbQKX
It’s the time of year when we do the houseplant shuffle - that desperate effort to get all the houseplants safely inside before they are ripped apart by winter winds or rendered crinkly with an overnight frost. In this episode I demonstrate how I get a plant ready to come inside, and talk to Norwegian nursery owner and houseplant collector Tommy Tonsberg about how he gets his plants through the long winter.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/W9TYIX
The first challenge with this plant is mastering its Latin name! The genus Epiphyllum belongs to the forest or orchid cacti, named for their orchid-like stems. Anguliger means ‘angle bearing’ and if you’ve seen the flattened stems of this plant you’ll know why! Its striking zigzag or ric rac patterns make E. anguliger a popular feature on Instagram.
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Sedum morganianum was a bit of a botanical mystery until ten years ago. No one really knew where it grew in the wild, although it was believed to live in Veracruz in Mexico. Then a couple of botanists stumbled across some specimens growing in a ravine near Coatepec in Veracruz, Mexico. Read the full tale - including how the plant was first found and brought into cultivation in 1935 - in this piece from the International Crassulaceae Network.
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As the Latin name suggests, in its native Brazil this tiny Peperomia grows by creeping around on the ground and along tree bark. That said, it grows brilliantly as a trailing pot plant, and is so diminutive that it’s perfect for keeping ‘on the ledge’. It’s a member of the pepper family, so you may seen this sold as ‘trailing pepper plant’.
If you squint you might mistake it for string of hearts, and the stems are equally as wiry, but the leaves are fleshier and rounder - some compare the shape and variegation to a turtle’s back!
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The flame violet holds its own among any variegated plant you can name, and yet for some reason they are not as popular as they should be! These members of the Gesneriad clan grow in central America where they tend to romp around at ground level, but they also make brilliant trailing plants. The ‘cupreata’ bit means coppery, reflecting the metallic tones of the foliage.
They have been bred extensively to create many beautiful hybrids: some majoring on the flowers, but mostly it’s the foliage that’s the central attraction.
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String of hearts, hearts entangled, chain of hearts … there are so many common names for this popular trailing plant. It’s simple to grow, widely available and endlessly fascinating.
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This plant grows in the Himalayan region and is an epiphyte, dangling from trees like green furry tinsel.
Mine hasn’t flowered yet, but I am looking forward to the clusters of starry white flowers that are reputedly lemon-scented.
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It’s trailing plants week! We’re looking at seven iconic trailing plants across the week, in bite-sized daily mini-episodes. First up: string of pearls, aka Senecio rowleyanus.
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You’ve gathered an awesome collection of houseplants, learning how to care for each and every one (with a few casualties along the way!) but what next? Propagation - the art and science of making more plants from the ones you already have - is a great way of getting to know your plants better, bulking up your collection and providing gifts for friends and family.
I interview Rose Ray and Caro Langton of green interiors firm Ro Co about their new book Root, Nurture, Grow.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/Z6pqKf
Phalaenopsis orchids are the most ubiquitous of flowering houseplants: love them or hate them, you can’t escape their good qualities, from their ability to survive in the home to the long-lasting flowers. In this episode I gather the best care tips for your moth orchids, decode all the Phalaenopsis jargon and find out whether you really do need to water these plants with ice cubes (spoiler alert: the answer is no).
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/1Debhs
Darryl Cheng - timelapse photographer extraordinaire, Instagram maven and houseplant doctor - is my guest this week.
We discuss everything from why instructions to grow a plant in ‘bright indirect light’ don’t really help houseplant growers with the dangers of anthropomorphising plants.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/eO4Bqd
Palms are one of the most enduringly popular houseplants: stars of the Victorian glasshouse, darlings of the art deco hotel dining room and now denizens of terrariums and terraces alike. This week's episode looks at some of the most commonly available palms to grow as houseplants, finds out how to look after them, and investigates some of the more unusual members of the clan. My guest, botanist Scott Zona, is a Miami, Florida-based palm expert.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/1OuiKM
'Campfire' ... 'Spiced Curry' ... 'Alabama Sunset' ... 'Dipt in Wine' ... no, I am not reminiscing about my summer holiday, I am of course talking about varieties of the fantastic plant that is the Coleus. I was once rather dismissive of these plants, but in recent years I've come to realise how wrong I was. Dr Hessayon calls Coleus 'the poor man's Croton' and he's right - they are a lot cheaper and easier to grow! They come in a fascinating range of shapes and colours, from 'Dark Chocolate' to 'Pink Chaos'
Many people treat them as annuals, and they are cheap and easy to grow enough that there's no shame in this approach, but it's also possible to overwinter your Coleus going over winter. I sowed a packet of 'Rainbow Mix' Coleus seed as part of this spring's On The Ledge sowalong and it's further cemented my love of this plant family.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/siVOTH
Leslie Halleck's book Gardening Under Lights (published by Timber Press) is a really welcome book for those of us who haven't fully dipped our toes into the confusing world of artificial light for our plants.
In this episode, I find out about what kind of light houseplants need, investigate the pros and cons of the difference types from LECs to LEDs and beyond, and discuss how cannabis growing fits into the picture.
I also find out whether you need to invest in a light meter, whether IKEA's LED offering is worth a look, and whether it's possible to buy a non-ugly growlight!
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/gO6t1K
Carnivorous plants don't get more colourful, clever and downright dramatic than the tropical pitcher plants, aka Nepenthes.
Domonick Gravine, founder of Nepenthes nursery RedLeaf Exotics, has been running his business for about 18 months now, bringing Nepenthes to a whole new generation of growers. I talk to him about his favourite plants and how to care for them.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/ZRrPLi
Colin Walker has been growing succulents for 50 years, and he just happens to be the president of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. I interviewed him this week to find out about his two specialisms, Aloes and Agaves, and also found out about his penchant for putting succulents in odd containers such as teapots - and why cat litter can help with your succulent propagation (as long as you get the right type).
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/wx2uJL
Ferns. Love them, hate them, want them to go away and stop taunting you with their crispy leaves? This week I am attempting to give serial fern killers hope by discussing some tips and tricks to keep ferns happy, interviewing someone who's got their fern game sorted, and naming some of the species I find just that bit easier to keep alive.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/hw6vGr
I've come to a bit of a standstill this week: I don't know if it's the heatwave the UK has been going through, the pressure of making a weekly podcast or England's exit from the World Cup, but it's left me feeling rather weary.
So I thought I'd dedicate this episode to some really quick and easy projects for indoor growers that take two to five minutes to complete, and (mostly) use items that you may well have in your storecupboard, or can be bought from your local market. It's nice to plan out and complete complex, high-maintenance indoor gardening, as per James Wong's brilliant projects in the last two episodes, but sometimes it's great to do something that's what I call a 'quick win'.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/d4iFoU
I had so much fun and fascinating stuff to chat about with expert botanist and houseplant maverick James Wong that I am bringing you another chunk of our chat this week. If you haven't yet listened to Part One of my visit to James Wong's flat, please do so before you click play on this.
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British-Malaysian botanist James Wong is sparking a one-man houseplant revolution. With no outside space to garden, for the last 18 months James has been focusing all his horticultural energies into many fascinating plant experiments inside his small London flat.
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Regular listeners to On The Ledge podcast will have heard me waffle on many times about how much I love Streptocarpus. The name may be easily confused with a throat infection (it actually refers to the plant's twisted seedpod) but this genus is an under-appreciated gem of the houseplant world.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/TtthWz
Behind an unassuming bungalow near Poole in Dorset, Mike Clifford's garden may measure up to just 65ft long, but it's absolutely packed full of wonderful plants, both in greenhouses and outside.
Mike is a huge fan of all kinds of tropical plants, but he's got a particular penchant for big-leaved plants such as the tree dandelion (yes there is such a thing) and the tree fern. I was privileged to get a tour of Mike's garden and greenhouses, meeting everything from his huge American pitcher plants to his iridescent begonia species.
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Buying plants online is ridiculously easy - a few clicks and some fancy foliage plant or flowery specimen is on its way to you in the post. But it's a process that's fraught with potential problems. I recently did an interview for the BBC* about problems with online garden centres, but it was such a short chat that I really didn't get the chance to give many of the tips and suggestions I have up my sleeve, so I thought it was a good time to return to the subject here on On The Ledge.
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This week's episode sounds a little bit different - as it's half term and I have a relative staying who is sleeping in my office where I usually record the podcast, I headed out to the potting shed for the intro and Q&A. I hope you enjoy the early morning background noise of birds singing!
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The Chelsea Flower Show is the world's most famous gardening event, but houseplants are starting to make big inroads into this fixture in the horticultural calendar. I visited the show to check out the indoor gardening displays in the Great Pavilion, and met up with friend of the show, Alys Fowler.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/GOxQf1
Whether you're a hashtag natural or tend to get your Monsteramonday mixed up with philodendronfriday, Instagram is a bit of a jungle for houseplant lovers: fun to negotiate but sometimes rather confusing. I talk to Kimberley Aston aka kingstreetjungle, who's a houseplant lover of the Instagram generation, and one of the faces behind smash hit accounts philomedron and therealhouseplantsofig. For full show notes visit https://janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/5/18/episode-49-houseplants-and-instagram-with-kimberley-aston
One of the best ways of learning how to care about your houseplants is to find out more about how they live in their native habitats. If you can't go and visit them in the wild, a trip to a botanic garden such as Kew in London is the next best thing. The Temperate House at Kew is a huge Victorian glasshouse that's home to thousands of plants from temperate climes, including many plants you'd recognise from your collections.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/hzZK34
One of the many satisfying things about succulents is just how easy they are to propagate: this week I take a look at how to propagate succulents from existing plant material, aka cuttings.
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When Matthew Pottage, the curator of RHS garden Wisley, invited me to visit, I jumped at the chance: Wisley in Surrey is one of the UK's best known gardens, with a very fine glasshouse full of choice tropical and subtropical plants, and some impressive plans for expansion in the coming years. But most important of all, I happened to know that Matthew is a fellow houseplant enthusiast.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/jkPiwl
So, you've ended up with a home full of houseplants, but how do you display them to make the most of their best features? I talk to North London-based interior designer and houseplant enthusiast Emilie Fournet about statement plants, why the fiddle leaf fig is the plant of the moment, how to match pots with plants, and when it's absolutely OK to use fake plants (yes really!).
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/pMWDT4
When Alice Vincent asked me to take part in a panel discussion at the Garden Museum about houseplant trends past, present and future, I couldn't have been more excited, and when I heard my fellow speaker was Catherine Horwood I nearly bit her hand off. This week you can hear the discussion that took place.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/J2BWfq
It all started with a single fiddle leaf fig. Now Summer Rayne Oakes has hundreds of houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment, plus a chicken. Yes a chicken! I talk to Summer Rayne about how it all began, how to keep maidenhair ferns alive, the cool things you can grow in a vivarium, and why chickens and Calatheas don't mix in this week's show.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/fCBFgH
Jane Perrone talks to Mohamed Osman, who began to create an indoor jungle in his apartment in Cairo while recuperating from a heart attack.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/1ILST4
The Maranta group, aka the prayer plants, all share an incredible plant superpower: they can open and shut their leaves. They're also one of THE houseplants of the moment, because they all have intricately patterned leaves that the current generation of houseplant fans just love. This is my rundown of the four clans of Maranta, plus I answer a question about a cactus with brown spots.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/3/22/episode-41-the-maranta-group
Can cats and houseplants happily coexist in your home? Jane Perrone finds out what plants are - and aren't - safe for cats. And the Q&A covers a question about repotting a Calathea. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/3/16/episode-40-cats-and-houseplants
I talk to Matt Candeias, host of botanically brilliant podcast In Defense of Plants about everything from why we're both serial Begonia killers to why his family have finally stopped buying him moth orchids for his birthday. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/3/9/episode-39-matt-candeias-of-in-defense-of-plants-podcast
I blabber on about houseplants every week on On The Ledge, but I thought it was about time I gave you a room-by-room account of the houseplants I own. I start this week with the kitchen, where I have more than 25 plants on the go at the moment.
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I talk to florist and planting designer Carolyn Dunster about the ancient Japanese art of kokedama and answer listener questions about aphids and a 'crying' Alocasia. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/2/23/episode-37-kokedama
In early January I made a resolution for 2018 that I would grow as many houseplants from seed as possible. Fast forward a month and a half and I'm devoting a whole episode to the topic of growing your own houseplants from seed. I look at what you need to get started; what water, compost and containers to use; how to sow and what to do once your seed germinate.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/OP88Aa
Kevin Espiritu of epicgardening.com gives the lowdown on what hydroponics is, how it works and what you need to get started. Plus a listener question about an unhappy fern.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/2/9/episode-35-hydroponics
In her day job, Isabel Hardman is immersed in the serious world of politics, but she's also a botany nut. That's why she set up the #wildflowerhour weekly chat on Twitter. I chat to her about why houseplants bring her contentment, why living next to Kew gardens is a nightmare, and why I am responsible for her growing houseplant addiction.
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/kQ3UJz
I'm tackling questions about how to divide Alocasias, whether golden pothos can hang as well as climb, and more.
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2018/1/26/episode-33-qa-special
Venus flytraps - Latin name Dionea muscipula - are fascinating, fun, but infuriating when they just won't stay alive for long. I turned to Tom Bennet of Tom's Carnivores for some excellent advice on the conditions they need.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/iQqAx8
The Tradescantia group isn't some kind of sketchy set of illuminati figures worthy of a Dan Brown novel, it's a group of houseplants with a plethora of different names: inch plants, spiderworts, purple heart, teddy bear vine, and more. Find out how to look after them, which ones to choose and what to do when things go wrong, from spider mite to spindly stems.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/eAYaMA
What's on your houseplant wishlist for 2018? I share my plans for the coming year, and pass on plant-related resolutions from listeners and other gardening podcasters, including Ben Dark of the Garden Log podcast, Peter Donegan of the Sod Show, and Isabel Hardman of the Wild Flower Half Hour podcast.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/DRlwGf
When days are short, gloomy and cold, there's a lot to be said for fixating on your indoor plants. And Christmas is a great excuse to treat yourself to some new plants: be it something traditional such as poinsettias and Christmas cactus, or something a bit more, well, trendy, like terrariums and succulents.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/12/20/episode-29-christmas-houseplants
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is the Houseplant Guru: she describes herself as being a little obsessed with houseplants although I know that she’s under-exaggerating for effect! I chatted to Lisa about her huge plant collection, why there’s no such thing as a black thumb, and why feeding sick plants is a bad idea. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/12/15/episode-28-lisa-eldred-steinkopf-the-houseplant-guru
The thrill of buying new houseplants quickly turns to horror when the plant promptly drops all its leaves once you get it home. Jane Perrone gives her top tips for taking care of newly-bought houseplants, from the shop to your shelf. And a question about a floppy Aloe vera prompts a bit of a singalong...
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/EL0XQz
Houseplants come, houseplants go, but there are some that stick with you through thick and thin. I've talked to people about the longlived leafy friends: where they came from, how they kept them going and what they mean to them.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/z4HkrY
It's easy to overwater houseplants, especially at this time of year when many of them are having a rest, temperatures and light levels are lower and less water's required. In this episode, I look at a few of the thorny issues around watering, such as whether it's better to water with rainwater or tap water, what temperature the water should be, and how to tell if your houseplants need watering in the first place.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/11/24/episode-25-watering
On The Ledge heads for the big smoke to talk to Gynelle Leon and find out more about her fabulous cactus and succulent shop, Prick. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/11/17/episode-24-prick-cactus-shop-and-gynelle-leon
My guest this week is Mr Plant Geek, aka Michael Perry. We discuss the big trends in houseplants, why we should be growing cacti from seed, and why mainstream media still haven't latched on to indoor gardening. Plus a Q&A on a ponytail palm with an identity crisis.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/5n0lXT
All those nagging houseplant questions - why is my succulent leggy and wan? What kind of Monstera do I really have? Why is my Pilea looking peaky? - are answered in this Q&A special.
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/10/19/episode-22-qa-special
Alys Fowler is a gardener and garden writer who I first met when she became the gardening columnist at the Guardian, and I was gardening editor. Her new book on houseplants, Plant Love, is out now - I visited her at home to talk about why top-selling houseplants are like tights, how Instagram has made variegated leaves popular and why propagating cuttings in water works (despite my doubts).
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/a1FQK0
Margaret Roach of awaytogarden.com has a garden of two-plus acres in New York state, yet she still manages to find time for houseplants. We find out about her obsession with caudiciform (or "fat") plants and compare notes on begonias and clivias.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/rYJ4f8
Fungus gnats float about your houseplants in clouds and ruin the cool indoor jungle vibe you’ve been aiming for. I find out what they are, what they do and how to eradicate them from your plants.
For full show notes, visit http://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/9/29/episode-nineteen-fungus-gnats
Well, autumn is here which means it's time to start getting your succulents and cacti winter-ready. It's also time to start preparing the Christmas cactus for flowering, so I explain how it's done, and answer a question about a mushy cactus... sounds serious. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/2017/9/23/episode-eighteen-preparing-succulents-and-cacti-for-winter
Instagram is awash with it; but where do you lay your hands on a specimen of the Chinese money plant, Pilea peperomioides? Despite the Chinese money plant’s superstar status, the story of how it came to be so popular isn’t so well known. I find out more about this fabulous plant from Dr Phil Cribb of Kew Gardens, who helped track down its origins.
See full show notes here: https://is.gd/ai7kzM
If you've blown your houseplant budget for the year on a beautiful Boston fern or a towering Euphorbia, this week's show will help you get your new plant fix without spending a penny. Although they grow to 20 metres tall in their native central America, avocados make surprisingly good houseplants - a little like a bargain basement fiddle leaf fig, if you will. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/9/8/episode-sixteen-grow-your-own-avocado-plant
In this week’s show I explore the world’s love-hate relationship with cacti, find out why one Australian state banned them altogether, and ponder whether this plant family could actually be the answer to the world’s food shortage. And question of the week is back, we’ll be finding out what fool proof plants are best for a newbie houseplant grower.
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/wiyLoD
This week I want take a look at that inbetween space for plants - the balcony. It’s not quite indoors, but not really outdoors either - the spot where houseplants and herbs, bamboo and begonias meet. And who better to talk to than Alice Vincent, who writes about urban gardening for the Telegraph and is also the author of book How To Grow Stuff, and on Instagram where she’s known as @noughticulture. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/8/3/episode-fourteen-balcony-gardening-with-alice-vincent
Ethnobotanist James Wong has got some really thought-provoking things to say about why we grow the houseplants we do - think of the ubiquitous spider plant and umbrella plant - and predictions about where houseplant horticulture may be headed next. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/7/21/episode-thirteen-james-wong
The Succulent Guy aka Robin Stockwell is the man credited with making succulents sexy. I talk to Robin about his legendary - and enormous - globe of succulents, why you shouldn’t get an Agave mixed up with an Aloe, and why there’s transatlantic difference of opinion about size among Sempervivum breeders. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/7/5/succulents-robin-stockwell
This week's show takes a confessional turn from the start when I admit I have NOT ONE PLANT in my bathroom. It's mainly because I lack a windowsill in there, but this really is no excuse. I talk to plantsman Robbie Blackhall-Miles about the plants that fill his two bathrooms, and find out more about Tillandsias or air plants from Graham Sigsworth nursery Crafty Plants in Lancashire, England.
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/0fnC2I
Conservatories have got an image problem... gardener Anne Wareham got so fed up with hers she had it knocked down and rebuilt. I talk to Anne about how she planned her new conservatory and her cunning an thrifty solution to the issue of shelving.
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/2rF0Zl
On The Ledge goes back to basics this week: I interview writer and gardener Katherine Price about her new book Get Plants: How to Bring Green Into Your Life, published by Kew. We major on succulents, covering how to pronounce "kalanchoe", the symbolism of the sempervivum and how to get in tune with your plants.
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/fBgMn5
I spent two days at the Chelsea Flower Show and managed to meet a few fellow houseplant fans and grab interviews with some of the experts displaying their plants. What a treat!
For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/5/23/episode-eight-chelsea-flower-show-2017
I talk to a newbie chilli grower who has taken the pursuit of chilli greatness almost as seriously as he takes his job as an Apache helicopter pilot, and chilli expert David Floyd, author of chilli guide book 101 Chillies To Try Before You Die. Full show notes here: https://is.gd/b5QXHY
This week's show is all about containers for your plants - learning about their history with cultural historian Dr Catherine Horwood and discussing the best ways of making your houseplant collection shelfie-worthy with Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design.
See full show notes here: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/4/28/episode-six-pots
I find out what yellowing leaves mean in a houseplant, confess to sawing a peace lily in half and get the lowdown on plant pests from Veronica Peerless, author of new book How Not To Kill Your Houseplant. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/4/6/episode-five-how-not-to-kill-your-houseplant-with-veronica-peerless
My guest this week is the lovely Mark Diacono of Otter Farm in Devon in the southwest of the UK - a grower, food and garden writer and microgreen enthusiast. I get busy sowing pea shoots, and answer a question about propagating Aloe vera.
Full show notes here: https://is.gd/wCIAxj
I find out about all the gross things office workers do to their plants with horticulturist Lou Nicholls; tap the expertise of Christopher Satch, plant scientist at The Sill in New York, and find out whether there's science to back up the widely-held belief that plants in the office make us happy.
See full show notes at: https://is.gd/KWhMNx
This week we move from the enclosed world of the terrariums of last week's show to the weird, wild world of Monstera deliciosa, aka the Swiss cheese plant or split leaf philodendron. I answer a question about a poorly venus flytrap and find out what to do when your Swiss cheese plant reaches the ceiling. For full show notes, visit https://is.gd/cSkGza
In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table - now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office reception desks. I find how these clever little contraptions were invented, what you can grow in them and how to get your very first terrarium set up.
See full show notes at https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/terrariums