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Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life with episodes of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration.
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So we’ve all been in a garden center and picked up a plant, or had a friend give us a cutting and look at the plant in our hands and think “ummm what is this thing?” Today’s episode is all about learning some basic skills for identifying houseplants and how to observe our plants in order to get to know them better. We are joined by Derek of The Crazy Botanist for a higher level conversation about basic houseplant identification, and how to change our thinking around plants to see them for their leaf shapes, flowers and other identifying factors instead of just a name. This episode is a nice palate cleanser that encourages us to zoom out in our relationship to plants, in addition to the intense nerdy specifics we always like to deep dive on. I hope you enjoy it.   In this episode we learn: [02:05] Introducing Derek and episode key ideas [04:17] How Derek got into the plant parent life, where his obsession with plants started, and how he uses his degree in Botany! [06:23] How are plants classified? What is binomial nomenclature and how is it used to classify any living organism? [09:32] Derek breaks down the hierarchy of binomial nomenclature and the questions related to each denomination [12:54] What should we be looking for when identifying houseplants? What should we keep in mind when describing plants for identification? [15:33] What is the best—and easiest!—way to identify leaves? [17:39] Derek emphasizes the importance of proper communication in plant identification [18:26] Why Maria recommends having screen-free time with your plants [19:06] Derek shares his method of identification when going plant shopping—which you can also do! [21:07] A short history of plant identification methods and how the internet has made plant identification easier today [23:24] Where to get the most amazing indoor and outdoor gardening products and the best potting mixes [24:24] The best resource for your seed starting this season [26:30] How do you identify the flowers in your houseplants? Derek enumerates some factors that will help you with flower identification. [33:10] What identifying factors should you look for in stems? Do snake plants even have stems? [35:06] What are some houseplants that don’t look alike but are actually closely related? [37:03] Are there plants that look alike but are not related? Of course! [38:52] How do you tell maranta, calathea, ctenanthe, and stromanthe apart? [42:59] Where does The Crazy Botanist go for plant identification resources? [46:26] Derek reiterates the importance of accessible and understandable scientific communication [48:00] A little begonia identification lesson with help from the American Begonia Society! [51:20] Maria reflects on plant identification and how it helps us become better plant parents and better members of the plant community Mentioned in our conversation: American Begonia Society Leaf types and flower identification document Derek provided Sleep Whispers Podcast Thank you to our episode sponsors: Territorial Seed Company Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today's episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! It's already time to start planning your 2021 garden! For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off. Espoma Organic Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here. Follow Derek Instagram @thechocolatebotanist Facebook thecrazybotanist The Crazy Botanist Youtube   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
When I think Jungle Vibes, anthuriums always come to mind. Their large leaves, mesmerizing vein patterns in the leaves, long slim stems and gorgeous flowers have such a prehistoric look to them. There is so much more to the world of Anthuriums besides the one you can always pick up in the grocery store, so today we welcome back the queen of the aroids, Enid from NSE tropicals to do a deep dive on Anthurium care. NSE Tropicals is one of the most sought after rare plant provider in the US. Restocks routinely sell out in minutes and we are lucky that the mastermind behind it, Enid joins us today for an in depth discussion. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast, because Enid will be back next month, to discuss Alocasia care! In this episode we learn: How Maria’s wishlist plants have changed since she first started collecting [02:15] How you can help grow the Bloom and Grow Radio community! [04:00] Enid shares the wonderful story behind the NSE Tropicals, and its 21 year-old plant collecting history! [05:11] Why anthuriums are starting to be a big trend within the plant community [06:22] The interesting environment and origins of anthuriums [06:56] Basic care tips for indoor anthuriums on soil mix and humidity [11:05] Enid’s quick plant hack on increasing humidity [13:19] How to properly water your anthuriums [14:32] What’s the optimal humidity level for indoor anthuriums? [16:37] Do different varieties of anthuriums need different types of light? [18:08] Enid shares her own observations between anthuriums in a greenhouse versus anthuriums in open-air setups [19:19] Why plant parents should always consider the natural environment of their plants [20:06] Where to best get your garden planting needs this season! [21:08] Enid explains why your leaves shouldn’t feel hot to the touch [23:27] How to REALLY know your plants according to Enid [24:11] Are anthurium leaves drooping normal? How do you differentiate between an unhappy plant and normal plant behavior? [25:31] The nasty pests you should be looking out for when taking care of anthuriums and how to get rid of them the right way [27:10] General fertilizer tips for anthuriums and Enid’s recommended brands [29:08] What is pollination for? What are inflorescences? [30:19] Enid’s top 3 anthurium recommendations for beginner plant parents [34:24] Enid’s top 3 anthurium recommendations for advanced plant parents [35:12] Maria shares her future anthurium plans and what to expect from the next episode with Enid [37:03] Mentioned in our conversation: BAGR Episode Aroids 101 Part 1 BAGR Episode Aroids 101 Part 2 NSE Tropicals Thank you to our episode sponsor: Territorial Seed Company Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today's episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! It's already time to start planning your 2021 garden! For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off. Follow Enid Instagram and Facebook: @NSETropicals  https://www.nsetropicals.com/index.html Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
So many of us got bitten by the outdoor gardening bug last year and learned there is no better way to connect with the food we eat.. then by growing it. My passion for growing edible plants has grown, like my space has. My first garden was a tiny box full of herbs and one tomato plant on our tiny balcony three years ago, and since then, the balcony containers grew, and now I’m excited to be in our first home with acres to farm this summer. Starting these edible plants from seed has been a bit intimidating, but in my efforts to continue growing as a plant parent, I’m ready to take the plunge and dive in. Starting from seed offers us the ability to be in control of the varieties we grow, plan in advance and save lots of money in the long run. My dear friend and mentor Joe Lamp’l- the "joe behind joe gardener" is the king of organic gardening and has an amazing seed starting course launching this week and was kind enough to stop by and give us the inside scoop on seed starting basics, and inspire us to deepen our curiosity about where food comes from and empower us to grow it ourselves. If this episode or topic inspires you... join me in Joe's 2021 Master Seed Starting Course! Enrollment is only a week long and closes February 2nd, 2021!  Use my affiliate link here and get access to the private zoom call with Joe and Myself specifically for our  Bloom and Grow Community! We will have the call in March, after we have all binged the course, and troubleshoot our specific questions with Joe and grow as a community together! In this episode we learn: [00:00:10] Maria shares her favorite experiences and benefits of seed starting [00:02:11] Where to get the best seeds for your spring and summer gardens this year [00:06:20] Joe demystifies seed starting and why you shouldn’t be nervous about starting your own garden! [00:07:24] What Joe does for a living and where you can check out for more of his gardening tips [00:09:39] Why Joe emphasizes understanding the why’s of gardening and plant parenthood [00:10:17] Maria shares her own experience with growing seeds and why she didn’t give it a ‘real shot’ prior [00:11:12] Joe talks about the rewarding feeling of starting from a seed versus seedling [00:12:43] The sense of ownership that seed starting instills in us [00:13:31] How growing your own garden expands your food choices [00:14:26] What Maria learned about seed starting versus seedlings when she grew her own tomatoes [00:16:47] Joe answers the question we’re all thinking about: how much do we need for a successful seed starting setup? [00:16:56] Breaking down the materials, the costs, the alternatives, and the conditions you need for seed starting [00:22:14] What kind of soil is ideal for seed starting? [00:24:10] Joe’s recommendations for seed tray sizes, compartment depth, and seed tray materials [00:28:06] When is the best time to start on your seeds? What is the most important date you need to know when growing your own seeds? [00:30:20] Where Maria is sourcing her seeds from for this gardening season [00:33:55] Do seeds have an expiration date? Joe emphasizes the importance of buying seeds from a good and established company [00:35:40] Do we need to be looking out for non-GMO seeds? [00:36:19] Is it possible to grow the seed of a fruit that you just ate? Joe discusses the difference between hybrid and open pollinated non-hybrid [00:38:17] Now that you’ve got your seed starting setup, how do you put your seeds in the soil? [00:39:01] What is the ideal light situation for seed starting? [00:39:38] The step-by-step process of seed starting, what you should expect when you’ve planted your seeds, and the most intensive part of the process according to Joe [00:43:10] The process of thinning and why Maria finds it SO frustrating [00:45:38] Is there a right and only way to germinate your seeds? For Maria’s mom, a damp towel in a Ziploc bag is the way to go [00:46:30] How to check if your seeds are still good [00:47:50] How does cold stratification work and why do some plants need it? Joe explains the what’s, the why’s, and the how’s of this process [00:49:46] What you can learn from Joe’s Master Seed Starting class [00:50:38] The importance of building an engaged and active community of seed starters [00:54:57] An exciting offer from Joe and Maria on how to be a better seed starter! [00:57:41] What Maria is excited about with her seed starting this season!                 Mentioned in our conversation: Take the Master Seed Starting Course with me! Enrollment is only a week long and closes February 2nd, 2021!  Use my affiliate link here and get access to the private zoom call with Joe and Myself specifically for our  Bloom and Grow Community! We will have the call in March, after we have all binged the course, and troubleshoot our specific questions with Joe and grow as a community together! BAGR Episode Living, Potted Christmas Trees with Joe Lamp’l BAGR Episode Fall Garden Plants and Projects with Joe Lamp’l BAGR Episode Talking Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier and My MOM Cultivating Place Podcast by Jennifer Jewell   Thank you to our episode sponsors: These two sponsors are the perfect combination for seed starting! Use Espoma Organic Seed Starting mix paired with Territorial Seed Company seeds and seed starting accessories! That's what I'll be doing! Territorial Seed Company Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today's episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! It's already time to start planning your 2021 garden! For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off. Espoma Organic Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.   Follow Joe Take the Master Seed Starting Course with me! Enrollment is only a week long and closes February 2nd, 2021!  Use my affiliate link here and get access to the private zoom call with the Bloom and Grow Community with Joe and Myself to troubleshoot our questions after we take the course!   joe gardener website - joegardener.com The joe gardener show Podcasts - joegardener.com/podcast joe gardener Newsletter - https://growingagreenerworld.lpages.co/joegardener-group-membership-sign-up/ joe gardener Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/joegardenerTV/ joe gardener Facebook Group -https://www.facebook.com/groups/joegardener/ joe gardener Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/joegardener/ joe gardenerTV YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/joegardenerTV  joe gardener Twitter - https://twitter.com/joegardener joe gardener Online Gardening Academy - joegardener.com/learn Growing a Greener World - growingagreenerworld.com GGWTV YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/ggwtv Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
So we have said goodbye to 2020 and all of the insanity that came with it, but there is something we haven’t said goodbye to: working from home. Many companies have pledged to work from home well into 2021, leaving us sitting in  our sweatpants, computer monitors and weird makeshift home offices with reluctant acceptance. People are spending more time than EVER indoors and at their screens, and that’s why it’s never been MORE important to have plants not only in our homes, but in our work from home office set ups. Since WFH isn't going anywhere, in 2021, I'm choosing to reframe it from a frustration to an opportunity. An opportunity to have complete control over our WFH environment and create our desk space oasis to look exactly like we want it. Today’s episode is all about the why and how behind bringing plants into our workspaces, whether you are still working from home or are back in your office. Cobbling together a work from home set up was STRESSFUL in 2020, in our old apartment  I had a desk that folded up into the wall, so I couldn’t even decorate and settle in the way I wanted. But now, as we turn the page to 2021, let’s shake things up create some stress free and  joyful moments in our lives! For me the solution here has been plants and something that blew me away recently is how many people in our community are going HAM on their workspaces with plants. I posted my planty wfh set up on IG in December, asking if anyone else created a jungle oasis at their desk the way I did in 2020, and SO many of you sent pictures of your amazing planty home office set ups, and asked for help and ideas for how to set up your own. So this episode is for you plant friends, inspired by you and members of our community, and I hope everyone walks away from this episode with one idea to incorporate a little more green into their daily workflow.  I’ve broken this episode into two sections: the WHY where we dive into the reasons why having plants are so important in our space and talk a little about biophilic design and then part two the HOW. I share ideas inspired from the WHY section, break down the ways I incorporated plants and biophilic design into my home office and then review some photos listeners sent in and hope their setups might inspire you as well.  Get the free download with 9 Tips for Greening Up Your Work From Home Office Space In the episode we learn: [02:07] Why Bloom and Grow Radio is doing an episode on #plantywfh spaces [04:39] Check out Maria’s Planty WFH space tour [05:03] What to expect from this episode on work from home setups and biophilic design [06:50] The AMAZING and unbelievable benefits of engaging with plants and biophilic design, according to 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design [07:27] What is biophilia, the idea behind it, and the important figures behind this wonderful hypothesis [09:24] The psychological role of plants in our creativity [10:09] How being around nature and scenery affects patient recovery, as studied by Dr. Ulrich in 1972 to 1981 [11:13] A review of direct versus involuntary attention based on studies by Stephen R. Kellert and Rachel Kaplan [13:41] Biophilic Pattern #1: Visual Connection with Nature [13:54] Planty WFH Tip #1: Put your desk near a window [14:15] Planty WFH Tip #2: Put plants within the eyeline of your desk [14:33] Planty WFH Tip #3: Have a green wall in your office [14:56] Planty WFH Tip #4: If you can’t have real plants, pictures of plants will do! [15:09] Biophilic Pattern #2: Non-Visual Connection with Nature [15:26] Planty WFH Tip #5: Play nature sounds like the one-square inch forest silence in the Olympic National Park, bird songs, or waves [16:36] Planty WFH Tip #6: Have different plant scents nearby, or you can use a diffuser like Maria!) [16:53] Biophilic Pattern #3: Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli  [17:09] Planty WFH Tip #7: Set up bird feeders or pollinator-attracting plants, or take care of rare-blooming plants for a nice surprise [17:39] Biophilic Pattern #4: Thermal and Air Flow Variability [17:59] Biophilic Pattern #5: Presence of Water [18:07] Planty WFH Tip #8: It’s your humidifier’s time to shine! Maybe a tiny fancy plug-in fountain? [18:40] Biophilic Pattern #6: Dynamic and Diffuse Light [18:52] Planty WFH Tip #9: Install a grow light with a timer, and have a more sustainable work hours setup! [19:12] Planty WFH Tip #10: Reduce your blue light intake and light candles after a long day of work [19:33] Biophilic Pattern #7: Connection with Natural Systems [19:47] Biophilic Pattern #8: Biomorphic Forms and Patterns [19:56] Did you know there are interesting and precise angles in nature? [20:35] Biophilic Pattern #9: Material Connection with Nature [21:07] Planty WFH Tip #11: Add accents in your home office like wood grains, fossil textures, and bamboo rattans [21:30] Planty WFH Tip #12: Try a natural color palette of greens and browns [21:50] How Maria and Billy managed their storage during their move [24:52] Biophilic Pattern #10: Prospect [25:04] Why it’s important to change the focus of your eyes every once in a while [25:18] Biophilic Pattern #11: Refuge [25:19] Why Maria recommends a planty screen-free space [26:10] Biophilic Patterns #12: Mystery and #13: Risk and Peril [26:20] The biggest rule of thumb of biophilic designs for Maria [27:06] If you can’t have real plants, download the Bloom and Grow Radio’s free and gorgeous watercolor of prickly pear cactus in various states of bloom! [28:03] Planty WFH Tip #13: Envelop your space in plants (if you can!) [28:32] Maria’s planty WFH tips and ideas based on her own WFH setup [30:04] The best plants for low-light home offices [31:13] Are you blessed with a high-light office situation? Maria recommends these plants that love abundant light [31:36] Planty WFH Tip #14: Install grow lights to incorporate more plants [32:44] Planty WFH Tip #15: Tiny space? Go vertical! [34:21] Maria’s biggest takeaways from 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design and her top advice on #plantyWFH setups [36:26] Finding joy and awe in your #plantyWFH as a small break from your work day Mentioned Resources in today's episode Get the free download with 9 Tips for Greening Up Your Work From Home Office Space Check out Maria's #plantywfh office tour on youtube! Blog with photos of our community members #plantywfh set ups BAGR YouTube video Houseplant Tour: My Restorative Plant Corner // Why Plant Care Truly is Self Care BAGR Episode How To Use Plants To Create Restorative Environments With Anne Meore From NYBG 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design by William Browning, Catherine Ryan, and Joseph Clancy Hoh Rainforest Audio Biophilia by Edward O. Wilson Frederick Law Olmsted View Through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery by Roger Ulrich Stephen R. Kellert Attention Restoration Theory: Exploring the Role of Soft Fascination and Mental Bandwidth by Rachel Kaplan What Was That Like Podcast by Scott Johnson Thank you to our episode sponsor: Makespace makes storage simple, seamless and affordable without you EVER having to leave your apartment. They pick up, store and return your stuff and provide the packing materials! To learn more, visit makespace.com and use code SPACEPLZ for $100 off! Take the Plant Parent Personality quiz to unlock your Plant Parent Potential and get a curated list of plants, DIY planty projects and podcasts tailored specifically for your lifestyle. Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten from our community is how to understand humidity and watering better. As we are in the depths of winter, humidity is a big topic and focus in our plant care routines, and you are going to hear a LOT about it today in a nerdy deep dive with two other plant podcasters, the daddies of the Plant Daddy Podcast Stephen and Matthew.  I knew  there couldn’t be a better guests than these two guys who are total nerds and maybe the only two other people who get as jazzed as doing weird deep dives into plant care as I am. This conversation was supposed to be 40 minutes and ended up being 90 because we just couldn’t stop talking about plants and winter and humidity and problem solving and I hope your inner plant nerd sees the inner plant nerd in us and just smiles and feels seen. So kick back, cozy up with your plants and enjoy episode 112 of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast! Just wanted to let you plant friends know during the time of this interview I got REAL curious and polled you guys about which brands of hygrometers you use (those are the humidity meters we talked about in the episode) and I’ve become a bit obsessed at putting them all over my house and comparing and contrasting the humidity levels in different rooms- from the bedroom to the bathroom to the living room.  Check out this youtube video on my hygrometer and moisture meter review.    In this episode we learn:                    [00:05:32] Matthew and Stephen share their personal histories with plants, and Matthew’s previous plant number (it was A LOT) [00:09:31] Matthew and Stephen’s gateway plants and how the difference in their plant interests pave way to a more diverse discussion in their podcast [00:11:03] How the Plant Daddy Podcast came to be [00:14:18] Maria shares the idea behind doing a deep dive episode on humidity and winter plant care [00:15:20] What happens to your plants during winter, the changes you might see in them as it grows colder, and figuring out the light your plants need [00:18:48] Are you making sure that the heat and cold in your home are optimal for your plants? [00:21:10] Should you really just water your plants less come winter time? Matthew has a different and smart answer! [00:22:19] A glimpse into Maria’s opera days: a wet rag on top of the radiator for more humidity [00:24:03] Should you leave your plants touching or close together? [00:25:29] Let’s talk about dormancy! Yes, your plants also take some time to sleep [00:26:29] Matthew’s insightful perspective on plant dormancy and seasonal changes [00:28:36] Stephen’s easy and practical tip to understand plant dormancy [00:32:23] Are your plants required to go through dormancy? Maria, Matthew, and Stephen share their own experiences with controlled environments [00:35:15] Why it is important to know the genus of your plants and where they originate from [00:37:10] Matthew elaborates on bulbs and how different plants with bulbs behave during different seasons [00:40:45] One of the biggest secret plant killers during winter: pests! [00:41:42] How seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can also affect your plants [00:42:16] How to ‘double-down’ on pest control management during the winter according to Stephen [00:43:28] Matthew’s personal hacks on getting rid of mealybugs [00:46:30] One of the most important things to know when you have plants according to Matthew: there is no one answer to everything [00:47:01] Where to source the BEST seeds for your garden (It’s planning time!) [00:49:37] Maria’s curated starter plans for all the different types of plant parents out there [00:50:58] Understanding the humidity and the environment that we, our plants, and even our homes need during colder months [00:56:24] What are Stephen and Matthew’s approaches to maintaining the right humidity for each of their plants? [01:00:00] Maria shares why she wants to learn more about humidity despite not needing to really focus on it before (yes, it’s true) [01:01:50] The horrifying experience with a humidifier that taught Maria a lesson the hard way [01:02:56] Matthew and Stephen’s hot takes on humidifiers and misting [01:06:55] Interesting hack on avoiding molds on dry walls when using a humidifier [01:09:11] Why you should check how your humidifier is working in the environment or room that it is in [01:14:01] Humidity concerns matter, but are you watering and taking care of your plants’ soil properly? [01:16:11] How to keep tabs on your plants’ humidity with tools [01:17:41] Maria’s future plans and experiments on humidity [01:19:32] Appreciating the unique perspectives and representations that Plant Daddy Podcast brings to plant parenthood  Mentioned in our conversation: Plant Parent Personality Test Territorial Seed Company (Bloom10 gets ya 10% off) BAGR Episode Hoya Care 101 with Doug Chamberlain On The Ledge Podcast by Jane Perrone BAGR YouTube video Moisture Meter and Hygrometer Review / Humidity Products for Houseplants Haul Pull It Together Podcast by Alex Mateo Thank you to our episode sponsor: Territorial Seed Company Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today's episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! It's already time to start planning your 2021 garden! For seeds, plants, online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM10 for 10% off.   Follow Plant Daddy Podcast MERCH now available now through plantdaddypodcast.com https://www.instagram.com/plantdaddypodcast https://www.facebook.com/plantdaddypodcast https://plantdaddypodcast.threadless.com https://www.pinterest.com/plantdaddypodcast https://twitter.com/plantdaddypod   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life with episodes of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Subscribe to the show on iTunes or your preferred podcast player so you never miss an episode Not sure where to start? Check out the Bloom and Grow Radio Episode Catalogue where all the episodes are broken down by genre: Individual Plant Care, General Plant Care, Nerdy Plant Science, Plants & Wellness, Gardening & more! Want more Bloom and Grow Content? Check out the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show for companion videos and tours of Maria's collections and Planty Projects Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration. Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Test to unlock your inner plant parent potential with recommended plants, planty projects and podcast episodes tailored specifically for your personality Become a Patreon Plant Friend and support Bloom and Grow Radio for less than a fancy coffee a month! 
What a year it’s been. I’m thankful 2020 is coming to a close and excited for 2021, I think a silver lining 2020 has given us is truly understanding the power of plants and how they can help us relieve stress and cultivate more joy in our lives. My goal for Bloom and Grow is to help everyone successfully care for plants for that exact reason, to make the world a kinder and greener place. Now… there is also a dark side to this hobby of plant care. There is a moment in all of our lives where our hobby teeters the thin line between joyful and stressful. Where we fall so deeply in love with plants, maybe we bring too many home at once, or go through a season of life where we can’t care for our collection and then feel disappointed in ourselves. I initially thought my struggles with plant parent overwhelm have been unique, an outlier in our community, but after hearing from you in the listener survey, or in dms and emails, I know this moment of Plant Parent Overwhelm is something we all struggle with.   On this episode of BAGR, we revisit highlights of Episode 43: Your Brain On Plants, in which I interviewed Dr Caitlin Vander Weele, a neuroscientist about what chemically happens in our brain when we get addicted for plants. The conversation was eye opening, and on this topic, feel like the things Caitlin shares shed so much light on a problem so many plant parents struggle with at one point through out their plant parenthood. After snippets of that episode with Caitlin, I then share experiences, strategies and suggestions on how to deal with Plant Parent Overwhelm and how to go on a plant pause.    In this episode we learn: [03:09] Why Maria wanted to tackle plant parent overwhelm in this special episode [07:17] How this AMAZING liquid fertilizer lessened my stress about plant care [08:56] Maria narrates her personal experience with plant pause and Billy’s intervention when she peaked her plant obsession [10:11] What is dopamine? How does taking care of plants, or successfully growing an herb garden in Maria’s case, release dopamine and fuel our plant craze? [13:16] Dr Caitlin explains how the dopamine in our brains can cause compulsive behaviors a.k.a. buy more plants than we intend [14:41] What is a neurotransmitter? Dr Caitlin describes the molecules, synapses, and receptors in layman’s terms, for better understanding of that new plant high! [17:16] How are plants different from our other ‘material obsessions’? What is oxytocin and why does taking care of plants (and babies) release this hormone? [19:12] The four major stages of compulsive buying behavior: anticipation, preparation, shopping, and regret [21:31] Dr Caitlin explains different research and hypotheses exploring why plants are good for our mental health [23:36] Why being in nature unlocks our creativity and brings us a more positive emotional state [24:09] Maria shares how checking her plants regularly in the morning makes her feel settled and less stressed [25:13] How does plant care affect our brain and how we process our thoughts? [26:33] What are some of the things you can look out for to avoid an unhealthy relationship with plants? Maria gives her personal experiences when she went through an unhealthy obsession with plants [28:27] How to Manage Plant Parent Overwhelm Tip #1: Understand your plant number [30:00] How to Manage Plant Parent Overwhelm Tip #2: Accept that you’re overwhelmed and forgive yourself! [30:42] How to Manage Plant Parent Overwhelm Tip #3: Assess where you are [31:16] How to Manage Plant Parent Overwhelm Tip #4: Set a budget and STICK. TO. IT. [31:47] How to Manage Plant Parent Overwhelm Tip #5: Find your focus [32:16] How to Manage Plant Parent Overwhelm Tip #6: Work with what you got!  [33:38] Maria shares her plant pause experience, her realizations during her plant pause, and how it benefited her plants and her home [35:33] Plant Pause Tip #1: Define your rules — YOU know what YOU can do [36:51] Plant Pause Tip #2: Involve your community (and get closer with them) [38:16] Plant Pause Tip #3: Set a timeframe [38:50] Plant Pause Tip #4: Be kind to yourself [39:25] Plant Pause Tip #5: Remember it’s quality over quantity [40:15] If you decide to take a plant pause, don’t worry! Maria shares some fun things you can do while on your plant pause [40:27] Streamline your design and collection, learn your plants’ Latin names, propagate, fertilize, and learn learn learn while doing your plant pause [41:24] Plant parenthood can be seasonal and you can have times when you aren’t being the best plant parent to your plants, and that’s okay! [42:11] Maria shares her musings about the year that’s passed and about the new year to come [43:38] Maria’s exciting news! What’s in store for Bloom and Grow Radio in 2021 Mentioned in this episode: Check out the companion youtube video about plant parent overwhelm  Blog where all tips and tricks discussed in this episode live BAGR Episode Root-Ology with Leslie Halleck BAGR Episode Your Brain on Plants Thank you to our episode sponsor: Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.   Follow Dr Caitlin Vander Weele Follow Dr Caitlin Vander Weele Twitter:@caitvw Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! 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One of the major things that plants do is help connect us with nature. I think as plant parents, once we use plants to reconnect with ourselves and make our homes look beautiful, they also get us thinking more about nature and the earth and how important it’s preservation is. So today’s episode is exploring just that: plant parenthood and low waste living, and what it means to make intentional decisions about preserving our planet while taking care of ourselves and our plants. I think we are all anxiously looking at 2021 and getting excited about the changes that will come. This is the time to set new years resolutions and just think about how we want to show up in 2021 for ourselves and I think more importantly, there are global conversations happening about how we can show up for those around us and the environment.   As I continue to fall deeper in love with plants, I’m finding that I’m falling deeper in love with nature itself and feeling a stronger sense of responsibility to take care of our planet. I’m so excited to welcome Nick Cutsumpas of @farmernicknyc  to the podcast and share this conversation with you and to inform and encourage our community to think about how we can apply these concepts of low waste living to not only our lives, but to our hobby of plant care. Nicks been a plant friend of mine for a while and I’ve loved learning more about sustainability from him, and figured he is the perfect intersection of plant parent and environmental activist to have for this chat about how to lead more sustainable lives as humans and plant parents.  In this episode we learn: [00:02:26] Introducing Nick Cutsumpas and episode key ideas [00:07:18] What Nick does, what started his plant journey (mothers DO know best!), and how plants served as his ‘saving grace’ when he moved into the city [00:10:38] Check out Nick in Netflix’s new show The Big Flower Fight! [00:11:14] What is regenerative environmental action? Nick explains sustainability vs regenerative [00:13:22] Are houseplant people practicing regenerative methods with their plants? According to Nick, to see is to believe when it comes to taking care of our environment [00:15:01] How Maria realized she could be doing more sustainable practices [00:15:22] Maria’s current idea obsession: plant blindness — Nature Not Furniture! [00:16:32] What Maria thinks of ‘zero waste’ and her reservations with the movement [00:17:17] Nick shares why he thinks plant blindness is similar to waste blindness [00:17:37] Why Nick strives for low waste consumption vs zero waste, how we as consumers can apply low waste consumption to the products we buy [00:19:45] Why the time to be more conscious is NOW more than ever and how taking care of plants reminds us that we can take action [00:20:47] Why Bloom and Grow Radio is doing an episode on low waste [00:21:45] Low Waste Beginner Tip #1: Reuse everything [00:22:46] Do you have tons of bubble wrap from your online orders? Save them for your next plant cutting gift! [00:23:50] What is ‘waste’? For Nick, it’s everything that ends up in a landfill [00:24:38] Maria’s lightbulb moment on her waste consumption: New York’s composting system [00:25:11] The negative effects of plastics in our environment and how we can be smart and responsible with our plastic consumption [00:26:54] Why we should be cautious about greenwashing, waste segregation, and biodegradable vs compostable materials [00:28:24] Nick’s sustainability influences [00:29:13] Low Waste Tip #2: Buy quality over quantity (Yes, you save more money this way!) [00:30:12] Nick’s sustainability progress: he hasn’t bought anything new in more than a year! The secret? Thrifting! [00:31:52] The eco-friendly furniture and mattress stores that Nick recommends [00:33:56] How the pandemic enabled more waste production [00:34:48] Why the most impact can be achieved through collective action; ‘10% is better’ [00:35:14] The BEST recycled and sustainable wall planters and the BEST plant kits to give this Holiday season! [00:38:56] Nick reveals the most common mistakes we all do when it comes to composting [00:39:54] How to REALLY begin your low waste journey [00:40:39] Why you need to wash your recyclables [00:41:22] Low Waste Tip #3: Find bulk stores and bring your own jars [00:41:50] How Nick manages to do zero-waste grocery shopping [00:42:25] What is ‘produce paralysis’? What is Nick’s proposed solution to packaging waste? [00:44:04] Low Waste Tip #4: Avoid single-use plastic in the produce section [00:45:24] Nick’s low waste hack: Put the jar in warm water for 10 minutes to remove the adhesive label, and reuse the jar for drinking or plant propagation! [00:46:47] Low Waste Tip #5: Don’t be shy to ask if you can use your own containers for your consumables! [00:47:39] Maria weighs in on the different straws from her own experiences (make sure you clean them!) [00:49:28] What do we do with our plastic nursery pots? a. bring them to a nursery, b. cache, c. make a tent for your drainage hole [00:53:38] Low Waste Tip #6: Grow something new in your used nursery pots [00:54:06] The company that Nick trusts to recycle his plastics [00:55:31] Propagating your plants can also help your recycle and upcycle [00:56:30] Low Waste Tip #7: Choose sustainable soil options [00:57:44] Low Waste Tip #8: Know your plant number! (we’re serious!) [00:59:00] Your plant consumption should be healthy AND environmentally-responsible [01:00:28] Low Waste Tip #9: Buy your plants from your local businesses [01:01:46] Plant shops that Nick and Maria recommend [01:04:05] Listener Question #1: Can you compost perlite? [01:04:49] Listener Question #2: Are there alternatives to plastic nursery pots and stickers? [01:06:28] Why you should support CSA [01:07:47] Why low waste and sustainable living is important to Nick [01:09:09] Our responsibility to our environment as plant parents! [01:10:24] Maria’s realizations and future commitment to the low waste living movement Check out the youtube video snippets of this interview! (airs 6 pm 12/15/20 Mentioned in our conversation: Produce Paralysis Blog by Nick Cutsumpas BAGR Episode  How to Manage a Large Plant Collection Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight Pela Case Lucy Biggers of NowThis Medley Furniture Avocado Green Mattress Recover Brands WallyGro Precious Plastic Folia Collective Espoma Greenery Unlimited noissue Crop Swap LA Glow Up Alert FYI The Bloom and Grow Website got a pretty epic makeover and I’d love for you to head on over and check it out- you can learn a little more about me, snag all of the freebies I’ve created for ya over the years, shop the Bloom and Grow Merch and Plant Friends Apparel line AND we’ve got a shop now that houses all the sponsor discount codes, my favorite books and courses and more. Thanks to Digital Grace Design for doing such an amazing job. Compostable Mailers   Thank you to our episode sponsors: Soltech Solutions Soltech Solutions Luxury Grow Lights: Whether its simply getting through the lower light winter- or if you’re like me and you’ve just got too many plants  and too few windows and need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing- Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting option for you! Soltech is offering BAGR listeners 20% off with code "20BLOOM" at soltechsolutions.com once again thats soltechsolutions.com and code 20BLOOM at checkout for 20%off. Wallygro Wallygro just launched it's "greenwall in a box" WALLY KITS that are everything you need to plant up their Eco or Loop planters: the plants, the potting mix, the fertilizer, and of course... the pots! It's the perfect gift for the holidays that you can order on your couch!! Check out the Wallygro Kits and pick the best one for you! Wallygro is offering BAG listeners 15% off for a limited time only so redeem this code if you are interested ASAP! BLOOM15 for the Wally Plant Kits active for Dec.15 to Dec. 29.   Follow Nick Instagram: @farmernickynyc https://www.farmernicknyc.com/ Grow Green Newsletter- you can join on the homepage of his website   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
I’m so excited to welcome back Kay from @inrootedlove for a next level conversation on the soil free Semi Hydroponic or Passive Hydroponic Lifestyle. You might remember Kay from episode 77 an Intro to Semi or Passive Hydroponics- so now that  year has passed and our community has been experimenting with this style of growing- she’s joining me again discuss what a year of passive- hydro has looked like, dive deeper into the concepts and answer listener questions. For those of you who don't know: Passive Hydroponics is a method for keeping plants not in soil, but in LECA or PON Lechuza (inorganic substrates) and managing their  nutrients yourself, instead of using potting mix. It’s a plant parent lifestyle many people swear by. I initially was NOT sold on the complexities of preparing LECA, measuring nutrients and more, but after a year of experimenting with passive-hydro I definitely see the value in this practice! So if you haven’t listened to that first episode- I highly recommend starting there before listening in on this one.  Two other ways to learn about Passive Hydro this week! Giveaway: Head over to @bloomandgrowradio on IG to enter our Passive Hydro Starter Kit Giveaway! We are giving away two rooted cuttings of Kay's marble pothos and two net pots with enough LECA and Lechuza to plant up each cutting in the substrates and conduct your OWN experiments! Youtube: Kay and I also made a companion video for the BAG Youtube Show where Kay gives us a mini LECA vs Lechuza tutorial and actually shows us how to pot up a plant types of substrate. If you’re curious on her techniques, click the link in the show notes to check the video out after  you listen to this episode! FYI The Bloom and Grow Website got a pretty epic makeover and I’d love for you to head on over and check it out- you can learn a little more about me, snag all of the freebies I’ve created for ya over the years, shop the Bloom and Grow Merch and Plant Friends Apparel line AND we’ve got a shop now that houses all the sponsor discount codes, my favorite books and courses and more. Thanks to Digital Grace Design for doing such an amazing job. In this episode we learn: What Kay's Plant Number is How Kay manages to keep 200+ plants in her home happy and healthy with NO grow lights The home characteristics Kay looked for when buying a home so her plants could thrive [9:00] What Maria secretly dreams of for the next home (it's not what you think) [10:00] What is Semi or Passive Hydro [10:55] Reasons for why you should try Semi or Passive Hydroponics [12:52] Kay's experience having small children and a large plant collection [12:37] Maria's main takeaways from a year of experimenting with semi-hydro: what she is doing great and where she still needs help [13:50] How do net pots work when roots start to grow out of the pot [15:43] How to handle orchid roots in LECA [17:0] How to handle aroid roots in LECA [17:20] Root pruning [17:50] The story behind Kay's gorgeous Albo Monstera [19:30] Is it bad for plants roots to touch the water in a Semi Hydro or Passive Hydro set up? [20:00] When to repot your plant in semi hydro [21:00] What happened when Maria forgot about her plants in LECA for 2 months [22:40] How can you avoid root rot when using semi hydroponics or passive hydroponics? [24:25] Nutrient troubleshooting deep dive [27:25] Kay elaborates on how she uses Azomax to manage pests in her large collection [31:19] What are the signs of a healthy plant in semi hydro [34:30] What does a healthy root look like in LECA How dry can you let your reservoir get before you kill your plant [37:16] How to gage water levels with opaque pots [37:50] What's an appropriate transition time for a plant to go through transplant shock? [41:26] Kays product she uses to help plants transition more efficiently [42:15] LECA VS PON: their differences, pros and cons [43:58] What PON lechuza is made up of [44:20] What plants Kay chooses to put PON in over LECA [45:00] Why Kay doesn't put all her plants in PON [45:01] What plants Kay plants in PON [45:20] Why Kay grows anthurium in PON [46:48] Does a PON set up look different than a LECA set up? [47:26] Why fertilizing with PON will look very different than fertilizing in LECA Are there any plant your shouldn't put in passive hydro? [49:10] How Kay uses PON completely different on her arid plants to help better replicate their natural environments [49:37] My Raphidophora tetrasperma propagation experiment Mentioned in our conversation: Episode 77 Semi or Passive Hydro 101 with Kay! (Maria and Kay's first episode together) Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Heating Mats for plants (Kays Amazon Affiliate Links to the ones she uses) Large Option and Small Option Maria's youtube video on her first passive hydro set up Maria's youtube video on her 8 month passive hydro update Kay and Maria's youtube video potting up in LECA VS PON tutorial Kevins Green Pets (Kay's friend who intro'd her to Anthurium's in PON)   Thank you to our episode sponsor: Modern Sprout: Modern Sprout is connecting people and plants with their fabulous lines of grow lights, hydroponic planters and all sorts of plant accessories that empower people to cultivate their own indoor oasis, whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling farmhouse, with simple, stylish and sustainable green-thumb solutions for every home. For 15% off your order, visit modernsprout.com and use code 15bloom at checkout! Follow Kay Instagram: @inrootedlove   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
I recently took Intro to Horticultural Therapy at NYBG and Anne Meore, my teacher, joins me today to discuss the biggest lessons learned in class, review some studies we learned about on the science behind the plant/people connection and to discuss the concept and use of restorative spaces. As I “bloom and grow” as a plant parent and a business I am becoming more curious about the science behind the plant/person connection. The more I learn and read about plants as restorative instruments for human body and spirit, I’m realizing plants not only make people happy, but can help us heal faster and restore our brains to their natural state. We have never needed these tools MORE, especially after this year which has kept us all inside and glued to screens. Everyone can create a restorative environment in their own home, so Anne walks us through the components of a restorative space and then we brainstorm some awesome ways to create a restorative space even in our limited indoor environments. I wanted to thank NYBG for letting me take Intro to Hort Therapy with Anne, our guest today. If you are NY based, NYBG is open and magical during the winter. Discover the peaceful winter beauty across NYBG’s 250 acre landscape, from the winding trails of their old-growth forest to their arboretum collections of historic trees and ornamental conifers and get cozy in their conservatory with every tropical plant you could imagine. It’s a really spirit lifter and restorative space for me, especially in the winter. Plus, the Holiday Train Show returns this year for Members only and is on view through January 31.   In this episode we learn: Why Anne became a Horticultural Therapist How 2020 has caused Maria and Anne to re-evaluate their priorities and plants have been instrumental Using plants to cope with the trauma of Covid Directed vs Involuntary attention Directed attention and mental fatigue What is mental fatigue and how does it negatively impact us 4 Key Components of a restorative space: Being Away, Fascination, Extent and Compatibility, and what they mean How simple views of nature can help: Views from a Window and Views to Nature: Effects on Attention Attention Restoration Theory How to create a restorative environment indoors   Mentioned in our conversation: Books Biophilia The Nature Fix Forest Bathing   Studies The Restorative Benefits of Nature: Toward an Integrative Framework, Kaplan Restorative Effects of Natural Environment Experiences: Hartig, Man, Evans A Walk in the Woods, Anna Lena Phillips View from a Window, Ulrich Healthy nature healthy people: 'contact with nature' as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations, Maller, Townsend, Pryor, Brown, Leger Views to Nature: Effects on Attention, Tennessen and Cimprich 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design   Thank you to our episode sponsor: Modern Sprout: Modern Sprout is connecting people and plants with their fabulous lines of grow lights, hydroponic planters and all sorts of plant accessories that empower people to cultivate their own indoor oasis, whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling farmhouse, with simple, stylish and sustainable green-thumb solutions for every home. For 15% off your order, visit modernsprout.com and use code 15bloom at checkout! quotes: 12:35 - rhythm covid can't change Follow Anne and NYBG Anne's company: Planthropy NYBG Main Website NYBG Course Website NYBG Horticultural Therapy Program   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Boy of boy am I excited about this EPICly planty conversation. This episode is inspired largely by the responses in the BAGR 2020 Listener Survey I’ve been combing through. Many of us in the community are loving collecting plants, but have struggled with the overwhelm of learning how to manage your ever growing collections- so I decided to ask three plantstagrammers who have collections I’ve admired for a while, to pick their brains for their top tips for organizing, managing and designing with their plant collections of 75+ plants. BONUS- we’ve put together a giveaway with cuttings of our personal collections (including a cutting of Raffi my Raphidophora) on IG, so after you’re done listening, head over to IG to make sure you enter! Giveaway runs Tuesday November 10th, 2020 @ Noon through Friday November 13th @ Noon. I’m going to be honest with you plant friends, I wrestled with the idea for this episode, because I in no way want this episode to make anyone feel pressured to increase their collections. I want to stress this: the right number of plants is completely different for each person, for some people it’s 3 and no more, for others, like our fab guests, it’s more! I want to encourage everyone to go for quality,  not quantity and stick with the amount of plants that brings you joy and not stress. I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts on this and my personal collection at the end of this episode after the conversation comes to a close, so listen to the end! THAT being said, for those of you WITH larger collections who might be struggling or curious about how other plant parents do it- this episode is jammed packed with amazing ideas that i hope leave you inspired! You can also check out some clips of this episode on the youtube channel, where you can see their planty set ups and beautiful faces if you want more after this listen! Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)   In this episode we learn: Meet Lucrecer from @soulsistaplants [9:00] Meet Phoebe from @welcometothejunglehome [11:00] Meet Cyril from @cyrilcybernated What is their Plant Number (How Many Plants they have in their homes) [22:26] Phoebe's top 3 tips for caring for a large plant collection [28:12] Lucrecer's top 3 tips for caring for a large plant [31:00] Cyril's top 3 tips for caring for a large plant collection [41:30] Each guests' best designing tip for plant styling [48:20] Maria's journey of dealing with the overwhelm that came with growing her personal collection[1:02:50] How to deal with Plant Parent Overwhelm Giveaway on Instagram with cuttings of Cyril, Lucrecer, Phoebe and Maria's collections! The youtube video that accompanies this episode! Click here to watch Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) "Plant Number" = how many plants you have in your collection Episode 43: Your Brain on Plants  Maria interviews a neuroscientist about the experience of become a "crazy" plant lady and going crazy growing her plant collection when she got started. Thanks to our sponsors: Modern Sprout: Modern Sprout is connecting people and plants with their fabulous lines of grow lights, hydroponic planters and all sorts of plant accessories that empower people to cultivate their own indoor oasis, whether you live in a studio apartment or a sprawling farmhouse, with simple, stylish and sustainable green-thumb solutions for every home. For 15% off your order, visit modernsprout.com and use code 15bloom at checkout! Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.   Follow Lucrecer IG: @soulsistaplants Linktree: @soulsistaplants Newsletter: SoulSistaPlants   Follow Phoebe IG @welcometothejunglehome  Facebook /welcometothejunglehome Shop The Jungle Home Plant Tarp here!   Follow Cyril IG: @cyrilcybernated Youtube: /cyrilcybernated Facebook: @cyrilcybernated2018   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Plant friends, I’m so excited to finally bring this highly request episode to your earbuds! I have to be honest, for the first 3 years I really wasn’t getting the whole “hoya craze” that many of my plant friends were going through, I just didn’t get it. But after I was gifted a Hoya compacta from a listener… and realized how much it looked like stacked tortellinis, I started falling in love. THEN I went down a rabbit hole of what Hoya flowers looked like and I was sold. When looking for a guest for this show, I knew I had to look no further than Doug Chamberlain, the man behind Vermont Hoyas. Doug is one of the most successful Hoya collectors in all of the states and documents his collection on his blog. Today he shares his passion for hoyas and lots of information about them: where they grow in the wild, basic care, how he achieves ideal humidity in his home, a deep dive into flowers, we bust a few Hoya myths and then he shares his Top 5 Hoyas for Beginners, 3 Hoyas for Advanced Plant Parents and then assigns the perfect Hoya for each Plant Parent Personality.  You’re going to hear a lot of intimidating latin plant names, but he provided amazing photos of all the hoyas which we have collected for your hoya heads in two ways:  You can find them on the blog  We’ve made a youtube episode with just the matchmaking portion of this podcast with Doug’s photos superimposed over the audio, so you can watch and listen along to connect the photos to what we are talking about. I hope this episode sparks your curiosity within the Hoya family, and I'd love to know what your favorite Hoya's are! Share them with my on instagram @bloomandgrowradio. In this episode we learn: Dougs Plant Parent History and introduction to Hoya and his Ideal Hoya Set Up Where Hoya's live in nature [11:11] Why are Hoya's called "the wax plant" [14:00] Where Hoya got it's name [15:20] General Care Guidelines for All Hoyas [15:40] Doug's Set Up (and humidity hacks0 [16:29] What does a sunburn look like on a Hoya leaf [19:50] Best Watering Practices for Hoya [21:00] Words of encouragement from Doug when you have a hoya fail [24:00] If Hoya's like to be potbound [25:30] How to pot up a hoya [26:26] Best potting mix for a Hoya [27:50] What is a peduncle [32:00] What is bud blast [33:50] Why does a hoya bud fall off before it blooms [34:27] How to get your hoya to bloom [35:15] What is a "day length specific" hoya bloom How frequently does a Hoya bloom [38:00] Is there a hack to force Hoya to flower? [39:00] 5 Easiest Hoyas to Care for [39:30]  Rarer Hoya's for Advanced Plant Parents [44:20] Matchmaking for the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personalities! [47:10] How to fertilize hoyas [53:00] Listener Questions! Propagation tips [54:00] Tips for stimulating leaf growth [57:00]   Spelling and Hoyas Mentioned: 5 Easiest Hoyas to Care for Hoya Carnosa, Hoya Carnosa Crimson Queen, Hoya Pubicalyx, Hoya Cumingiana (Doug's Favorite!), Hoya Lacunosa, Hoya sp aff burtoniae   Rare Hoya's for Advanced Plant Parents Hoya engleriana, Hoya polystachya, Hoya Aff clemensiorum   Plant Parent Personality Hoya Pairings Mindful Plant Parent Pairing: Hoya undulata Low Key Plant Parent: Hoya obovata Curious Collector Plant Parent: Hoya amicabilis Design Based Plant Parent: Hoya finlaysonii Urban Farmer: Hoya empirialis (harvest the flowers) Best Scented Hoyas Hoya lacunosa, Hoya sp aff burtoniae, Hoya calycina Lovingly the best place to buy flowers online, matching you with a community of real, local florists across the US and Canada. Their website pairs you with local florists who create a custom bouquet for your loved one. Support local while supporting your loved ones and spread the planty love and get $9.99 your order at lovingly.com with code "BloomAndGrow" at checkout. Soltech Solutions Luxury Grow Lights: Whether its simply getting through the lower light winter- or if you’re like me and you’ve just got too many plants  and too few windows and need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing- Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting option for you! Soltech is offering BAGR listeners 20% off with code "20BLOOM" at soltechsolutions.com once again thats soltechsolutions.com and code 20BLOOM at checkout for 20%off.   Follow Doug Website: vermonthoyas.com Youtube: Doug Chamberlain    Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Today we invite Dr Elle Barnes back to the show after our very successful conversation after I took Intro to Plant Science with her at NYBG. Elle is a scientist and teacher for NYBG and in addition to Intro to Plant Science, I recently took The Science of Tree Communication class with as well. It was WILD to learn about the underground “wood wide web” that the forest runs on, and how trees communicate with one another through VOCs. I frequently go for morning walks in nearby woods, and since I took that class, I truly look at forest environment differently, and have such a deeper appreciation for it. Plant friends, there is a network of mycorrhizae negotiating transport of vital compounds for trees under every step we take outside! How cool is that?! In addition to the “Wood Wide Web,” a big part of our conversation in The Science of Tree Communication class was HOW trees and plants communicate with each other through VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. Since VOCs are a hot topic in the plant community regarding how “plants clean air”, we took a deep dive to understanding this concept. Get ready to learn all about VOCs, what they are, how they are used and the great “Wood Wide Web”. Thanks to the NYBG for continuing to create enriching courses that have helped further my Plant Parent Knowledge. Check their offerings out here If you are in the NY area, the NYBG is back open, including the Palm Conservatory and is an absolutely DREAM! Consider becoming a member! Have you taken the 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey ?! Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and be a part of the future of Bloom and Grow Radio and Media! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in planning episode topics and community resources. I can't wait to hear from you! What's your Plant Parent Personality? Take the FREE Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz to get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle In this episode we learn: How and why plants communicate with each other The "fake news" that VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are all bad for us How plants use VOCs to communicate with each other and themselves The above ground plant communication system If plants ACTUALLY clean the air, and how and why we might have been mislead with this notion If VOCS are all bad The difference between a VOC that comes off of a plant and one that comes off of a carpet The truth about the scent of fresh cut grass (and why it smells that way) What the scent of a rose actually is (it's a VOC!) How plants use VOCs to attract pollinators Maria's OBSESSION with The Overstory How plants and animals have evolved together "The enemy of my enemy" theory when it comes to how plants attract certain pollinators The "Wood Wide Web" and the underground plant communication system How fungi help trees and plants communicate with each other Dr Barnes' most "mind blowing" fact about trees and VOC Why Monstera are conditioned to look for darkness and not light VOCs and the Ozone Mentioned in Today's Episode: Dr's Barnes first episode on BAGR: Mind Blowing Facts from Intro to Plant Science Online courses offered at NYBG (This was based off of The Science of Tree Communication) The Overstory (Maria's absolute favorite book) * Bookstore.com Affiliate Link Thank you to today's sponsors! Soltech Solutions Luxury Grow Lights: Whether its simply getting through the lower light winter- or if you’re like me and you’ve just got too many plants  and too few windows and need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing- Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting option for you! Soltech is offering BAGR listeners 20% off with code 20BLOOM at soltechsolutions.com once again thats soltechsolutions.com and code 20BLOOM at checkout for 20%off. Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here. Follow Dr Elle Barnes Twitter:@ecoevoelle   Follow The New York Botanical Garden: IG: www.instagram.com/nybg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYBotanicalGarden/ www.nybg.org Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio
"You can't reach the brain till you go through the heart" - Joe Dombrowski I'm thrilled to welcome back Joe Dombrowski (@mrDtimes3) to the show after our wonderful episode on Plants in the Classroom a couple of years ago. Since then a lot has changed, Joe and I have become IRL friends (I was able to visit him in 2019 and we took an amazing trip to the Amazon Spheres together which you'll hear about in the episode), Joe has become a full time comedian AND... classrooms are looking very different these days. Since many kids are home with the pandemic, Joe and I thought we'd put together a list of fun planty experiments and projects to do with kids while we spend this time at home together. There is a project for every type of kid and every age. We hope this episode helps with ideas to get children (or adult children like us!) off of their phones and into the dirt and getting curious about plants. Please share your projects with us on instagram! @mrdtimes3 & @bloomandgrowradio Have you taken the 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey - Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and be a part of the future of Bloom and Grow Radio and Media! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in planning episode topics and community resources. I can't wait to hear from you! In this episode we learn: Joe and Maria remember their trip to the Amazon Spheres together Joe's opinion on kids going back to school [12:25] Project 1: Seed Germination in a Bag [19:50] Project 2: Sweet Potato Experiment and understanding the scientific process Project 3: Pothos Propagation 3 Ways Project 4: Fairy Gardens and Terrariums Project 5: List of Interactive Plants for Kids Joe's list of his personal favorite plants in his collection Joe's most recent plant parent win For photos and instructions for these projects, check the blog for today's podcast  https://bloomandgrowradio.com/kids/ Mentioned in this episode: Episode 23: Plants in the Classroom with @mrdtimes3 Maria's new tiktok account Bloom and Grow Youtube Channel Here is a link to the book A Family Guide to Terrariums Mushroom Grow Kits! This is my favorite one from Back to the Roots! Back to the Roots Fishtank Water/Microgreen Garden Maria's episode on JOE's podcast, Social Studies   Thank you to our episode sponsors: Soltech Solutions Luxury Grow Lights: Whether its simply getting through the lower light winter- or if you’re like me and you’ve just got too many plants  and too few windows and need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing- Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting option for you! Soltech is offering BAGR listeners 20% off with code 20BLOOM at soltechsolutions.com once again thats soltechsolutions.com and code 20BLOOM at checkout for 20%off. Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today's episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! For seeds, their online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM20 for 20% off. Follow Joe Website: https://www.mrdtimes3.com/ Podcast: https://studyhall.libsyn.com/ Instagram: @mrdtimes3 Tiktok: @mrdtimes3 Merch Shop: https://www.shopmrdtimes3.com/ Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Tiktok: @bloomandgrowradio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club  
So thrilled to welcome Chris Satch back to the show for an UNBELIEVABLE, comprehensive conversation on all things WATERING! We cover everything from top watering, bottom watering, troubleshooting, how to identify root rot and many listener questions. This is not an episode to miss if you have any questions around watering your plants! Have you taken the 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey - Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and be a part of the future of Bloom and Grow Radio and Media! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in planning episode topics and community resources. I can't wait to hear from you! Check out my youtube video on how I water my plants In this episode we learn: [5:00]What Chris is loving in his collection lately A quick overview on how to propagate fern spores How to grow mosses [12:30] What BAGR listeners are struggling with when it comes to how to water your plants [13:00] Why is watering so important to our plants? [14:20] What are xylem and phloem and how do the affect watering? [15:40] What is transpiration? [16:20] The connection between soil moisture and light [18:18] How humidity affects transpiration and our plants watering schedules [21:15] What are microclimates and how do they affect humidity [23:30] Watering Hack #1: Group Plants with Similar Needs Together [24:50] Chris's opinion on Top Watering Vs Bottom Watering [26:20 ] Best Top Watering Practices [29:00] Maria's (STRONG) opinion about care cards and watering instructions [30:50] What does "water when dry" mean- how many inches of soil should the top of the soil dry out [32:42] Watering Hack #2: Use the pot weight to understand how heavy soil saturation feels and get to know how a dry pot feels like as well [36:20] What is the ideal temperature for watering your plants [36:50] How to leave water in the catch tray of your pot with drainage [ 40:20] Best Bottom Watering Practices [42:10] Chris's issues with Bottom Watering [46:34] Root Rot: what it is, how do we fix it, how can we avoid it [48:30] Signs that you've under watered your plant [48:40] Signs that you've over watered your plant [49:50] Maria's honest experience about overwatering her plants this year [55:30] How Chris saves his plants from root rot [55:50] Chris's (STRONG) opinion about self watering pots [1:01:22] The truth about spritzing (you might not like this) [1:01:53] How brown tips can actually be a sign on fungal infection and not humidity or underwatering [1:06] How to use fungicide to treat brown edges on a plant [1:07] Why using warm water is important for watering [1:07:30] Where the ice cube watering myth started, why it's bogus and why you shouldn't use this method [1:08] Tap water vs distilled water vs rain water = does the type of water you water your plants with actually matter? [1:10:00]What white spots on leaves are and how to remove them [1:10:10]  Hack # 3: use lemon juice to remove white spots on leaves [1:11:43] When during the day should you water? [1:11:55] Do you water your plant before you repot? or leave it with dry soil? Mentioned in our conversation: Episode 97: How to Care for Ferns with Lisa from Houseplant Guru Maria's Youtube Video on How I Water My Plants Maria's Youtube video on The Perched Water Table and Drainage How Maria saved her variegated Watermelon Peperomia from Root Rot Thanks to our episode sponsors! Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here. Soltech Solutions Luxury Grow Lights: Whether its simply getting through the lower light winter- or if you’re like me and you’ve just got too many plants  and too few windows and need to bring more light indoors so your collection can keep growing- Soltech Solutions has the luxury lighting option for you! Soltech is offering BAGR listeners 20% off with code 20BLOOM at soltechsolutions.com once again thats soltechsolutions.com and code 20BLOOM at checkout for 20%off.   Follow Chris Instagram: @botanictonic Website: christophersatch.com   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle) Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
The 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey is live!- Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and be a part of the future of Bloom and Grow Radio and Media! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in planning episode topics and community resources. We had 1000 people complete the survey last time, so my goal for this survey is 3000 planty listeners! I can't wait to hear from you! At this point in the growing season, I'm sure we all have some beautifully bushy herb plants... and maybe no ideas of what to make with them. Today's episode is focused on getting these homegrown herbs into our bellies! (If you want help learning how to grow herbs, check out Episode 22: Windowsill Herb Gardening). I’ve connected with some brilliant female chefs who share their favorite herb inspired recipes! Each chef chose an herb, they share why they love it in recipes so much and then educates us on how to cook their favorite dish inspired by their herb!  The first chunk of this episode is three powerhouse professional chefs who guide us through a LOT of helpful cooking and herb pairing info with mouth watering recipes. Then stay tuned to the end, where Billy shares his famous pesto recipe and my Italian Mom, Mama Failla, shares two sauces you can make with a bounty from the garden.  Cooking food that I’ve grown myself has been one of the most rewarding parts of my plant parenthood journey, I hope this episodes not only gets you growing but gets you cooking too! Make sure to report back to me and these chefs on IG about what you make! In this episode we learn: [6:50]  Getting to know Chef Serena Wolf and her thoughts on using Mint in recipes [16:50] MINT (and BASIL)Watermelon Salad with Tomato, Feta and Herb Vinaigrette Recipe breakdown and tips [30:30] Getting to know Chef Priyanka and learn about Coriander/Cilantro and how she uses it in recipe [36:55] Coriander Vs Cilantro and how to cook with it's 3 components: Seed, Stem and Leaf [40:00] Chef Priyanka's balance of Sweet, Salty, Spicy, Bitter and Umami and how Coriander plays a strong role in that [43:19] CORIANDER Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric, Fennel Seed and Dates [50:20] Getting to know Pastry Chef (and high school friend) Becca Newman [58:00] Becca breaks down the flavor profile of Lemon Verbena [1:01:26] Becca's philosophy of "what grows together, goes together" [1:01] LEMON VERBENA Cherry Chocolate and Lemon Verbena Ice Box Cake Recipe [1:17:40] Other herb options to substitute into the Ice Box Cake recipe if you don't have lemon verbena [1:21:33] BASIL with BILLY! And his famous walnut pesto recipe (we also reveal who we have a couples crush on) [1:24:10] Why Billy uses walnuts instead of pine nuts in his pesto [1:31:22] ROSEMARY Mama Failla's Rosemary Bolognese [1:38:35] SAGE Mama Failla's Butter and Sage Boiled Potatoes [1:41] PARSLEY AND THYME Mama Failla's Famous Polpetti! (Meat balls!) Recipes Mentioned in Today's Episode: Serena's recipe for Watermelon Salad with Tomato, Feta and Herb Vinaigrette Chef Priyanka's recipe for Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric Fennel Seed Dates  Chef Priyanka's BONUS recipe for  Vegan Indian Stuffed French Toast Becca's Cherry Chocolate and Lemon Verbena Ice Box Cake Mama Failla and Billy's Recipes for Rosemary Bolognese, Sage and Butter Sauce, Mama Failla's Meatballs and Billy's Famous Walnut Pesto!  Check out the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show with Videos of Mama Failla and Billy making their recipes! Mama Failla makes Rosemary Bolognese Billy makes Walnut Pesto Territorial Seed Fast Fall Gardening Fact: After you make your own pesto or Sauce from Billy and mom’s recipes with freshly harvested garlic- enjoy that flavor all year by freezing the sauce. We suggest filling a sealable freezer bag with the fresh pesto and smoothing it flat so you have about a ½” to ¾” layer. Then seal the bag and freeze. When you need a little pesto flavor, just break off a chunk and toss it into your recipe! I can’t wait to make pesto and bolognese next season with the territorial seed company garlic we are starting this fall! Thank you Territorial Seed Co for sponsoring today's episode! Territorial Seed Co provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! For seeds, their online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM20 for 20% off.   Follow Serena https://domesticate-me.com/ Instagram Serena's Recipe for Watermelon Salad with Tomato, Feta and Herb Vinaigrette   Follow Priyanka www.chefpriyanka.com Instagram  LinkedIn Twitter Facebook   Follow Becca Instagram    Follow Billy Instagram   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Take the Bloom and Grow Radio 2020 Listener Survey!  It’s always a pleasure to have my #plantfriendIRL Danae from Folia Collective back on the show. Danae is a beloved guest of BAGR from her episode on How to Start a Plant Shop. The Folia Collective shops are in Los Angeles and she has created an epic planty brand for herself and her shops that filled with the most gorgeous, varied plants and beautiful plant accessories.  Danae has always had an unbelievable eye for design and style and so it makes complete sense that she was tapped to write her new book which just came out:Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants  This is a really unique book at the intersection of Plant Care and Plant Styling. I’m so excited about and Danae was nice enough to join me for a conversation around Plant Styling. I… am not so gifted with an eye for design, so this conversation was super informative and left me with lots of great ideas for projects and guidelines for our future home.   In this episode we learn: How and why Danae started Folia Collective Why she decided to create a book focused on plant styling and plant care Danae's personal plant style How to manage "trends" and the pressure to constantly buy new stuff Why style and care need to go to together What Danae's approach to plant style and plant consulting is Maria outs her most embarrassing plant killer story How to take the best instagram shot of your plants... and still have they stay healthy How to match your lifestyle with your plants Why Maria is the greatest planty Marie Kondo Student Danae's plant styling tips   Danae's Tips for Styling Large Plant Collection to look Curated and not Cluttered Choose a unifying theme for your planters (Maria's theme is white and terracotta) Think about how you arrange your plants: varying height, texture and shapes Group plants together (trays are a great way to bring groups together) Stack pots on top of each other to create height. You can flip a pot upside down and put another pot on top   Mentioned in today's episode: Buy Danae's New Book! Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants * *BAGR Amazon Affiliate code*   Thank you to today's episode sponsors! Territorial seed provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! For seeds, their online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM20 for 20% off.     Espoma Organics: for responsibly made, fabulous indoor and outdoor organic soils, fertilizers, pest control sprays and more visit espoma.com to find your local dealer or check out my amazon storefront of my favorite Espoma products here.         Follow Danae and Folia Collective Buy Danae's New Book! Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants *  http://danaerolynhorst.com/  https://www.instagram.com/danaerolynhorst/  https://foliacollective.com/ https://www.instagram.com/foliacollective/   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Plant Friends WELCOME to the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio. Wow, I can’t believe we are here. 100 episodes over 3 years, when I really thought we might not get past episode 10. I’m humbled, proud and incredibly honored to have been through this journey alongside you. If you’ve been listening, you’ll know that this podcast was such an insane surprise for me. I’m a professional musical theater performer with a degree is in opera, I’ve spent my life as a plant killer, and now here I am, publishing this episode in celebration of 100 times we as a community have shown up to learn and grow together and nerd out about plants and plant care. What?! I’m so thankful to this community for supporting the show with your listens, shares, contributions and engagement. Beyond thankful. So today is going to be a celebration of just that- this beautiful community.   Speaking of community here are some resources I've made for our community to use!   The 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey - Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and let me get to know you! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in planning episode topics and community resources. We had 1000 people complete the survey last time, so my goal for this survey is 3000 planty listeners! I can't wait to hear from you! The Bloom and Grow Radio Episode Directory! I realize 100 episodes can be overwhelming for any new listeners here, so I went through our 100 episode bank and categorized each episode based on its category: Plant Care, Nerdy Science Breakdowns, Wellness, Planty Business, Seasonal, DIY projects, Edible Gardening, Lifestyle, People and Food. That way, if you are a newbie to the show and feel overwhelmed at the feed, or even if your and OG listener, you can review whatever genre interests you and make sure you haven’t missed any episodes! I will continue updating the directory every 20 episodes or so so it’s always up to date, and I hope that it helps you continue your plant care and wellness education :) Lastly: there’s an epic party happening on IG this week: I'm going live at 1130 EST everyday with one of our favorite guests: yesterday was Leslie Halleck, today Chris Satch, Wednesday Colah from Black in the Garden, Thursday is Summer Rayne Oakes and Friday is Alessia from Apartmentbotanist. We are doing lives where we will have fun plant show and tells and chat and the week is ending in an EPIC giveaway with current and past sponsors of BAGR. Definetly head to @bloomandgrowradio to partake in that giveaway because it is CRAZY!   Top 10 Lessons Learned from 100 Episodes Plants are an instrument for connection Plants make people happy, but they can also make people overwhelmed and anxious. Understanding Light is the Key to Not Killing Plants Using grow lights is an amazing planty home hack Understanding how to water AKA Drainage and capillary action is the OTHER key to not killing plants Plants are a window to wellness With plants, there is always something new to try, no matter how advanced of a plant parent you are! Moss poles are a great addition to your plant fam Anyone can grow their own food Plants are a great way to help children and those in need     Bloom and Grow Radio Goals for the next 100 episodes! Continue to connect with our community on a deeper level and get to know you better through the new listener survey Spending more time in the private BAGR facebook group Designing new ways to get our community involved, virtually for 2020/2021 and IRL in the future! Learn more about horticultural therapy and food insecurity and figure out how BAGR can contribute meaningfully Grow the brand and business - i feel called to do this full time on a large scale: TV, Book, helping people bloom and grow   What’s clear to me is my role in this plant space is to be a community advocate, to learn alongside you, ask the questions you need answered, and foster relationships virtually or in real life with each other so that we can all grow. I believe caring for plants help develop empathy and kindness, and learning those skills will help us make the world a kinder and greener place, and it’s my calling to help as many people successfully care for plants in order to do that.   Thank you for being alongside me for this beautiful ride. Life looks nothing like what I thought it would when I started this podcast 3 years ago. I’m so thankful for that. My plant friends, I adore you, I wish you the plantiest lives full of growth and happiness and that you, of course, keep blooming and keep growing.   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club       Music used is entitled "Fresh Fallen Snow" composed by - Chris Haugen and is the property of Youtube Music Library.
So thrilled to welcome back Lisa from the Houseplant Guru for an EXTENSIVE chat about the wonderful world of ferns. We discuss why and how they are finicky and how to successfully care for them. We also discuss a fun variety of ferns to try for different personalities and answer a whole bunch of listener questions! Lisa has just published her FOURTH book Houseplant Party, filled with fun planty DIY projects for every type of person! In this episode we learn: Why Ferns are considered finicky Where ferns live in nature and how that affects their ability to thrive indoors How to best replicate their environment indoors Lisas humidity hacks to help ferns thrive Basic fern care: light, water, humidity How to fertilize ferns How to deal with mealybugs and scale with Ferns How "systemic pest control" actually works (I had not idea!) What are SPORES How to identify common fern pests Best ferns for different personalities Lisas favorite ferns to try Staghorn ferns Best watering cans to use Mentioned in this episode: Lisa's new book Houseplant Party! (BAGR Amazon Affiliate Link) https://thehouseplantguru.com/2019/09/17/how-to-care-for-a-birds-nest-fern/ https://thehouseplantguru.com/2011/09/15/great-grandmas-fern/ https://thehouseplantguru.com/2019/03/08/a-fern-for-the-fern-challenged/   Thank you Territorial Seed Company for Sponsoring today's episode! Territorial seed provides high quality seeds and plants (over 2000 varieties) that are tried and tested on their 75 acre farm and have a ton of fall varieties for us to try! For seeds, their online garden planner, how to videos and more visit TerritorialSeed.com and use code BLOOM20 for 20% off.   Instructions for being featured in the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio   Follow Lisa, The Houseplant Guru Website: thehouseplantguru.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/houseplantguru/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/HouseplantGuru/   Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio: Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon! Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Join the (free) Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
Hi Plant Friends! I cant believe the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio is around the corner! Many of you have been around since episode 1, and I'm so honored to have learned alongside you in this three year journey! The 100th episode will be my top 10 lessons learned from 100 episodes! I want this episode to be all about our community and these 100 episodes of learning, so I'd like to feature YOU and hear what YOU have learned from the 100 episode catalogue!   I'd love you to call in and answer the following question to get featured in the 100th episode!   What has been your favorite episode of BAGR and how did it help you and/or what is the top thing you've learned from listening to an episode BAGR?   How fun will it be for our community to share their most important lessons with each other? The episode itself will turn into a community sourced, education tribute to all of our amazing guests.   Here are the instructions for calling in! INSTRUCTIONS:   1) Call (203) 998-0394 2) Say and Spell your name and email at the beginning of the message so I can contact you! 3) Share your favorite episode and lesson learned from BAGR in the voicemail!   TIPS:   - Wear headphones with a microphone (way better sound!) - The google voice only allows for a 3 minute message, so you might want to write out your story, or jot some thoughts down on paper to allow for you to effectively tell your story without getting cut off. - If your story requires more than 3 minutes, you can call back and leave back to back messages.   Deadline to call is Wednesday August 5th, that's only a 5 days window to call your lessons in, so please do so ASAP.   I can't wait to hear from our community and feature your lessons. Thanks for being part of this beautiful journey and I'm honored to learn alongside and grow with you through every episode.
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Bonnie Spalding

Thank you Maria! I am learning so much from your podcast!! Even the episodes that I think won't apply to me I learn something from. You are making my new journey into houseplants much smoother! One of the best things I've learned is that all plants don't need to be 3 inches from a window 😄. I've had a few scorched leaves in the past 🙁. And I've learned that airplants need much more water than I thought!!! Again, thank you 💕 🌿🌱

Jun 28th
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Amber Wickenhauser

I have over 20 houseplants that are growing and thriving. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this amazing community! There is so much knowledge and so much to gain here. I love the whimsical positive vibes that is presented in every single episode, starting with the adorable theme song. After listening to the theme song I knew this was the podcast for me. ♥️🌿

Apr 30th
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Livieloo92

Love the podcast! Just have to say I’m not a big fan of the theme song :(

Aug 7th
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Alex

Knowledgeable guests, though a lot of the time feels yuppie & overly commercial

Apr 5th
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Jade Morem

Great episode, I love my calathea! But now I know I am giving it too much light!

Feb 28th
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Melinda Charleen Simsen

I absolutely adored this podcast and it was incredibly informative of the small business I would love to start eventually the spring. I’m a new listener and it makes me happy to know that there are people just like me out there that enjoy this passion and again thank you

Jan 14th
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brosefina lopez

amazing podcast. maria is so sweet and her guest are so kind and knowledgeable. I look forward to every episode.

Nov 20th
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brosefina lopez

LOVED this episode!!

Nov 20th
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Yasmin Elbaradie

One of my favorite podcasts. Upbeat and easy to listen to, interesting guests and topics about houseplants.

Sep 25th
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Ashley Raquel Ruiz

My childhood love and high school sweetheart passed away. I was given some of his ashes. I have been thinking of what he would want me to do with them. Dylan loved nature. Him and his brother, who also passed, memorial was held at their favorite river. I was thinking of adding his ashes to a small lime tree and growing it inside, like Limey. I bought a special mixture to help the ph of the ashes. Do you have any other suggestions? So I can ensure not to kill the plant and waste the ashes. Thank you, Ashley

Jun 20th
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Michelle

just planted the seeds you gave me at the plant swap Maria! I decided to try them on my windowsill instead of in the garden. so excited

Apr 19th
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Michelle

Great episode

Mar 26th
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