I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; last week’s episode covered my trip to the Flora Holland show, and this week I’m talking about the plants I saw at the three nurseries we visited the following day. They were Amstel BV, Ubink and Vireo.Read More
I explore the wonderful world of palms with my guest, botanist Scott Zona, a Miami, Florida-based palm expert: you can find him on Twitter as @Scott_Zona. Plus, a listener question about a cactus that's refusing to produce new prickles, answered with the help of British Cactus and Succulent Society president Colin Walker.Read More
I had so much fun and fascinating stuff to chat about with expert botanist and houseplant maverick James Wong (aka @botanygeek on Twitter and Instagram) that I am bringing you another chunk of our chat this week. We check out his incredible waterlily nano pond made from a glass fruit bowl, his Avatar-inspired aquarium and living wall, his fishbowl terrarium and more.Read More
One of the many satisfying things about succulents is just how easy they are to propagate: this week I take a look at how to propagate succulents from existing plant material, aka cuttings (take a listen back to On The Ledge episode 36 for information on sowing from seed). And I answer questions about a jade plant with a split in its stem, and offer suggestions for small plants for a bedroom shelf.Read More
The Maranta group, aka the prayer plants, all share an incredible plant superpower: they can open and shut their leaves. They're also one of THE houseplants of the moment, because they all have intricately patterned leaves that the current generation of houseplant fans just love. This is my rundown of the four clans of Maranta, plus I answer a question about a cactus with brown spots.