Episode 24: Prick cactus shop and Gynelle Leon

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Sinocrassula yunnanensis  f.  cristata . Photograph: Prick London

Sinocrassula yunnanensis f. cristata. Photograph: Prick London

On The Ledge went on a day trip to London to visit Prick, London's first boutique for cacti and succulents, and meet its charismatic owner, Gynelle Leon. She spent a year researching before opening her shop, and it shows: Leon is a houseplant nerd of the highest order (and I mean that as a total compliment) so as you can imagine we get on very well, discussing everything from the cactus as phallic symbol to how to know when to water your succulents. 

You can read more about Gynelle and Prick by heading over to gardenista.com and read the piece I penned for their shoppers' diary section. 

If you're wondering what the crazy plant Gynelle and I describe as looking like a wave, take a look at the picture to the left above: it's planted in one of Gynelle's fantastic bespoke Prick pots. Below are more images of the minimalist interior of Prick, showing the forest of cacti in the window and the simple, stylish 'Prick pots' Gynelle Leon commissioned specially for her store. On the far right you can see the huge Opuntia that I mention and Gynelle says would make a great Christmas gift (HINT HINT!)

Photograph: Jon Devo

Photograph: Jon Devo

Question of the week

Lovely worms ... but not in your houseplants.

Lovely worms ... but not in your houseplants.

This week's question comes from Jessica Darlington who has an infestation of red wriggler or composting worms in her houseplant pots. Now, I love worms, they are brilliant creatures, but I do not want them cohabiting with my houseplants.

I suggest Jessica carries out a mass deworming programme, taking every single one of her houseplants out of their pots (maybe in the bath or a large sink).

The pots will need washing in hot soapy water and rinsing, then every scrap of compost needs to be removed from the rootballs of the plants, to dislodge all the worms and any eggs. Then the plants can be repotted into fresh houseplant compost. The staghorn ferns infested with worms are harder to fix, but I suggest dunking the rootball in a bucket of water repeatedly to flush them out. If you have a better idea, let me know!

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This week's show featured the tracks Whistling Rufus by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra and An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day, Gokarna from Samuel Corwin's Selected Field Recordings from India and Nepal, Volume I (Folk Songs), both licensed under Creative Commons, and Hot Lips by Bill Brown and His Brownies.

Jane Perrone