Episode 28: Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, the Houseplant Guru


Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is the Houseplant Guru: she describes herself as being a little obsessed with houseplants although I know that she’s under-exaggerating for effect! She lives in Detroit, Michigan and her new book Houseplants: The Complete Guide. You can find her website at thehouseplantguru.com. I chatted to her about her huge plant collection, why there’s no such thing as a black thumb, and why feeding sick plants is a bad idea. 

On The Ledge Houseplant Sowalong 2018...

If you want houseplants - LOTS of houseplants - in 2018, why not join our On The Ledge mission to grow houseplants from seed? I've just set up a Facebook group for you to join, and you can use #OTLsowalong for your posts on Instagram and Twitter. 

... And I want your houseplant resolutions!

On January 5 I am going to be devoting a show to my - and your - houseplant new year's resolutions. Please drop me a line to tell me what yours are - it could be sourcing that special, rare plant you have been lusting after for years (Philodendron 'Pink Princess', anyone?), taking better care of your cacti or finally eradicating that mealy bug problem. It would be great if you could record your resolutions ... just record a voice memo on your phone and send it to me at ontheledgepodcast@gmail.com. Thanks!

Question of the week


This week's question concerns the delectable succulent Crassula 'Baby's Necklace' - listener Ash Matadeen wants to know whether to remove the dead flowers or leave them be? 

If you want to find out more about the parentage of this hybrid, check out this information on the International Crassulaceae Network. Geoff Stein's piece on stacked crassulas is also worth a read if you like the look of this plant.

Want to ask me a question? Tweet @janeperrone, leave a message on my Facebook page or email ontheledgepodcast@gmail.com. There's another Q&A special coming soon, so get those plant problems logged now!

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This week's show featured the tracks Dill Pickles by the Heftone Banjo Orchestra and A Man Approaches With Bowed Sitar, Rishikesh 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. Thanks also to Mark Hamilton for his voices: find out more at markhamilton.org.uk.

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