EPISODE 5: How not to kill your houseplant with Veronica Peerless
This week I find out what yellowing leaves mean in a houseplant, confess to sawing a peace lily in half and get the lowdown on plant pests from Veronica Peerless, whose new book How Not To Kill Your Houseplant (£9.99 from DK) is out now.
Here are links to some of the plants we discuss:
- Begonia rex
- Asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceous & Asparagus aethiopicus)
- Delta maidenhair fern (Adiantum radianum)
- Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)
- Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
- African spear plant (Sansevieria cylindrica)
And here are Veronica's suggestions for houseplants that are really hard to kill....
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallissii)
- Aspidistra/cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
- ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
- Succulents and cacti for a sunny windowsill - just remember to water them in spring and summer!
Question of the week
This week's question comes from @allotmentalice who wants to know "how do you keep a Ficus from throwing a wobbly every few weeks and dropping all its leaves"? Have a listen to find out the answer! If you've got a question for me to answer, scroll down to find out how to get in touch, or post a comment below.
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Thanks my guest Veronica Peerless, props to my old mucker and talented voice artist Mark Hamilton for providing the extra voices you hear in this show; On The Ledge's theme music is Government Funded Weed by Black Ant which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. You also heard Hot Lips by Bill Brown and His Brownies.