Episode eleven: plants for bathrooms, feat. Tillandsias

Living on air:  Tillandsia xerographica  (behind) and  T. ionantha.  Photograph:  searcher  on  Flickr .

Living on air: Tillandsia xerographica (behind) and T. ionantha. Photograph: searcher on Flickr.

Tillandsia ionantha  in flower. Photograph by  Andrey Zharkikh  on  Flickr .

Tillandsia ionantha in flower. Photograph by Andrey Zharkikh on Flickr.

This week's show takes a confessional turn from the start when I admit I have NOT ONE PLANT in my bathroom. It's mainly because I lack a windowsill in there, but this really is no excuse.

 I clearly need some houseplant inspiration, so I start out by talking to plantsman Robbie Blackhall-Miles about the plants that fill his two bathrooms, from angel wing begonias to epiphytic blueberries (yes really...)

Here's a list of the plants we talk about... 

Inspired by Robbie's championing of the Tillandsia or air plant for bathrooms, I decide to give Graham Sigsworth of air plant specialist nursery Crafty Plants in Lancashire, England a bell for the Tillandsia tips. We talk about these plants:

For more information on Tillandsia care, visit Crafty Plants' excellent advice page.

Question of the week

This week's question is about a "bratty" satin pathos... could the AC be to blame?

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Credits

Thanks to my guests Robbie Blackhall-Miles of Fossil Plants and Graham Sigsworth of Crafty Plants; to 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.

Jane Perrone