Episode 33: Q&A special


I emptied the virtual postbag to answer listeners' questions on everything from how to water a rattlesnake plant (pictured above) to how to divide an Alocasia. Here are some notes to help you find out more about the plants mentioned in the show...

Plectranthus tomentosa

Plectranthus tomentosa

  • This week's most satisfying plant ID was helping listener Marielle ID her Plectranthus tomentosa aka Vicks plant, with the assistance of the RHS and Plectranthus expert @steveedney4 - because, weirdly, it smells like the gloopy, menthol decongestant stuff!
  • Heather needed help with her first ever indoor plant, a Calathea lancifolia or the rattlesnake plant (pictured above - not my plant, sadly, but I want one!). 
  • Rajul sent a tragic email about the blackening of her succulent collection. There's a  good blogpost on how to save cacti and succulents from rots here.
  • I struggled to pronounce Xanthosoma sagittifolium (pictured below) then wisely started referring to it by one of its common names, tannia. Sofia was desperate to know why her plant was losing leaves: I tried to reassure her that everything was going to be OK!
  • Sometimeshaiku wanted advice on moving home with houseplants - I suggested packing them in bubble wrap in cardboard boxes, and a few other tricks (including making sure the heat was on at the new place before they arrived). There's some advice from the professionals here.
  • Sasha Ivanova wanted to know if she could cut her Alocasia x amazonica in half to make new plants. The answer is yes! Well sort of. You can definitely propagate these plants via division, by taking the plant from its pot and teasing apart the corms. 
  • Paul wanted to know whether his golden pothos/devil's ivy (Epipremnum aureum) could be removed from a moss pole and allowed to hang down. By all means, but I pointed out that it's botanical name actually means "on a tree trunk"... 

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This week's show featured Roll Jordan Roll by the Joy Drops, and An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day Gokarna, both licensed under Creative Commons, and Hot Lips by Bill Brown and His Brownies.

Jane Perrone