Episode 39: Matt Candeias, In Defense of Plants podcast
My guest this week is Matt Candeias, host of botanically brilliant podcast In Defense of Plants, and he's also a PhD student at the University of Illinois in the US, studying how plants are responding to climate change. I discovered Matt's work at about the same time I started On The Ledge (you can read my top five gardening podcasts post here). I've been a fan ever since, so it was a privilege to chat to Matt about everything from why we're both serial Begonia killers to why his family have finally stopped buying him moth orchids for his birthday.
I'll be chatting to Matt on his podcast soon so do go and subscribe now!
Here's a list of the plants we mention:
- Pleurothallis orchids
- Pinguiculas (I mention my cultivar, 'Tina'
- Philodendron 'Pink Princess' (currently available in the UK here)
- Disa orchids
- Begonia luxurians
- Maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum)
- Hoya carnosa
Question of the week
Listener Matt wanted to know what to do about the fuzzy fungi on the surface of his seed tray... so I offer up some advice on how to prevent damping off. There's a good RHS page on the symptoms of and solutions of damping off here.
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On The Ledge live show and houseplant chats
I am going to be at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on the afternoon of July 4 giving talks on houseplants in the roses theatre - do join me if you can. And on the evening of Friday October 26 I'll be bringing a live show of On The Ledge to the RHS London Urban Garden show, with special guests including Alys Fowler and all kinds of leafy fun! Put those dates in your diary NOW!
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