Episode 39: Matt Candeias, In Defense of Plants podcast

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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:

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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News on the newsletter...

Subscribe now for a chance to get hold of my monthly newsletter, and it's packed full of useful info for plant parents, including my 'lust list' of plants you are going to be crushing hard on, four incredible plant lover Instagrammers to follow, and links to some excellent resources for the #OTL sowalong.  Not signed up yet? You can get your email on the list for the March edition here.

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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This week's show featured Roll Jordan Roll by the Joy Drops, and An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day Gokarna, and Oh Mallory by Josh Woodward, all licensed under Creative Commons.

Jane Perrone