Episode 64: Darryl Cheng aka House plant journal

Photograph: House Plant Journal/Darryl Cheng.

Photograph: House Plant Journal/Darryl Cheng.

Darryl Cheng - timelapse photographer extraordinaire, Instagram maven and houseplant doctor - is my guest this week.

We discuss everything from why instructions to grow a plant in ‘bright indirect light’ doesn’t really help houseplant growers to the dangers of anthropomorphising plants. Follow Darryl on Instagram and Twitter and support his Patreon here.

Below is a list of the plants and topics we mention in this episode:

Darryl’s mighty Monstera. Photograph: House Plant Journal/Darryl Cheng.

Darryl’s mighty Monstera. Photograph: House Plant Journal/Darryl Cheng.

Question of the week

Darcey has a Hoya lanceolata subsp. bella that’s dropping flower buds before they open, but what’s the cause? Sadly there are many possible reasons for this, a common complaint about hoyas: it could be that the plant has been moved, there’s a draught, irregular watering or too much fertiliser. I run through some of the options for Darcey to consider.

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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 this date in your diary NOW!

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This week's show featured Roll Jordan Roll by the Joy DropsA Man Approaches with Bowed Sitar by Samuel Corwin and Overthrown by Josh Woodward, all licensed under Creative Commons.