Get started with On The Ledge podcast

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If you’re new to On The Ledge, where do you start listening? Sure, you can just binge your way through 70+ shows from episode 1, but if that isn’t for you, this guide will help you find episodes that cover the stuff you want to know. If you have suggestions for changes or additions, drop me a line to ontheledgepodcast@gmail.com.

Want to find out more about me? Check out my about page, and hear me on other gardening podcasts - Garden, Weeds and Words, Mike the Gardener, A Way to Garden and The Sod Show.

Hints, tips, questions and answers

If you’re a complete beginner when it comes to growing houseplants or want to take your growing skills to the next level, this is a great place to start. Whether you want to bring your plant killing streak to an end, your mealy bugs are driving you to distraction, or you want to try your hand at a new plant project, here’s where you’ll find a plethora of information to help you on your journey to a harmonious relationship with your plants. 

Established growers can pick up plenty of info here too, so there is something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a happier, healthier relationship with your plants, read on …

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82. Growing hoyas

63. Palms with Scott Zona

41. The Maranta group (including Calatheas)

31. The Tradescantia Group

17. Pilea peperomioides aka Chinese money plant

58. Indoor Ferns

2. Monstera deliciosa, the Swiss cheese plant

11. Plants for bathrooms featuring Begonias, epiphytic blueberries and Tillandsias

Flowering houseplants

Although they don’t set Instagram alight in the same way foliage plants do, I adore flowering houseplants. From the ubiquitous moth orchid to the teacup African violet, these plants reward your care with beautiful blooms.

Succulents and Cacti

These plants have adapted their leaves and stems to store water and need very specific conditions. Generally they require plenty of sunlight and not too much water, but there are some exceptions to these rules (epiphytic jungle dwellers such as the Christmas cactus).  Generally they’re easy care and quite forgiving, if a few simple rules are followed. They’re ideal gateway plants to start you on the road to plant obsession.

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93. Peter D’Amato of California Carnivores (part one)

60. Nepenthes with Dominick Gravine

32. The Venus flytrap

71. Weird plants with botanist Chris Thorogood

EDIBLE HOUSEPLANTS

91. Growing herbs indoors

7. Chillies with Alys Fowler and David Floyd

4. Microgreens with Mark Diacono

Plant geeks

Here’s my chats with other growers (some of the nicest folks around!), we talk about their plant obsessions, and hear their expert tips and thoughts on growing plants indoors.

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Propagation

So you’ve progressed to the stage where you can not only keep a plant alive, but it’s actually thriving and you now want to try your hand at propagating. There are many potential ways to increase your plants, seeds, cuttings, division are the normal methods, however some will even sprout new plants from a single leaf. Here you’ll get the lowdown on what’s required and pretty soon you’ll have loads of houseplant babies to share and give away.

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On The Ledge field trips and shows

Sometimes I manage to escape my podcast desk and get out into the wider world to speak to houseplant growers in their natural habitat (their homes). I also take part in Q&A sessions, visit gardens and attend flower shows, where I get to see what’s new in plant development, spot upcoming trends and speak to expert growers.

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Jane Perrone