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Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life with episodes of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to ge ...
 
This is Plant Daddy Podcast: serving you intersectional horticulture. I’m Matthew, and I’m Stephen. We are Plant Daddies living in Seattle, WA, podcasting about our passion for cultivating plants. Since our identities are intersectional, and [we'd like to think] include much more than just being gay millennial Plant Daddies, we'll also get into pop culture, LGBTQ+ content, current events, and our own personal stories. We chat with such guests as gardening, botany and horticulture experts, am ...
 
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Welcome to the Grow Your Self podcast. Are you interested in growing indoors this year? This is a topic we have not covered yet on the podcast, but it is definitely a must listen. Today, I have a very special guest that is a pro at growing indoors. I am always looking for people covered with green things on the internet, and this woman is definitel…
 
We kick off 2021 with Maria Failla of Bloom and Grow Radio, who shares her perspectives on classes at the botanical garden, plant care for mindfulness, and she even guesses our plant parent personality types. Did Maria help the Plant Daddies begin to find themselves? Did Matthew put down that Gardenia? Does he sing Memory? Prepare for some surprise…
 
So we have said goodbye to 2020 and all of the insanity that came with it, but there is something we haven’t said goodbye to: working from home. Many companies have pledged to work from home well into 2021, leaving us sitting in our sweatpants, computer monitors and weird makeshift home offices with reluctant acceptance. People are spending more ti…
 
So we have said goodbye to 2020 and all of the insanity that came with it, but there is something we haven’t said goodbye to: working from home. Many companies have pledged to work from home well into 2021, leaving us sitting in our sweatpants, computer monitors and weird makeshift home offices with reluctant acceptance. People are spending more ti…
 
The Plant Daddies are ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into their houseplant trend predictions for 2021! Anyone surprised that Aroids and Hoyas feature heavily? They're also ready to vent about the 'It Plants' that disappointed them the most last year. Do the laws of physics apply to these plant fads? Let's just humor Stephen and say "yes." …
 
One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten from our community is how to understand humidity and watering better. As we are in the depths of winter, humidity is a big topic and focus in our plant care routines, and you are going to hear a LOT about it today in a nerdy deep dive with two other plant podcasters, the daddies of the Plant Daddy Podcast St…
 
Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life with episodes of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirec…
 
New year, new you? How about new year, growing you? That's what we're going to talk about on today's Grow Your Self podcast. Guys, we have survived 2020. Now it is time to look forward to 2021 and we got you! On this episode, I am going to introduce to you the Gardenary theme for 2021, how we are going to take the year by storm, and we are going to…
 
What a year it’s been. I’m thankful 2020 is coming to a close and excited for 2021, I think a silver lining 2020 has given us is truly understanding the power of plants and how they can help us relieve stress and cultivate more joy in our lives. My goal for Bloom and Grow is to help everyone successfully care for plants for that exact reason, to ma…
 
2020 is coming to a close, and the Plant Daddies are ready to come clean with closing thoughts on the episodes this year, including corrections, updates, further details, and even some changes of heart. Stephen laments the current pest-mageddon in his home. His solution? Moving. Then he accidentally gets Matthew started on Monstera obliqua. Sorry, …
 
Welcome back to Grow Your Self! Today’s episode is one from way back at the beginning of season one. I am going to recap for you what foods to grow and eat seasonally for the cool and cold seasons. Today, we’re going to explore: What plants to grow & enjoy this winter 3 categories of cold season plants When to plant & harvest Different ways to prep…
 
One of the major things that plants do is help connect us with nature. I think as plant parents, once we use plants to reconnect with ourselves and make our homes look beautiful, they also get us thinking more about nature and the earth and how important it’s preservation is. So today’s episode is exploring just that: plant parenthood and low waste…
 
Or should we say another closer look? In the spirit of the holidays, we've decided to give Euphorbia pulcherrima, AKA Poinsettia, AKA Cuetlaxochitl, the full episode treatment! We fill in the gaps with facts galore, botanical, AND horticultural history - including four minutes of our own vintage audio! We even laugh through an industrial greenhouse…
 
I’m so excited to welcome back Kay from @inrootedlove for a next level conversation on the soil free Semi Hydroponic or Passive Hydroponic Lifestyle. You might remember Kay from episode 77 an Intro to Semi or Passive Hydroponics- so now that year has passed and our community has been experimenting with this style of growing- she’s joining me again …
 
On this very special episode, we discuss the Strelitzia, specifically S. nicolai, the White Bird of Paradise. This plant was formative to Matthew's journey as a young plant parent, as we suspect it is for many others, too. After Stephen recovers from shocking past "care" stories, he comes around to "this isn't terrible at all!" Is pruning going to …
 
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take your passion in the garden and turn it into a garden consulting business? Today's episode is created just for you. In fact, this is the second episode that I have with one of our super special guests in the Gardenary world. Her name is Ashley and she is the founder of Heirloom Potager. Today we'r…
 
In this month's Chill 'n Chat, we kick back and muse about how we approach plant gifting and which plants we'd gift - even to brand new or yet-to-be plant parents. And If you're shopping for an advanced hobbyist, we at least take a stab for you (but good luck with that!) In other news, we hear about Stephen's forgotten Orchid and a Croton Matthew h…
 
Thankfulness. Gratitude. It's sometimes hard to come by. It's something we know we should have more of, but let's be honest, we all know it's pretty tough sometimes to say thank you and even tougher sometimes to feel it. On today's episode, we're going to talk about the fact that the garden and gratitude, they just go together. It's all about grati…
 
We don't want to say this episode is dense... but it's certainly heavier than our preferred well-draining potting mixes. You can't say we didn't warn you! We set out to understand the semantic differences between dirt, soil, and "all-purpose potting mix," picking apart the various components like peat, perlite, coir, charcoal, and - screw it, we ju…
 
I recently took Intro to Horticultural Therapy at NYBG and Anne Meore, my teacher, joins me today to discuss the biggest lessons learned in class, review some studies we learned about on the science behind the plant/people connection and to discuss the concept and use of restorative spaces. As I “bloom and grow” as a plant parent and a business I a…
 
Which vegetable suggests that Asian people may have actually traveled all the way to South America long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue? Which vegetable is preferred in the South of the United States, but the health experts say all of us everywhere should be eating more? And which vegetable is grown from something that you've only heard of in…
 
Join us as we chat about some plants we don't really like but "sort of grow!" Don't worry - as always, we manage to find several species in Tradescantia and related genera that we want (and for which we think we have room?) Is Stephen's cruel, sparse aesthetic starting to rub off on Matthew? How is this is one of Stephen's roughly three ornamental …
 
Boy of boy am I excited about this EPICly planty conversation. This episode is inspired largely by the responses in the BAGR 2020 Listener Survey I’ve been combing through. Many of us in the community are loving collecting plants, but have struggled with the overwhelm of learning how to manage your ever growing collections- so I decided to ask thre…
 
Ready for more good news out of Georgia? *wink* We sit down with Colah B Tawkin from Black in the Garden, another community-focused plant podcast, for a wide-ranging discussion about her inspirations, past and present, how she REALLY feels about her own plant parenthood, and what's next for her - including Season 3 teasers and a whole new podcast! …
 
Welcome to Grow Your Self! What's your high, your low, and your ‘bet you didn't know’? Have you ever asked your family this question? We often have this discussion over our crazy dinner table and it's a great way to sum up and review what's just happened. In today's episode, we're going to do our high, our low, and our ‘I didn't know that’ of the 2…
 
You're in for a treat this week - it's another plant we both love! And wow - tangent city, OK? We each try to recall the same fateful plant shopping trip from years ago, but will we agree on the particulars? Matthew claims this is Stephen's Plant Daddy origin story. Oh, right, we're talking about the Purple Pitcher Plant. Is this a good first Carni…
 
Welcome back to Grow Your Self! Raise your hand if you could use some more emotional and mental l stability this year. I’ve got both of my hands up and my feet and whatever else I can put up to show you that I need help. 2020 has been a test for all of us and for some of us in more ways than one. This week I am bringing back one of my most popular …
 
Plant friends, I’m so excited to finally bring this highly request episode to your earbuds! I have to be honest, for the first 3 years I really wasn’t getting the whole “hoya craze” that many of my plant friends were going through, I just didn’t get it. But after I was gifted a Hoya compacta from a listener… and realized how much it looked like sta…
 
While we check in on our winterizing efforts and recommendations for movies and TV, we also talk about Stephania erecta, Stephania nova, Tylecodon, and [many] other plants. But don't worry - we still argue! Stephen claims that all succulents are "his thing," and then Matthew gives us a glimpse of the inner turmoil a Fiddle Leaf Fig, thoughts about …
 
Welcome to Grow Your Self! Did you know that even though there's no commercials telling you anything about a garden in the middle of October, October and November are actually the ideal times to start a garden? Yes, really. I'm not just telling you that because I'm a gardener and I run a garden consulting business. It's actually the truth and you'r…
 
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