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On The Ledge is a podcast all about indoor gardening - helping you to grow everything from Aloe vera to the ZZ plant. Presenter Jane Perrone has been nuts about houseplants since she was knee high to a Swiss cheese plant. She quizzes the experts, helps you find cool new stuff to grow and figures out how to fix your plant problems. For more information, email ontheledgepodcast@gmail.com or visit janeperrone.com.
 
The Grow Guide is a weekly gardening podcast co-hosted by rookie grower, Maggie Wysocki, who asks all the questions you’re afraid to, and master grower, Dave Hanson, who answers them all with wisdom. Listen in as they chat openly about seasonal gardening topics, including the trials, tribulations and successes of growing in climates where it can feel...kind of impossible.
 
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Happy Holidays, Grow Guiders (this episode was pre-recorded prior to Christmas)! Maggie and Dave catch up before the Christmas break to chat about their fav things - Maggie shares about caring for Poinsettias long-term and Dave shares about a gothic-style houseplant. Then they're joined by a returning guest, Jane Perrone who tells us all about the …
 
We're celebrating our 100th episode in the only way we know how, talking about plants! Thank you for all the support over the years, we're so proud of what The Grow Guide has become and ready to bring you more great content in 2021. We kick off today's episode with a walk down memory lane, remembering some of our fav moments (episodes discussed lin…
 
*I am re-upoading this episode as many listeners have had problems with the old file - my apologies!* Rare cacti and succulents are being ripped out of the ground and sold illegally all over the world. Dr Jared Margulies of the University of Alabama joins me to discuss the issue of plant poaching: from what to look for when you’re buying rare succu…
 
This bonus episode has nothing to do with plants! It’s just a bit of fun. I read an abridged version of the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I hope it’ll be a relaxing listen, but if you’re just here for the houseplants, skip this one and check out my back catalogue of more than 160 planty episodes. I’ll be back with a…
 
Find out how to turn a glass cabinet from IKEA into a stylish indoor greenhouse with my guests Camila Lohr and Vinny Araujo, plus I answer a question about preventative pest control and we hear from listener Zoe in New Zealand in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-166-ikea-greenh…
 
Editor's Note: This week's episode has audio issue due to remote recording, we apologize in advance. Maggie and Dave are joined by a returning guest this week, Zach Loeks. Zach, as always, is full of knowledge and shares his unique perspective on biodiversity. He covers finding opportunity in everyday landscapes and reconsidering how we organize ou…
 
If your new plant has super-shiny leaves, it may have been treated with a leaf shine spray. I find out more about these products with Canadian garden writer Larry Hodgson, and discuss the best ways to clean plant leaves. Plus we hear from listener Beth. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-164-leaf-s…
 
My guest this week is Travis Cooper aka @plantsdecoop, creator of #PlantsNPoses on Instagram: we cover everything from plant purges and the best Anthuriums for newbies to the power of creativity and the joy of tapping into our childhood playfulness. I also answer a question about choosing a new home with your plants in mind. For full show notes vis…
 
I delve into the history of On The Ledge and explain how it all began, as well as how I put the show together today, plus we meet listener Armando, host of podcast The Plant Nook, and I answer a question about houseplant wholesalers. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/13/episode-163-behind-the-scenes-at-on-the-ledge…
 
On this week's episode, Maggie and Dave are joined by Zone 4b American grower, Meg Cowden, the blogger behind Seed to Fork. Meg shares about her inspiring approach to gardening and how to embrace a mindset that positions cold climate gardening as a strength. Topics covered in this episode: growing nuts, prepping the garden for Fall, soil blocks for…
 
I learn about the science of tissue culture and what it means for the houseplant industry with the help of Chris Reynolds, founder of tissue culture lab Seedless Labs. Plus I answer a question about an ivy and a Dracaena called Norman, and we hear from listener Karl. Full show notes: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/23/episode-161-t…
 
Professor Nox Makunga of Stellenbosch University in South Africa joins me to explain the pigments that give houseplant leaves their colours, I answer a question about a ‘Silver Ripple’ Peperomia and we hear from listener Mia. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/16/episode-160-leaf-botany-part-four-pigments…
 
Dave and Maggie are back in studio and excited to chat about garlic, the frost tolerance of figs, a beautiful little book that was shared with them and send a shoutout to a listener with amazing cold-climate grapes. Indoor baby greens are the feature topic for this episode and your hosts take a deep dive on everything you need to know about setting…
 
It’s the final part of my run-through of the various things you can use to make up your houseplant potting mixes, including perlite and vermiculite; plus I answer a question about a mixed planter. Want to help me make my houseplant book Legends of the Leaf a reality? Pledge now.... https://unbound.com/books/legends-of-the-leaf/ For the full show no…
 
In the second part of my potting mix ingredients A-Z I work through from C to L, plus I answer a question about watering citrus trees, and we hear from listener Theresa. Want to help me make my houseplant book Legends of the Leaf a reality? Pledge now! For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/25/episode-157-an-a-to-…
 
I am joined by fellow houseplant expert Mr Houseplant, aka Vladan Nikolic, to discuss the ingredients that go into your plants’ pots, plus I answer a question about finding name-appropriate houseplant gifts. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/18/episode-156-potting-mix-ingredients-an-a-to-z-part-one…
 
Award winning author and gardening educator Steven Biggs is our guest this week, here to help make the transition smoother for any plants that are coming inside for winter. Dave also takes on a listener question about growing peppers indoors and shares a "spritzy" plant of the week! Episode links: Find us on Facebook Find us on Instagram Connect wi…
 
Prices for so-called unicorn plants have gone sky high as the houseplant trend continues to explode, but this week I am asking: is any plant really worth that much? Plus I answer a listener question about marks on a moon cactus and we hear from listener Basma. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/4/episode-154-t…
 
Organic grower Claire Ratinon joins me to talk about her new book, How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House and racism in horticulture, and I answer a question about a jade plant with tiny leaves. For the full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/8/27/episode-153By Jane Perrone
 
In this milestone 150th episode, I lay out my manifesto for On The Ledge and answer a question about growing tomatoes, plus we meet listener Lydia and look back at some highlights from the last 50 episodes. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/7/19/episode-150-the-on-the-ledge-manifesto…
 
Dave and Maggie are trilled to welcome award-winning author Niki Jabbour back to the show. Niki shares a ton of practical and insightful tips on how to keep your summer garden flourishing, navigating slugs, zucchini issues, powdery mildew hacks, tomato tantrums and more during our recent chat. Niki also becomes our first guest ever to join in on ou…
 
Maggie and Dave are back and they've missed you, Grow Guiders! It's been a few weeks since the last episode and Maggie and Dave have been spending the last few weeks enjoying their own gardens and managing COVID safely. But today we're back to chat about protecting our gardens from the extreme heat of summer that tends to hit gardeners hard at this…
 
Guttation and CAM (aka Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) are central processes for many of our houseplants, but what do they involve? Terrestrial ecologist Dr Polly Schiffman explains all (and we find out which is her favourite!) Plus I answer a question about a lanky Pilea and we hear from Joe from Texas in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit…
 
If you’ve ever been flummoxed by a houseplant that came with a label marked simply ‘foliage’, this episode will help you start to figure out the name of your new addition. Plant expert Jaco Nel of app SmartPlant joins me to explain the clues he looks for when trying to name plants, and attempts a live plant identification. For full show notes visit…
 
When it's unusually hot, you may feel the strain: your houseplants can struggle too. I offer up some tips to help your plants cope with a heatwave, and Doug Chamberlain of Vermont Hoyas joins me to answer a listener question. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/6/26/episode-146-houseplants-heatwave-hoyas…
 
Tyler Thrasher is the host of podcast Greenhouse Rants and a brilliant polymath who breeds succulents, has designed and crowdfunded his own plant journal and much, much more. He joins me to talk about why he loves creating Crassula hybrids, racism and the plant community, and why some of the best plant info is not found on the internet! For full sh…
 
If you enjoy a blast from the past, you’ll like this week’s profiled plants: three species that were once ubiquitous but have been inexplicably ignored in the current houseplant revolution: the piggyback plant, Swedish ivy and Pilea ‘Moon Valley’. And I answer a question about an unusual potential source of water for bromeliads. For full show notes…
 
Mealybugs are one of the most common and hard-to-treat pests you’ll encounter as a houseplant grower, so it’s high time we devoted a whole episode to these furry terrors! I interview entomologist Dr Raymond Cloyd to find out what they are and how to get rid of them. Plus, I answer a question about a droopy Calathea. For full show notes, visit https…
 
Ever wondered why the leaves of your houseplants are different in shape? Professor Enrico Coen of the John Innes Centre joins to me to explain. I co-opt Stephen of the Plant Daddy podcast to help me answer a question about a Nepenthes, and we meet listener Mikaela. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/29/episode…
 
Today’s diva plant is Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’, the polka dot begonia: Daniel Minton of Instagram account @minstera_ offers up some expert care tips on how to keep it looking lush. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-weekBy Jane Perrone
 
It's Diva Week! I'm bringing you expert advice on how to care for five demanding houseplants, broken down into bite-sized episodes every weekday. Today: begonia vine aka Cissus discolor, with care tips from horticulturist Leslie Halleck. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week…
 
It's Diva Week! I'm bringing you expert advice on how to care for five demanding houseplants, broken down into bite-sized episodes every weekday. First up: Ficus lyrata, the fiddle leaf fig, with care tips from expert grower @planttrekker. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/5/15/episode-140-diva-week…
 
This week's episode covers a variety of grow topics! Dave and Maggie and back together (remotely!) and start off by catching-up on what's new in their gardening lives. Dave shares about the changes he's had to make at the garden centre due to COVID and sheds some light on how this pandemic has changed the seed industry. Maggie shares how she's been…
 
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