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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.

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.
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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.

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English


Episodes

Episode 80: houseplant trends in China, Thailand and Japan with Michael Perry

1/18/2019
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Michael Perry aka Mr Plant Geek joins me to share some of his insights into the houseplant scene in China, Japan and Thailand, from how much you’d pay for a 6ft Adenium in Thailand to how the Chinese are marketing houseplants to children. Plus I answer a jaw-dropping question from a listener who has a peace lily that’s anything but peaceful… Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:28:18

Episode 79: houseplant gadgets, from hand lenses to hygrometers

1/11/2019
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One of the boons of indoor gardening is that this hobby really doesn’t necessitate a lot of kit: a watering can, some pots and some potting mix will get you started. But as your plant obsession grows, there are some gadgets that will help to keep your leafy charges happy and help you deal with routine maintenance. In this episode I highlight some of the gadgets I have found useful, from soil moisture testers to hand lenses. And I answer three questions: one about Calatheas, another on Aloe...

Duration:00:13:40

Episode 78: houseplant hoarding

1/4/2019
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We’ve all been there: the moment when that must-have houseplant leaps off the shelf and into your basket (real or virtual) and you have absolutely no idea how you are going to fit it into your home. In this episode I hear from a couple of listeners - Ehren Wessel and Letty Reynaldo - about their plant addictions, and I chat to hoarding expert Jo Cooke about how to know if you have a problem with hoarding houseplants, and what you can do to improve the situation. Visit janeperrone.com for...

Duration:00:15:09

Episode 77: coral-coloured houseplants, festive care tips, and a look ahead to 2019

12/21/2018
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As it’s the final episode of the year, I thought I’d have some fun and discuss some of the houseplants that embody the Pantone colour of the year for 2019, ‘living coral’; plus I offer up some festive houseplant care tips and talk about what’s coming up in 2019 on the podcast. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:09:00

Episode 76: how to take great photos of your houseplants

12/15/2018
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Whether you’re keeping records of houseplants’ growth or showing them off on social media, taking photographs indoors can be tricky. I speak to three plant photographers to find out their top tips on lighting, framing and focusing your shot - and learn about some simple, inexpensive pieces of kit that can help you up your game. Plus - I answer a question about a Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ that’s letting its name down by being anything but pink. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:26:45

Episode 75: do houseplants clean the air?

12/7/2018
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You’ve read the headlines, but do houseplants really clean the air in your house? A Nasa study from decades ago is the oft-cited authority on the subject, but surely there must be some more recent research into the topic? Thankfully, the answer is yes. Curtis Gubb is in the final year of a PhD at the University of Birmingham. He’s working on a project to discover whether houseplants really do have a positive effect on air quality, working in partnership with the RHS. I chatted to him about...

Duration:00:23:06

Episode 74: Aquascaping with George Farmer

11/30/2018
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Professional aquascaper George Farmer turned his hobby into a successful career, becoming one of the stars of the aquarium scene. I visited his home in Cambridgeshire to find out where it all began, get some tips on how to get started with your first underwater landscape, and how his love of aquascaping helped him deal with PTSD in the wake of his previous career in active service as an RAF bomb disposal operative. See janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:27:46

Episode 73: Dutch houseplant adventures part two

11/23/2018
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I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; last week’s episode covered my trip to the Flora Holland show, and this week I’m talking about the plants I saw at the three nurseries we visited the following day - Amstel BV, Ubink and Vireo. James Wong was there too so we got to geek out over houseplants together - fun! Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:34:08

Episode 72: Dutch houseplant adventures part one

11/16/2018
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I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; it was an informative and fun trip, and a brilliant opportunity to understand the fascinating world of Dutch ornamental plant production. This week I’m talking about the plants I saw at the Flora Holland trade show during day one of the visit - next week I’ll cover the greenhouse growers we visited. Former OTL guest (I think we can now call him a regular…) James Wong was there too so we got to geek out over houseplants...

Duration:00:22:03

Episode 71: Weird Plants by botanist Chris Thorogood

11/9/2018
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Houseplants are all weird and wonderful, but there are some that outdo the rest for their ability to surprise us. Dr Chris Thorogood is a botanist at Oxford Botanic Garden with a clever sideline in painting brilliant pictures of the plants he loves and studies: his new book, Weird Plants, is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to delve a bit deeper into some of the strangest corners of the botanical world. In today’s episode I find out from Chris why engineers are studying the slippery...

Duration:00:28:06

Episode 70: OTL at the RHS London Urban Garden Show

11/2/2018
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I normally record On The ledge in my pyjamas with an unwashed face and a mug of tea at ten o’clock at night, so last Friday it was rather a novelty to be at the RHS halls in London, it’s rather a fully dressed and mostly clean, with a cocktail in my hand, recording an episode of On The Ledge in front of a live audience. My guests were Alys Fowler, Birmingham-based gardener, garden writer and author of houseplant book Plant Love, and London-based horticulturist and garden designer Rob...

Duration:00:44:47

Episode 69: Jane Perrone's houseplant tour part two

10/19/2018
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If you’ve listened to episode after episode of me talking about my plants, and have wondered exactly what my plant collection looks like, now is your chance. (I did do a kitchen houseplant tour back in episode 38 but lots of plants have been moved since then…) In this episode I offer up a tour of my kitchen and half of my sun room plants, and you can watch a video on YouTube as well as listening to an audio account here. Visit Janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:31:15

Episode 68: preparing your houseplants for winter

10/12/2018
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It’s the time of year when we do the houseplant shuffle - that desperate effort to get all the houseplants safely inside before they are ripped apart by winter winds or rendered crinkly with an overnight frost. In this episode I demonstrate how I get a plant ready to come inside, and talk to Norwegian nursery owner and houseplant collector Tommy Tonsberg about how he gets his plants through the long winter. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:22:48

Episode 67, part seven: Epiphyllum anguliger aka fishbone cactus

10/9/2018
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The first challenge with this plant is mastering its Latin name! The genus Epiphyllum belongs to the forest or orchid cacti, named for their orchid-like stems. Anguliger means ‘angle bearing’ and if you’ve seen the flattened stems of this plant you’ll know why! Its striking zigzag or ric rac patterns make E. anguliger a popular feature on Instagram. For full show notes visit janeperrone.com.

Duration:00:07:54

Episode 67, part six: Sedum morganianum aka burro's tail

10/8/2018
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Sedum morganianum was a bit of a botanical mystery until ten years ago. No one really knew where it grew in the wild, although it was believed to live in Veracruz in Mexico. Then a couple of botanists stumbled across some specimens growing in a ravine near Coatepec in Veracruz, Mexico. Read the full tale - including how the plant was first found and brought into cultivation in 1935 - in this piece from the International Crassulaceae Network. See janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:09:17

Episode 67, part five: Peperomia prostrata

10/5/2018
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As the Latin name suggests, in its native Brazil this tiny Peperomia grows by creeping around on the ground and along tree bark. That said, it grows brilliantly as a trailing pot plant, and is so diminutive that it’s perfect for keeping ‘on the ledge’. It’s a member of the pepper family, so you may seen this sold as ‘trailing pepper plant’. If you squint you might mistake it for string of hearts, and the stems are equally as wiry, but the leaves are fleshier and rounder - some compare the...

Duration:00:07:18

Episode 67, part four: Episcia cupreata aka flame violet

10/4/2018
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The flame violet holds its own among any variegated plant you can name, and yet for some reason they are not as popular as they should be! These members of the Gesneriad clan grow in central America where they tend to romp around at ground level, but they also make brilliant trailing plants. The ‘cupreata’ bit means coppery, reflecting the metallic tones of the foliage. They have been bred extensively to create many beautiful hybrids: some majoring on the flowers, but mostly it’s the...

Duration:00:08:55

Episode 67, part three: Ceropegia woodii, aka string of hearts

10/3/2018
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String of hearts, hearts entangled, chain of hearts … there are so many common names for this popular trailing plant. It’s simple to grow, widely available and endlessly fascinating. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:11:16

Episode 67 part two: Hoya linearis

10/2/2018
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This plant grows in the Himalayan region and is an epiphyte, dangling from trees like green furry tinsel. Mine hasn’t flowered yet, but I am looking forward to the clusters of starry white flowers that are reputedly lemon-scented. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:08:23

Episode 67 part one: Senecio rowleyanus aka string of pearls

10/1/2018
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It’s trailing plants week! We’re looking at seven iconic trailing plants across the week, in bite-sized daily mini-episodes. First up: string of pearls, aka Senecio rowleyanus. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.

Duration:00:08:52