On The Ledge

On The Ledge

www.janeperrone.com
The podcast about houseplants, from Aloe vera to the ZZ plant.


119: how to give your houseplants a health check
Dec 6 • 36 min
One of the best things you can do this winter is give your houseplants a health check: I explain how it’s done. Plus I answer a question about what to do with fallen leaves, and we discuss developments in OTL’s quest for a monstera emoji with my assistant…
118: surviving winter, with the Arctic Gardener
Nov 29 • 39 min
Find out how to help your houseplants survive ‘the death months’ with Anders Røyneberg, aka the Arctic Gardener. And I answer a question about how to keep carnivorous plants happy when you can’t get hold of rainwater. For full show notes, visit…
117: Euphorbias and other succulents
Nov 22 • 47 min
I visit the Surrey greenhouse of succulent grower Bob Potter to learn about Euphorbias and more, and I answer a question about how to persuade climbing plants to cling to a moss pole.
116: Hippeastrums (aka amaryllis)
Nov 8 • 27 min
I plant some Hippeastrums - the monster bulbs of the indoor gardening world - and I answer a question about a mushrooms growing in houseplant pots. Read the full show notes here: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2019/11/8/episode-116-hippeastrums
115: living stones aka Lithops
Nov 1 • 44 min
Living stones or Lithops are fascinating plants - tiny, tough and very beautiful. I visited Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery in the Peak District of the UK to see the National Collection of Lithops species and learn more about these curious succulents from…
114: houseplants and sustainability part two - the nursery trade
Oct 25 • 52 min
I chat to Dave Hanson, owner/manager of Sage Garden Greenhouses in Winnipeg, Canada, to find out about the challenges of growing houseplants sustainably. And a Q&A about the so-called ‘mini Monstera’, Rhapidophora tetrasperma. Plus: the last word on the…
113: winterising your plants with the Plant Daddy Podcast
Oct 18 • 50 min
I chat about the challenges of getting houseplants ready for winter with Stephen and Matthew of the Plant Daddy podcast. Plus, more on the mystery Peperomia from episode 112, and I answer a question on ferns and ivies. For full show notes visit…
112: plant swaps
Oct 11 • 39 min
Plant swaps are a great way to connect with likeminded planty people, offload surplus plants and get your hands on some great new specimens for your collection. I visited two seasoned plant swappers in Sheffield to find out how it’s done - and I also…
111: Cactusworld Live
Oct 4 • 56 min
Listen to a live episode of On The Ledge recorded at the inaugural Cactusworld Live event organised by the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS), with two cactus-loving guests, BCSS patrons Tom Hart Dyke and Anne Swithinbank. Plus, I answer a…
110: Peperomias part two
Sep 27 • 43 min
Peperomias are centre stage again this week as we hear part two of my chat with Peperomia expert Sally Williams, learn more about this fascinating group of plants, and get lots of care tips. And I also answer a question about the so-called resurrection…
109: Peperomias part one
Sep 20 • 36 min
Watermelons, raindrops and turtles … the genus Peperomia contains some of our most popular houseplants: so it’s about time I devoted a couple of episodes to them. I meet Peperomia expert Sally Williams, learn more about this fascinating group of plants,…
108: Q&A special
Sep 13 • 35 min
Jane Perrone tackles listeners’ houseplant dilemmas and disasters in this question and answer special episode, from what to do with old houseplant potting mix to how to deal with a droopy Maranta. For full show notes, visit…
107: Oxalis triangularis aka false shamrock
Sep 6 • 31 min
I return from holiday to find a dozen bottles of milk turning into cheese on my doorstop, but the good news is that my houseplants are mostly thriving! I check them out, then discuss the wonderfully tolerant (and tasty!) houseplant that is the falseleaf…
On The Ledge podcast trailer
Sep 3 • 1 min
Want to learn how help your houseplants thrive? Jane Perrone’s podcast can help. Find a full, thematic list of episodes at https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/get-started-with-on-the-ledge-podcast.
106: ten commandments for houseplant care
Aug 9 • 32 min
I continue the theme of houseplants for beginners this week, as Judy Feldstein of Houseplant411.com presents her ten commandments for houseplant care. I also answer a question about watering habits and fungus gnats. For full show notes, visit…
105: five houseplants for beginners
Aug 2 • 30 min
I love delving into the details of growing houseplants, but this week I’m going back to basics, looking at five houseplants that any newbie grower can get started with. Judy Feldstein of Houseplant411.com joins me to discuss the plants and offer up some…
104: strawberry saxifrage aka Saxifraga stolonifera
Jul 26 • 29 min
I love strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera) so much I just had to dedicate a whole episode to this lovely plant: and question of the week concerns the beautiful dark-leaved foliage plant ZZ plant cultivar ‘Raven’. For full show notes, visit…
103: houseplants and sustainability part one - peat-free
Jul 19 • 37 min
This episode is the start of an occasional series looking at houseplants and sustainability: I’m starting by looking at peat use - can we find a viable alternative to this non-renewable resource? I talk to Sean Higgs, who’s been growing carnivorous plants…
102: spider mites
Jul 12 • 34 min
Red spider mites may not be visible with the naked eye, but they damage they can do to our houseplants is considerable. I get an insight into the world of the spider mite with the help of two entomologists, and find out how to keep houseplants mite-free.…
101: the spider plant (aka Chlorophytum comosum)
Jul 5 • 36 min
Spider plants are cheap as chips and common as muck, and yet Chlorophytum comosum is also a treasured plant for many houseplant growers. I find out about the wonderful world of the spider plant with guest Darryl Cheng, from which cultivars to choose to…
100: let’s celebrate!
Jun 28 • 50 min
On The Ledge hits 100 episodes! This week’s show is a celebration of all things OTL: I hear from lots of listeners about how the podcast has impacted on them, count down the top ten most downloaded episodes, and explain some of the things I’ve learned…
99: houseplants for low light
Jun 21 • 42 min
If you’re suffering from window envy, this is the episode for you! I talk to the Houseplant Guru, Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, about her new book Grow In The Dark, and all the wonderful plants you can grow even in dimly-lit rooms. Plus I answer a question about…
98: the science of plant propagation
Jun 14 • 41 min
I explore the botany of houseplant propagation with horticulturist Leslie Halleck. And I answer a question about a floppy calla lily. Read full show notes here: I explore the botany of houseplant propagation with horticulturist Leslie Halleck and answer a…
97: indoor jungles with designer Martha Krempel
Jun 7 • 31 min
London-based garden designer Martha Krempel shows me her stunning indoor/outdoor garden, featuring some seriously big plants, including a towering succulent Euphorbia called Pablo. And I ask a question about how listeners document their houseplant care…
96: plants for bedrooms with Baylor Chapman
May 31 • 31 min
Jane Perrone chats to Baylor Chapman, author of new book Decorating With Plants and founder of California plant design studio Lila B Design, about plants for the bedroom. For full show notes, visit…
95: airplants, cacti and succulents at the Chelsea flower show 2019
May 24 • 41 min
I visit the Chelsea flower show to talk to three expert exhibitors about air plants, cacti and succulents, and answer a question about a Pilea with a poorly leaf. For full show notes, visit…
94: carnivorous plants with Peter D’Amato (part two)
May 17 • 46 min
In the second part of my interview with Peter D’Amato, founder of the nursery California Carnivores, I get Peter to answer listener questions about Nepenthes, discuss the weird world of naming carnivorous plants, and find out about a very unusual side…
93: carnivorous plants with Peter D’Amato
May 10 • 44 min
I chat to Peter D’Amato, founder of the nursery California Carnivores, one of world’s leading experts in venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews and more. We talk about how his obsession began, find out what happens when a rate gets stuck in a giant…
92: Hilton Carter
May 3 • 45 min
I talk to houseplant stylist and Instagram sensation Hilton Carter about his new book Wild At Home, his plants and why indoor gardening is the perfect escape from the stresses of modern life. And I answer a question about a pelargonium with a problem. For…
91: growing herbs indoors
Apr 26 • 48 min
I talk to YouTube gardening sensation Huw Richards about growing herbs indoors and answer a question about a Dracaena that’s receiving unwanted attention from a pet. Plus a bonus bit of seed sowing for the OTL sowalong. For full show notes, visit…
90: fertilisers for houseplants plus OTL sowalong part four
Apr 5 • 42 min
Choosing what products to use when you fertilise houseplants can seem like a bit of a minefield. Leigh Hunt, the RHS’s principal horticultural advisor, joins me to explain all. Plus I answer a question about aquascaping soil and bring you part four of the…
89: OTL houseplant sowalong part three
Mar 29 • 38 min
This week is an On The Ledge sowalong extravaganza! We’re now getting to the nitty gritty - the actual seed sowing bit - so my dog Wolfie and I are off to my potting shed to see what’s sprouting there, plus I have special guest Robert Pavlis to answer a…
88: African violets with Annie Rieck plus #OTLsowalong part two
Mar 21 • 53 min
African violets have been loved and nurtured by generations of houseplant growers, but they’ve got a reputation as plants that our grandparents love to grow: cute, maybe, but not cool. That’s changing, though. I talk to African violet grower and show…
87: conservatory love with Ruth Kassinger, plus #OTLsowalong part one
Mar 15 • 52 min
I talk conservatories with Ruth Kassinger, author of Paradise Under Glass, introduce part one of the On The Ledge sowalong, and answer a question about mould.
86: houseplant styling with Rob Stacewicz
Mar 8 • 44 min
Rob Stacewicz’s London home is stuffed with gorgeous houseplants, but most of them are planted in groups. He gives me a tour, and explains why planting more than one specimen in the same container really works. Plus I answer a question about a bird of…
85: forest cacti part two - propagation, plus Rhipsalis, Lepismium and Hatiora
Mar 1 • 32 min
Forest cactus expert Mark Preston returns to talk about propagation, plus Hatiora, Lepismium and Rhipsalis. And I answer a question ahout getting hold of that must-have plant, Christia obcordata aka the butterfly plant.
84: Forest cacti part one: Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti
Feb 22 • 34 min
I am joined by epiphytic cactus expert Mark Preston to talk about how to take care of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving cacti, aka Schlumbergera and Rhipsalidopsis. And I answer a question about baby spider plants.
83: Scott Cain of @BoysWithPlants and @Tropicaloco
Feb 7 • 44 min
I talk to Scott Cain of Instagram accounts @tropicaloco and @boyswithplants about his houseplant collection, his new book and what it’s like keeping a whole forest of foliage plants alive on an Australian balcony. And I answer a question about a Monstera…
82: growing hoyas (aka the wax plant)
Feb 1 • 44 min
Hoyas are shooting up the popularity charts, and so they should: these climbing and trailing vines have lovely foliage and flowers that are otherworldy and sometimes heavenly scented. Doug Chamberlain of Vermont Hoyas joins me to discuss his collection,…
81: botanical Latin, explained
Jan 25 • 28 min
ZZ plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia? Botanical Latin can seem like a confusing alphabet soup that’s hard to say and even harder to figure out. But Latin names help us learn about the history of the plant, who brought it into cultivation and what it looks…
80: houseplant trends in China, Thailand and Japan with Michael Perry
Jan 18 • 37 min
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…
79: houseplant gadgets, from hand lenses to hygrometers
Jan 11 • 32 min
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…
78: houseplant hoarding
Jan 4 • 24 min
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 -…
77: coral-coloured houseplants, festive care tips, and a look ahead to 2019
Dec 21, 2018 • 21 min
As it’s the final episode of the year, it’s time for some fun: Jane Perrone discusses some of the houseplants that embody the Pantone colour of the year for 2019, ‘living coral’; plussome festive houseplant care tips and talk about what’s coming up in…
76: how to take great photos of your houseplants
Dec 15, 2018 • 39 min
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…
75: do houseplants clean the air?
Dec 7, 2018 • 36 min
You’ve read the headlines, but do houseplants really clean the air in your house? Jane Perrone talks to Curtis Gubb, a scientist who’s part of a project to discover whether houseplants really do have a positive effect on air quality, working in…
74: Aquascaping with George Farmer
Nov 30, 2018 • 43 min
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…
73: Dutch houseplant adventures part two
Nov 23, 2018 • 39 min
I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants: this week I’m talking about the plants I saw at the three nurseries we visited the following day - Amstel BV, Ubink and Vireo. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.
72: Dutch houseplant adventures part one
Nov 16, 2018 • 27 min
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…
71: Weird Plants by botanist Chris Thorogood
Nov 9, 2018 • 42 min
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…
70: OTL at the RHS London Urban Garden Show
Nov 2, 2018 • 67 min
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 inLondon, it’s rather a fully dressed and mostly clean, with a cocktail in my hand,…
69: Jane Perrone’s houseplant tour part two
Oct 19, 2018 • 35 min
If you’ve listened to episode after episode of Jane Perrone talking about her plants, and have wondered exactly what her plant collection looks like, now is your chance to find out: there’s a tour of kitchen and half of my sun room plants with an…
68: preparing your houseplants for winter
Oct 12, 2018 • 30 min
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…
67, part seven: Epiphyllum anguliger aka fishbone cactus
Oct 9, 2018 • 6 min
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…
67, part six: Sedum morganianum aka burro’s tail
Oct 8, 2018 • 7 min
Sedum morganianum was a bit of a botanical mystery until ten years ago. Part six of trailing plants week examines how the mystery was solved, and how to look after this charismatic and popular trailing succulent. See janeperrone.com for full show notes.
67, part five: Peperomia prostrata
Oct 5, 2018 • 6 min
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’.…
67, part four: Episcia cupreata aka flame violet
Oct 4, 2018 • 7 min
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…
67, part three: Ceropegia woodii, aka string of hearts
Oct 3, 2018 • 8 min
Today’s focus for trailing plants week is an easy-to-please, hard-to-kill plant with curious flowers and gorgeous silvery heart-shaped leaves. Find out more with your host Jane Perrone. Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.
67 part two: Hoya linearis
Oct 2, 2018 • 7 min
Find out more about this tree-dwelling Hoya from the Himalayas that dangles from trees like green furry tinsel. Jane Perrone brings you background info, care tips and more to help you keep your Hoya linearis looking good. For full show note, visit…
67 part one: Senecio rowleyanus aka string of pearls
Oct 1, 2018 • 7 min
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.
66: propagation with Caro Langton and Rose Ray
Sep 28, 2018 • 41 min
You’ve gathered an awesome collection of houseplants, but what next? Propagation - the art and science of making more plants from the ones you already have - is a great way of getting to know your plants better, bulking up your collection and providing…
65: moth orchids aka Phalaenopsis
Sep 21, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode I find out how to look after moth orchids properly from watering to repotting with Raffaele Di Lallo, take a visit Double H Nurseries, the huge orchid nursery on the south coast in England, to find out about the latest developments in…
64: Darryl Cheng aka House Plant Journal
Sep 14, 2018 • 60 min
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…
63: Palms
Sep 7, 2018 • 45 min
I’m joined by palm expert Scott Zona to discuss some of the most commonly available palms to grow as houseplants, find out how to look after them, and investigate some of the more unusual members of the clan. And I answer a listener question about a…
62: Coleus
Aug 31, 2018 • 43 min
Coleus make fabulous indoor plants and come in a fascinating range of shapes and colours, from ‘Dark Chocolate’ to ‘Pink Chaos’. I talked to Kelly Norris, director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, about the…
61: growlights with Leslie Halleck
Aug 24, 2018 • 41 min
Leslie Halleck’s book Gardening Under Lights (published by Timber Press) is a really welcome book for those of us who haven’t fully dipped our toes into the confusing world of artificial light for our plants. I talk to Leslie I find out about what kind of…
60: Nepenthes with Domonick Gravine
Aug 3, 2018 • 26 min
Carnivorous plants don’t get more colourful, clever and downright dramatic than the tropical pitcher plants, aka Nepenthes. Domonick Gravine, founder of Nepenthes nursery RedLeaf Exotics, has been running his business for about 18 months now, bringing…
59: Aloes, Agaves and other succulents with Colin Walker
Jul 27, 2018 • 45 min
Colin Walker has been growing succulents for 50 years, and he just happens to be the president of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. I interviewed him this week to find out about his two specialisms, Aloes and Agaves, and also found out about his…
58: indoor ferns
Jul 20, 2018 • 32 min
Ferns. Love them, hate them, want them to go away and stop taunting you with their crispy leaves? This week I am attempting to give serial fern killers hope by discussing some tips and tricks to keep ferns happy, interviewing someone who’s got their fern…
57: quick wins for indoor edibles
Jul 13, 2018 • 30 min
This episode looks at some really quick and easy projects for indoor growers that take two to five minutes to complete, and (mostly) use items that you may well have in your food cupboards, or can be bought from your local market. Includes how to get the…
56: James Wong’s houseplants - part two
Jul 6, 2018 • 31 min
I had so much fun and fascinating stuff to chat about with expert botanist and houseplant maverick James Wong that I am bringing you another chunk of our chat this week. We check out his incredible waterlily nano pond made from a glass fruit bowl, his…
55: James Wong’s houseplants - part one
Jun 29, 2018 • 43 min
British-Malaysian botanist James Wong is sparking a one-man houseplant revolution. With no outside space to garden, for the last 18 months James has been focusing all his horticultural energies into many fascinating plant experiments inside his small…
54: Streptocarpus and other Gesneriads
Jun 22, 2018 • 49 min
I speak to Dale Martens of the Gesneriad Society to find out everything from why Petrocosmeas are so cute to why breeding your own Streptocarpus may just involve a trip to the dentist (really). Visit janeperrone.com for full show notes.
53: begonias, carnivorous plants and more with Mike Clifford
Jun 15, 2018 • 26 min
Behind an unassuming bungalow near Poole in Dorset, Mike Clifford’s garden may measure up to just 65ft long, but it’s absolutely packed full of wonderful plants, both in greenhouses and outside. I get a tour from Mike, and find out about some of his…
52: online houseplant buying tips and tricks
Jun 7, 2018 • 34 min
Buying plants online is ridiculously easy - a few clicks and some fancy foliage plant or flowery specimen is on its way to you in the post. But it’s a process that’s fraught with potential problems. In this episode I offer up my tips for buying online and…
51: Matthew Biggs
Jun 1, 2018 • 45 min
Matthew Biggs (@plantmadman on Twitter) is a legendary British gardener, writer and broadcaster, and delightfully for On The Ledge, he’s also a big fan of indoor gardening too. I talk to Matt about finding the right spot for your houseplant, why Gloxinias…
50: the Chelsea flower show 2018
May 25, 2018 • 47 min
The Chelsea flower show is the world’s most famous gardening event, but houseplants are starting to make big inroads into this fixture in the horticultural calendar. I visited the show to check out the indoor gardening displays in the Great Pavilion, and…
49: houseplants and Instagram with Kimberley Aston
May 18, 2018 • 40 min
Whether you’re a hashtag natural or tend to get your #Monsteramonday mixed up with #philodendronfriday, Instagram is a bit of a jungle for houseplant lovers: fun to negotiate but sometimes rather confusing. I talk to Kimberley Aston aka @kingstreetjungle,…
48: the Temperate House at Kew Gardens
May 11, 2018 • 32 min
The Temperate House at Kew is a huge Victorian glasshouse that’s home to thousands of plants from temperate climes, including many plants you’d recognise from your collections. The Temperate House reopened to the public last week after a five-year…
47: propagating succulents
May 4, 2018 • 29 min
One of the many satisfying things about succulents is just how easy they are to propagate: this week I take a look at how to propagate succulents from existing plant material, aka cuttings (take a listen back to On The Ledge episode 36 for information on…
46: Matthew Pottage
Apr 27, 2018 • 29 min
I talk to RHS Wisley curator Matthew Pottage about his passion for houseplants
45: plants and interiors with Emilie Fournet
Apr 20, 2018 • 29 min
So, you’ve ended up with a home full of houseplants, but how do you display them to make the most of their best features? I talk to North London-based interior designer and houseplant enthusiast Emilie Fournet about statement plants, why the fiddle leaf…
44: houseplant trends at the Garden Museum
Apr 13, 2018 • 78 min
Hear Jane Perrone talk with Alice Vincent and Catherine Horwood about houseplant trends past, present and future
43: Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn
Apr 6, 2018 • 36 min
Jane Perrone meets Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brookyn
42: Behind the Seeds with Mohamed Osman
Mar 29, 2018 • 37 min
Jane Perrone talks to Mohamed Osman, who began to create an indoor jungle in his apartment in Cairo while recuperating from a heart attack.
41: the Maranta group - Maranta, Calathea, Stromanthe and Ctenanthe
Mar 23, 2018 • 32 min
The Maranta group, aka the prayer plants, all share an incredible plant superpower: they can open and shut their leaves. They’re also one of THE houseplants of the moment, because they all have intricately patterned leaves that the current generation of…
40: cats and houseplants
Mar 16, 2018 • 34 min
Can cats and houseplants happily coexist in your home? Jane Perrone finds out what plants are - and aren’t - safe for cats. And the Q&A covers a question about repotting a Calathea.
39: Matt Candeias, In Defense of Plants podcast
Mar 9, 2018 • 36 min
Jane Perrone talks to Matt Candeias of In Defense of Plants podcast, and answers a listener question about damping off
38: Perrone’s kitchen houseplant tour
Mar 2, 2018 • 22 min
Jane Perrone offers a tour of the many plants that dwell in her kitchen.
37: kokedama
Feb 23, 2018 • 28 min
I talk to florist and planting designer Carolyn Dunster about the ancient Japanese art of kokedama and answer listener questions about aphids and a ‘crying’ Alocasia.
36: houseplant sowalong special
Feb 16, 2018 • 31 min
In early January I made a resolution for 2018 that I would grow as many houseplants from seed as possible. Fast forward a month and a half and I’m devoting a whole episode to the topic of growing your own houseplants from seed. I look at what you…
35: hydroponics
Feb 9, 2018 • 34 min
Kevin Espiritu of epicgardening.com gives the lowdown on what hydroponics is, how it works and what you need to get started. Plus a listener question about an unhappy fern. For full show notes visit…
34: Isabel Hardman
Feb 2, 2018 • 35 min
Jane Perrone chats to botany obsessive Isabel Hardman, host of the Wildflower Half Hour podcast and houseplant nut.
33: Q&A special
Jan 26, 2018 • 31 min
I’m tackling questions about how to divide Alocasias, whether golden pothos can hang as well as climb, and more.
32: the venus flytrap
Jan 18, 2018 • 28 min
Venus flytraps - Latin name Dionea muscipula - are fascinating, fun, but infuriating when they just won’t stay alive for long. I turned to Tom Bennet of Tom’s Carnivores for some excellent advice on the conditions they need. Read the full show notes here:…
31: The Tradescantia group
Jan 12, 2018 • 24 min
The Tradescantia group isn’t some kind of sketchy set of illuminati figures worthy of a Dan Brown novel, it’s a group of houseplants with a plethora of different names: inch plants, spiderworts, purple heart, teddy bear vine, and more. Find out how to…
30: New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 5, 2018 • 29 min
What’s on your houseplant wishlist for 2018? Jane Perrone shares her plans for the coming year, and passes on resolutions from listeners and other gardening podcasters
29: Christmas houseplants
Dec 22, 2017 • 25 min
For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2017/12/20/episode-29-christmas-houseplants.
28: Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, the Houseplant Guru
Dec 15, 2017 • 26 min
Jane Perrone interviews Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, aka the Houseplant Guru
27: buying houseplants
Dec 8, 2017 • 20 min
The thrill of buying new houseplants quickly turns to horror when the plant promptly drops all its leaves once you get it home. Jane Perrone gives her top tips for taking care of newly-bought houseplants, from the shop to your shelf. And a question about
26: old houseplants
Dec 1, 2017 • 27 min
Jane Perrone discusses the houseplants that may just outlive us all with a range of interesting guests.
25: watering
Nov 24, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, I look at a few of the thorny issues around watering, such as whether it’s better to water with rainwater or tap water, what temperature the water should be, and how to tell if your houseplants need watering in the first place. For full…
24: Prick cactus shop and Gynelle Leon
Nov 17, 2017 • 40 min
On The Ledge takes a trip to Prick, London’s first boutique for cacti and succulents
23: Mr Plant Geek, Michael Perry
Nov 10, 2017 • 31 min
My guest this week is Mr Plant Geek, aka Michael Perry. We discuss the big trends in houseplants, why we should be growing cacti from seed, and why mainstream media still haven’t latched on to indoor gardening. Plus a Q&A on a ponytail palm…
22: Q&A special
Oct 19, 2017 • 18 min
All those nagging houseplant questions - why is my succulent leggy and wan? What kind of Monstera do I really have? Why is my Pilea looking peaky? - are answered in this Q&A special. For full show notes, visit…
21: Alys Fowler
Oct 13, 2017 • 31 min
Alys Fowler is a gardener and garden writer who I first met when she became the gardening columnist at the Guardian, and I was gardening editor. Her new book on houseplants, Plant Love, is out now - I visited her at home to talk about why top-selling…
20: Margaret Roach
Oct 7, 2017 • 31 min
On The Ledge episode 20: Margaret Roach
nineteen: fungus gnats
Sep 29, 2017 • 27 min
On The Ledge episode 19: fungus gnats
eighteen: preparing succulents and cacti for winter
Sep 23, 2017 • 14 min
On The Ledge episode 18: preparing succulents and cacti for winter
seventeen: seeking Pilea peperomioides - the Chinese money plant
Sep 15, 2017 • 24 min
The Chinese money plant is the must-have plant of the moment, but its backstory is fascinating too. Jane Perrone investigates
sixteen: grow your own avocado plant
Sep 8, 2017 • 12 min
On The Ledge episode 16: grow your own avocado tree
fifteen: Cactus with Dan Torre
Sep 1, 2017 • 29 min
Episode 15: Cactus by Dan Torre
fourteen: balcony gardening with Alice Vincent
Aug 3, 2017 • 33 min
Balcony gardening with Alice Vincent
thirteen: James Wong
Jul 21, 2017 • 38 min
Episode 13: James Wong
twelve: Robin Stockwell, the Succulent Guy
Jul 7, 2017 • 32 min
Robin Stockwell, the succulent guy
eleven: plants for bathrooms, feat. Tillandsias
Jun 24, 2017 • 38 min
Episode 11; bathroom plants and Tillandsias
ten: conservatories with Anne Wareham
Jun 13, 2017 • 23 min
Episode ten: conservatories with Anne Wareham
nine: Get Plants by Katherine Price
May 30, 2017 • 32 min
Episode nine: Get Plants by Katherine Price
eight: Chelsea flower show 2017
May 23, 2017 • 28 min
Jane Perrone discovers what the Chelsea flower show has to offer for houseplant lovers
seven: chillies
May 12, 2017 • 30 min
Growing chillies indoors
6: pots
Apr 28, 2017 • 26 min
How to make your houseplants your great with the very best containers
5: how not to kill your houseplant with Veronica Peerless
Apr 6, 2017 • 27 min
I talk to Veronica Peerless, author of How Not To Kill Your Houseplants, about how to keep your houseplants happy.
four: microgreens
Mar 29, 2017 • 27 min
Want to grow something edible on your tiniest windowsill? Microgreens are the answer. Jane Perrone talks to Mark Diacono of Otter Farm in Devon about how to grow microgreens and how to use them in the kitchen.
three: office plants
Mar 21, 2017 • 36 min
Everything you need to know about plants in the workplace
two: Monstera deliciosa, the swiss cheese plant
Mar 13, 2017 • 26 min
We visit the weird, wild world of Monstera deliciosa, aka the Swiss cheese plant or split leaf philodendron. And I answer a question about a poorly venus flytrap. For full show notes, visit…
one: terrariums
Feb 28, 2017 • 26 min
In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table - now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office reception desks. I find how these clever…