Bloom and Grow Radio is a weekly Podcast designed for the Urban Jungle Dweller, Houseplant Enthusiast and Succulent Killer alike. Maria Failla, a "plant killer turned plant lady" interviews different Plant People in the Urban Gardening community to source houseplant care tips, stories and lessons they’ve learned from caring for their plants along the way. Each episode has practical and spiritual tips and stories that empower and inspire the listener to have their own houseplant collection and #keepblooming and #keepgrowing.
Maria shares tips about how to move homes with houseplants! Tips come from Maria herself and the Bloom and Grow Community! Full blog and youtube video with all details associated with this episode in show notes!
Today's episode features YOU, the listeners, who called in to share their lessons learned from their own #plantfail . This episode is meant to show you that everyone has plant fails, and that they are actually an important learning opportunity for every plant parent!
Episode 53: Plants IRL aka Nature and Monstera Talk
Today’s guest caught my eye on social media because of his incredible travel itinerary and his obvious passion for finding the plants we know and love as houseplants, in their natural habitats around the world.
Episode 51: Tips for Living with a “Crazy Plant Person” with Billy!
Plant Friends, you’ve heard me talk about my “Plant Co Parent” on this podcast, you’ve seen in him in our Botanicals and Booze Happy Hour Insta-stories, or maybe in our most recent Wallygro Install insta-story, and now, it’s time for me to officially introduce to the love of my life, and “partner in plants,” Billy Morrissey, to you. This past year and a half has been big for me with leaving my Plant Killer Ways and becoming a Crazy Plant Lady, but it’s also been a whirlwind for my live in boyfriend, Billy. He has been there every step of the way as I’ve built our Urban Jungle, and this podcast, and let me tell you… although the process has been magical and I wouldn’t change a thing, it hasn’t been the easiest. He has had this intense hobby thrust upon him, and over this past year or so, we’ve learned a lot about how to manage my new found passion while still having a healthy relationship and a happy (and uncluttered) home. So plant friends… this episode isn’t necessarily for YOU… it’s for your partners, your friends, your roommates, the people in your lives that indirectly benefit (I hope they think benefit, they might think suffer) from our planty hobby. Billy prepared a bunch of tips he’d like to share that he’s learned along the way in dealing with my 0-60 planty explosion in our apartment. I’d love for you to share this episode with those “plant co-parents” in your life, but also I hope this episode inspires you to take a minute and admire and respect those who embrace our hobby with open arms, and maybe inspire some ideas for projects for you and your partners in the future! Quick reminder that today is the deadline for submission for the Plant Fail Lessons episode that I want to feature YOU in. Details and instructions below. In this episode we learn: the secret behind the Bloom and Grow Radio themesong how Billy first reacted when I went crazy about plants how we’ve grown and learned to communicate about my new hobby tips from Billy on how to live with a Crazy Plant Person For discount codes to the products mentioned in today's episode (Modern Sprout Grow Bar, Soltech Solutions lights, and more) check out https://bloomandgrowradio.com/resources Instructions for participating in the upcoming Listener “Plant Fail Lessons” episode of Bloom and Grow Radio 1) Call (267) 478-2521 2) Please spell your name and email at the beginning of the message so I can contact you! 3) The google voice only allows for a 3 minute message, so you might want to write out your story, or jot some thoughts down on paper to allow for you to effectively tell your story without getting cut off. If your story requires more than 3 minutes, you can call back and leave back to back messages. Follow Billy: IG: www.instagram.com/allagashbilly Twitter: https://twitter.com/allagashbilly Follow Bloom and Grow Radio: Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com Garden Club: www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
I’m joined again by my new plant friend and horticulturalist and lighting expert, Leslie Halleck, for part two of my quest to understand what “bright indirect light” really is. Free worksheet availble for download to take your own natural light measurements in the episode!
Getting a Christmas Tree? Listen to these episodes!
Are you getting a Christmas Tree this year? Listen to the episodes mentioned here to 1) Learn best practices for cut christmas trees and how to have a locally sourced tree that you compost after the season #responsibleplantparent 2) have a LIVING, potted indoor christmas tree that you can replant after the holiday season!
Tylor from @urlocalplantboy and Arium Botanicals X Intent joins us to walk us through how to make our own DIY moss poles to help replicate our houseplants natural environment. It's a super simple and fun project!
Episode 41: Maria's Favorite Things/ Planty Holiday Gift Guide
Maria walks you through a “few of her favorite things” aka planty products that she has enjoyed this year. This episode is for anyone who might be curious about plant related products out there for their urban jungles or for possible gifts for planty friends or relatives.
All discount codes, links and product reviews and photos can be found at www.bloomandgrowradio.com/favoritethings
The Plant Side Chat Series is Maria's love letters to the life lessons she learns in the garden. Today, Maria shares a story about the importance of pruning in your garden and life through the tale of her balcony strawberry plant.
Episode 39: Growing Your Business Like You Tend Your Garden
Donna Letier of Gardenity joins me today as the second guest of my Planty Business Series to jam on the topic of growing a business like we tend a garden. Gardenuity creates custom gardens of herbs and vegetables delivered to your door, tailored specifically to your zip code.
Today I'm joined with the Barb Kreski, the Head Horticultural Therapist at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Eve Minson of The Center for Discovery to discuss Horticultural Therapy; what it is and how it's used to heal people.
Episode 36: Growing a Large Urban Jungle in a Small Space and Humidity Hacks with @Apartmentbotanist
My OG #plantfriendIRL Alessia from @apartmentbotanist joins us to discuss how she manages her growing collection of over 150 plants in her small NYC apartment, and her humidity hacks to help them thrive.
Scott Cain of @tropicaloco joins us to discuss all things Monstera: how to care for this #instafamous plant, troubleshoot care problems, and more! Tune in if you are curious about the plant behind #monsteramonday or are interested in bringing one into your urban jungle!
Josh Rosen of Airplantman joins me to discuss all things airplants, what they are, care, watering, best ones to look for. Listen in to learn all about caring and styling for this incredibly unique plant!
Episode 31: Plants and Babies with Molly Mansfield
Molly Mansfield, the artist behind the Bloom and Grow "Keep Blooming" Print, and www.mollymansfield.com joins me to talk about the joys and strategies behind keeping plant babies and human babies living harmoniously in small spaces!
Chris, the plant scientist from The Sill joins us again today to discuss his favorite topic... and my least favorite topic.. Orchids, basic orchid care and troubleshooting! Chris gives us SO MUCH amazing knowledge that has empowered me to try orchids again. Dont miss this one if you have any interest in orchids at all!
Today’s short and sweet Plant Side Chat is honoring my first balcony herb garden and the lessons I learned, since I just planted up my new garden for this upcoming season. One of my favorite stories to tell is the story behind our first Tomato Plant, why it was kind of an epic #plantfail, but how it was the most important plant in the garden to learn from that summer. Tune in to learn why and how the lesson I learned from it applies to so many facets of life.
Summer Rayne Oakes joins us again (you listened to her on Episode 04) to chat pests! She helps break down what pests and insects are, why our house plants get them, and how to treat them.
Episode 22- Windowsill Herb Gardening 101 with NYBG
This is the first episode of Season 2, with special guest Mariane Garceau from the New York Botanical Garden (www.nybg.org) . Mariane gives us a tutorial on everything we need to know about setting up and harvesting from a successful windowsill herb garden.
I also announce the launch of the Bloom and Grow Garden Club- my online community of Plant People! For more information visit www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
For Planty Mothers Day Gift Ideas visit www.bloomandgrowradio.com/mdgiftguide
Episode 20(!): Talking Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier and My MOM
Craig LeHoullier and my Mom join me to discuss best practices from growing tomatoes from seed, or from the store. Craig is a leading expert of tomatoes and my Mom comes from a lineage of Italian farmers who grew tomatoes. If you are at all interested in growing tomatoes (even from your apartment windowsill) this episode is full of all the information you need!
Jesse from @teenytinyterra joins us to share his story behind his plant collection and company and gives us a terrarium 101 tutorial! He is the best! www.teenytinyterra.com www.bloomandgrowradio.com/podcast https://kit.com/BloomandGrowRadio/make-your-own-terrarium
Episode 17: The Studies Behind Why Plants Make People Happy and Healthy with Christine from @workhardplanthard
Christine from @workhardplanthard joins us today to help break down the studies that are currently out there proving how plants actually improve peoples lives. Christine is a full time physician and helps us understand how the studies are conducted and what they prove. Plus we just have a lovely conversation about the many ways plants can help improve our lives. Follow Christine @workhardplanthard and www.workhardplanthard.com Follow Bloom and Grow radio @bloomandgrowradio and www.bloomandgrowradio.com
Episode 16: Mounting Epiphytes and the Creation of Cleverbloom.com
Part Two of The House Plant Club Series!
Join us today to discuss the creation of cleverbloom.com, House Plant Club and how to mount epiphytes (plants that grow on or around other plants or objects) successfully!
Episode 15: 5 tips for Curating and Growing Your Planty Instagram Account with Morgan of @plantingpink
@houseplantclub series Part 1 of 2!
Morgan of @plantingpink leads us through her top 5 tips for creating an amazing planty Instagram feed. This is part 1 of the 2 part series for House Plant Club in which we celebrate the two founders and their friendship that lead to an incredible plant themed Instagram Account and Etsy shop!
Episode 14: The Friendship Plant! The Ins and Outs of the Popular Pilea Peperomioides with the Founder of PIEP
How can we have a month devoted to friendship without an episode on THE friendship plant!
In the episode we learn: proper pronunciation, how PIEP was created, the story behind how Pilea spread across Europe, Pilea care 101, troubleshooting issues and discounts (10 % off using the code Bloom10 on www.piep.co)
Insta: @piep.co, @pilea.lovers, @plantunicorn
Episode 12: Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Grow Lights with The Sill's Chris Satch
I welcome Chris from The Sill (www.thesill.com) back to the show for the beginning of our Plant Science Series featuring The Sill. We break down the science behind photosynthesis and grow lights and get into everything the modern Plant Parent should know about indoor grow lights! I also crowdsourced you Bloom and Grow Radio listeners for what lights YOU are loving. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for your suggestions and discounts on our listeners favorite grow lights.
Episode 11: Inside the Mind of @mr_plantgeek and Tips for Traveling Plant Parents
Michael Perry of @mr_plantgeek takes us inside his fun, edgy take on horticulture and the Mr Plant Geek World. We talk about how he grew Mr Plant Geek to what it is now, how he created plants like the "Tomtato" and "Egg and Chips", his picks for the next hot houseplants and tips for Plant Parents who travel. Follow Maria: www.bloomandgrowradio.com @bloomandgrowradio Follow Michael: www.mrplantgeek.com @mr_plantgeek
Episode 09: Double the Joy: Cats and Plants (and Poisonous Plants to Avoid) with @plant_lady_is_the_new_cat_lady
Meagan of @plant_lady_is_the_new_cat_lady joins us to discuss the joys of having plants and cats, and how to avoid keeping toxic plants in your home.
Nature's Miracle Just for Cats No Scratch Spray: http://amzn.to/2CAcnKW
Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray: http://amzn.to/2yUtpRH
Episode 06: Christmas Tree Extravaganza Part 2/2: Living, Potted Christmas Trees for the Holiday Season!
Joe Lamp'l of Growing A Greener World, joegardener.com and The Joe Gardener Show Podcast joins us to discuss how to have a Living Christmas Tree in your home this holiday season. We discuss proper selection, care and best practices for replanting after. Happy Holidays!
Episode 05: Christmas Tree Extravaganza Part 1/2 - Cut Christmas Trees
Today we discuss best practices for selecting, caring for and recycling of Cut Christmas Trees with Mary Jeanne Packer of The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY. We also discuss how dangerous artificial trees can be for your home
Episode 04: Plants for the Advanced Plant Parent and Practicing Patience
Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn. The famous creator of her Urban Jungle in Brooklyn with over 670 plants discusses her collection, best plants for Advanced Plant Parents, the importance of getting off social media and showing up, and using plants to Practice Patience.
Episode 02: Top 5 Houseplants for Beginners and Learning Kindness
Plant Scientist Christopher Satch from The Sill educates us on the best houseplants for beginners, the different types of plant parents, how #plantsmakepeoplehappy, the difference between low, medium, bright light and using plants to expand your mind and practice kindness and understanding
Episode 01: The Reason behind Bloom and Grow Radio!
Bloom and Grow Radio is a weekly Podcast designed for the Urban Jungle Dweller, Houseplant Enthusiast and Succulent Killer alike. Maria Failla interviews different “Plant Parents” in the Urban Gardening community to source houseplant care tips, stories and lessons they’ve learned from caring for their plants along the way. Each episode has a practical and spiritual tips and stories that empower and inspire the listener to have their own houseplant collection.