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May 24, 2019
We are now on Patreon and I wanted to tell you why
Maria shares why Bloom and Grow Radio is now on Patreon- and how and why you should become a "Plant Friend" of the show!
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8 min
May 23, 2019
How to Move with Plants
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!
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32 min
April 30, 2019
Live Taping! DIY Succulent Crowns with Infinite Succulent
Rachael from Infinite Succulent joins Maria at a live taping in San Diego to make living Succulent Crowns!
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63 min
April 23, 2019
Live Taping! How to Cultivate Healthy Plant Community: Online and IRL
First Live Taping of BAGR with Folia Collective and Work Hard Plant Hard on the wonderful work of online and IRL plant community
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57 min
April 16, 2019
How to Identify a Plant with No Name Tag
Summer Rayne comes back on the show to help us navigate that tricky moment when we are plant shopping and find a plant we want to take home... but have no idea what type of plant it is.
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50 min
April 9, 2019
Pollinators and Native Bees
Dave from Crown Bees joins us to discuss what pollinators are, why bees are so important and why the honey bee might not be the most effective pollinator out there.
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55 min
April 2, 2019
Community Episode: Plant Fail Lessons
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!
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44 min
March 27, 2019
Seattle Plant Friend Meet up announced for THIS SATURDAY!
Not an episode- but invite for local Seattle Plant Friends to come to a Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Meet up!
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2 min
March 19, 2019
Plant Side Chat: Lessons Learned in the Redwood Forest
A short and sweet episode in my Plant Side Chat series about what I experienced visiting the Redwood Forest for the first time.
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12 min
March 12, 2019
Plant Latin 101
Chris Satch comes back on the show to demystify plant latin, why it's so important for us to understand and the fun history behind it!
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55 min
February 26, 2019
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.
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50 min
February 19, 2019
Episode 52: Soil Aeration and Thriving vs Surviving in a Low Light Home
Darryl from Houseplant Journal joins us to discuss the important of soil aeration and how to have plants in a low light environment.
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51 min
February 12, 2019
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
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48 min
February 5, 2019
Episode 50: Maranta, Calathea and Stromanthe 101
with Marc Hachadourian NYBG Marc joins us today to educate on where the plants that make up the Marantaceae family come from, how to care from them indoors and troubleshoots our listener questions!
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47 min
January 29, 2019
Season 3 Intro: Announcements and an Invitation to be featured in Season 3!
Updates and exciting announcements about Season 3 and an invitation (and instructions) for YOU to be featured in an upcoming episode!
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12 min
January 8, 2019
Episode 49: Plant Parent Lessons Learned in 2018
Happy News Years! Today I’m reviewing the lessons I’ve learned in all of the incredible conversations I’ve had over the 49 episodes of Bloom and Grow Radio. Man, I have learned so much!
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31 min
December 25, 2018
Plant Side Chat # 6: You're Doing Great
Plant Side Chats are a series on the Bloom and Grow Radio podcast where Maria (host) muses on life lessons learned in the garden or from plant parenting.
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6 min
December 18, 2018
Episode 47: Understanding Natural Light- Measuring Tools
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!
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43 min
December 11, 2018
Episode 46: Understanding Natural Light: General Rules
Leslie Halleck joins Maria to discuss how to understand our individual indoor environments.
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57 min
December 4, 2018
Episode 45: Aroids 101 (Part 2)
Enid from NSE Tropicals joins me again for Part 2 of our Aroids 101 series. We dive into Philodendron, Alocasia, Rhaphidophora and MORE!
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49 min
November 27, 2018
Episode 44: Aroid 101 (Part 1)
Enid from NSE Tropicals joins Maria for a 2 part series on all things Aroid.
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42 min
November 23, 2018
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!
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4 min
November 20, 2018
Episode 43: Your Brain on Plants
an interview with neuroscientist Dr. Caitlin Vander Weele on what happens to us when we become crazy plant people
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64 min
November 13, 2018
Episode 42: How to Make a Moss Pole
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!
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49 min
October 30, 2018
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
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47 min
October 16, 2018
Plant Side Chat 5: Pruning
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.
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12 min
October 9, 2018
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.
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43 min
October 2, 2018
Episode 38: Transitioning Your Plants Back Indoors for Winter
Chris from The Sill joins me to discuss the art of bringing your plants back indoors for the winter after the summer months. Perfect compliment to Episode 18- Prepping Your Plants for Spring!
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48 min
September 25, 2018
Episode 37: Horticultural Therapy
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.
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62 min
September 18, 2018
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.
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74 min
September 11, 2018
Episode 35: How to Grow Succulents/Cacti Indoors
Ryan from Dig It Gardens joins us to discuss how to bring desert plants indoors. We talk Succulents, Cacti, care, troubleshooting and more.
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78 min
September 4, 2018
Episode 34: Hilton Carter
Hilton Carter joins us to discuss his famous collection of plants, plant styling tips and much more!
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73 min
August 21, 2018
Monstera 101 with @tropicaloco
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!
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83 min
August 7, 2018
Ep 32: Airplants 101
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!
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76 min
July 24, 2018
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!
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44 min
July 10, 2018
Orchid 101 with Chris from The Sill
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!
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64 min
July 3, 2018
Episode 29: Indoor Citrus with MIgardener
Today Luke from MIgardener joins me to discuss my favorite topic- Indoor Citrus! www.migardener.com www.bloomandgrowradio.com
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82 min
June 12, 2018
Plant Side Chat 4: The Tale of the Tomato Plant
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.
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13 min
June 5, 2018
Episode 27: Plants in the Classroom with @mrdtimes3
Joe Dombrowski of @mrdtimes3 joins me to talk about how he uses his passion for plants to enhance his classroom experience.
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62 min
May 29, 2018
Episode 26: Pest Control with Summer Rayne Oakes
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. www.homesteadbrooklyn.com www.bloomandgrowradio.com
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96 min
May 22, 2018
Episode 25: The Fiddle Leaf Fig with @leighkiyoko
Today Erin Kobayashi of @LeighKiyoko joins me to talk all things Fiddle Leaf Fig and #flffriday www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club
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42 min
May 15, 2018
Episode 24: How to Start a Plant Shop with Folia Collective
Danae from Folia Collective joins us to talk about how she started her own plant shop, and how you can too!
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106 min
May 8, 2018
Mother's Day Special
Today we celebrate how plants have affected our relationships with our mothers and grandmothers. Listeners called in to tell their stories in their own voice.
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31 min
May 1, 2018
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
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44 min
April 5, 2018
Plant Side Chat # 3: The Changing of the Seasons
Plant Side Chat # 3, a short and sweet episode about the changing of the seasons in our external world, and what that can mean for us internally.
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9 min
March 28, 2018
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!
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63 min
March 20, 2018
Episode 19: Terrarium 101 with @teenytinyterra
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
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61 min
March 13, 2018
Episode 18: Prepping Your Houseplant For Spring and the Science Behind Fertilizer With Chris Satch from The Sill
Part of the Plant Science with The Sill Series. Chris and I discuss everything you need to know to prepare your houseplants for spring to bloom and grow! www.thesill.com www.bloomandgrowradio.com
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62 min
March 6, 2018
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
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53 min
February 27, 2018
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!
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39 min
February 20, 2018
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!
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40 min
February 13, 2018
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) Follow Piep: Insta: @piep.co, @pilea.lovers, @plantunicorn Facebook: facebook.com/shop.piep Pinterest: pinterest.com/shoppiep www.piep.co www.bloomandgrowradio.com/podcast
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45 min
February 6, 2018
Plant Side Chat # 2 - Planty Friendships
Plant Side Chat #2 - Planty Friendships for Friendship February on Bloom and Grow Radio! We dive into the beauty of plant friendships and why they are so important!
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8 min
January 30, 2018
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.
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62 min
January 9, 2018
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
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51 min
January 2, 2018
Plant Side Chat #1: Bloom and Grow at Your Own Rate
First part of the Plant Side Chat series where we will explore the lessons learned from caring for plants. Today's topic: Bloom and Grow at Your Own Rate.
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8 min
December 19, 2017
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. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/pet-owners/basics/top-10-plants-poisonous-to-pets/ Nature's Miracle Just for Cats No Scratch Spray: http://amzn.to/2CAcnKW Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray: http://amzn.to/2yUtpRH
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54 min
December 12, 2017
Episode 08: Dirty Talk and the Creation of Houseplant Journal
Darryl Cheng joins us to discuss all aspects of soil, and the creation of his Houseplant Journal Blog, Book and Instagram Account.
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58 min
December 5, 2017
Episode 07: TheOperatingSystem- Propagation 101 and Using Plants to Disconnect
Olena of TheOperatingSystem joins us to discuss the creation of her Urban Jungle of 150+ plants, selling plants on Etsy and Propagation 101.
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32 min
November 28, 2017
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!
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35 min
November 28, 2017
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
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29 min
November 21, 2017
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.
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61 min
November 14, 2017
Episode 03: How to NOT Kill Succulents and learning resiliance
Diana Zarins of How To Succulents lets us in on her 5 ways to not kill your succulents. This episode is for you if you have any curiosity whatsoever about succulents and How To Succulents.
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37 min
November 13, 2017
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
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44 min
November 13, 2017
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.
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6 min
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