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Musings with people in the world of gardening, botany, horticulture and nature. Marlene takes her years of gardening experience, success and failures and turns it into an unpretentious, humorous listen. From organic vegetable gardening, houseplants, bee keeping, flowers, and everything in between -- this podcast covers it.

Flower Power Garden Hour Marlene Simon

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Musings with people in the world of gardening, botany, horticulture and nature. Marlene takes her years of gardening experience, success and failures and turns it into an unpretentious, humorous listen. From organic vegetable gardening, houseplants, bee keeping, flowers, and everything in between -- this podcast covers it.

    Flower Power Garden Hour 56: Bonsai, with Jimmy Jet Black of Snail Trail 4x4

    Flower Power Garden Hour 56: Bonsai, with Jimmy Jet Black of Snail Trail 4x4

    What do you do when you inherit several decades-old bonsai? For my guest it was easy… become a bonsai grower yourself. Now over 10 years in, those inherited bonsai (some as old as 50) are thriving…in addition to many more Jimmy Jet Black has added. In this episode I talk to Jimmy about the fundamentals of bonsai and what his tips and tricks are including:
    • What are the easiest plants to start with
    • What is the best soil to use
    • How exactly do you grow bonsai with its roots exposed

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Flower Power Garden Hour 55: Listener Q&A

    Flower Power Garden Hour 55: Listener Q&A

    Marlene answers a variety of listener submitted questions this week. It’s a grab bag of topics this time, including:

    • Hydrangea – did not flower…why?
    • Lemon tree – plant producing fruit, but appears sick…is it?
    • Tomatoes – late season, still producing, but not ripening
    • Irises – time of year to transfer?
    • Christmas Cactus – care during winter months
    • Oranges – splitting and molding….why?

    • 51 min
    Flower Power Garden Hour 54: Hoyas, with Jonathan Robbins of Flori-Culture

    Flower Power Garden Hour 54: Hoyas, with Jonathan Robbins of Flori-Culture

    Hoyas produce some of the most beautiful flowers, and the fact they can do so as a houseplant is a win-win. I sit down with the owner of Flori-Culture nursery, Jonathan Robbins, and we discuss the care and cultivation of Hoyas and other not-as-common houseplants. Included in this are the epiphytic cacti Rhipsalis, Dischidias and even the much sought after Selenicereus wittii. Learn Jonathan’s propagation tips, soil recommendations and watering techniques

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Flower Power Garden Hour 53: Listener Q&A…grab bag

    Flower Power Garden Hour 53: Listener Q&A…grab bag

    Marlene answers a variety of listener submitted questions this week -- grab bag of questions.

    • Persimmon tree. Best time of year to buy/plant? Seed or bare root?
    • African Daisies – starting to die….advice?
    • Purple potatoes – can you let them grow over the winter?
    • Lemon tree. How to propagate….seed or cutting?
    • Jade plant. Severe damage due to freezing…can it be saved?
    • Gnats &/or chewing insects – how to get rid of
    • Timing of liquid copper spray

    • 48 min
    Flower Power Garden Hour 52: Plant Defenses

    Flower Power Garden Hour 52: Plant Defenses

    Poisons, spines, secondary metabolites…plants have numerous ways of ensuring they are protected & dispersed. I sit down with botanist Jonathon Holguin to discuss our favorite ways plants protect/disperse themselves. Why does Stevia taste sweet, what are the compounds in stinging nettle, what happens when you get Euphorbia sap in your eye, & many more? Some of these defenses we encounter often while hiking, & others we hope to never experience -- such as Giant cow parsnip or Monkshood poisoning.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Flower Power Garden Hour 51: Summer vegetable wrap up show

    Flower Power Garden Hour 51: Summer vegetable wrap up show

    Review of what worked & didn’t work in my vegetable garden this summer.

    • Tomatoes. Florida weave vs cages. My pruning process in the future. Straw as weed block. Success of varieties including Sungold, Black Beauty, Berkley Tie Dye

    • Peppers. MANY successes, including ghost peppers, shishito, poblano, bell peppers, Rhenza Macedonia. Why the success?

    • Also deep dive review on: melons, eggplants, beans, Solanum quitoense, zucca gourd, Sakurajima giant radish, corn and more

    • 50 min

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