120 episodes

Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

Plantrama - plants, landscapes, & bringing nature indoors Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari

    • Home & Garden

Ellen Zachos and C.L. Fornari help you discover the amazing world of plants: in the garden, in the wild, and on your plate. They show you how to grow plants successfully, how to enjoy your natural surroundings, and how to make the most of your harvest, whether it's cultivated or foraged. (Spoiler alert: they don't always agree!) You'll find three different topics in each episode, plus email questions from listeners.

    Bitters, Terrariums, and Heat For Seed Germination

    Bitters, Terrariums, and Heat For Seed Germination

    This episode starts with talk about bitters, what they are, why you want them in a cocktail, and how to make your own. We go on to talk about the basics for making a terrarium and end with a question from a listener about using heat mats for starting seeds.

    • 28 min
    Roses, Mealy Bug, and Sensitive Plants

    Roses, Mealy Bug, and Sensitive Plants

    We begin this episode with the types of roses that are available for gardens, and which are the easiest to grow. Next we discuss the cottony bug that plagues many houseplants, the mealy bug. And we end with a question from a listener about the sensitive plant, a mimosa with leaves that close when you touch them.

    • 20 min
    Monstera Plants and Growing Your Own Wedding

    Monstera Plants and Growing Your Own Wedding

    Do you want to know what it takes to successfully grow a Monstera? Ellen and C.L. explain the first three things you need to know about this stylish plant. In the main segment we discuss options for DIY brides…or anyone planning to have a large event in their yard or garden. The episode ends by talking about what type of lights are needed for starting vegetable seedlings.

    • 22 min
    Nachos, Clivia, Dormancy, and Frosty Fern

    Nachos, Clivia, Dormancy, and Frosty Fern

    In this episode of Plantrama we talk about vegan Nachos, growing a Clivia plant, why some plants go dormant, and how to keep a frosty fern alive.

    • 20 min
    Heavy Amaryllis Flowers, Seed Catalogs and Houseplant Vacation Care

    Heavy Amaryllis Flowers, Seed Catalogs and Houseplant Vacation Care

    In this episode we talk about using Sumac as a spice, how to keep those huge and how to prevent those heavy Amaryllis flowers from falling over and breaking off. In the main segment we discuss seed catalogs and end with Fred’s question about how he can keep his houseplants alive when he’s away on vacation. Plus a link to The Wild Spice Cabinet, Ellen’s online course.

    • 23 min
    Taming Overgrown or Too Large Gardens and Garden Design Tips

    Taming Overgrown or Too Large Gardens and Garden Design Tips

    We begin this episode with the importance of planting something new “at ground level.” Next Ellen and C.L. discuss what to do if your gardens have grown too large or unmanageable. We give garden design tips and end with Kerry’s request for different holiday plant suggestions.

    • 25 min

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