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Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration.

Bloom and Grow Radio Maria Failla- Plant Lady and Host of Bloom and Grow Radio

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    • 4.8 • 698 Ratings

Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life. Ever killed a houseplant before? Host Maria Failla can relate. That’s why she interviews planty experts to get answers to the plant care questions we all have, but might be nervous to ask: like what the heck IS bright indirect light? What is soil and potting mix made up of? Or What IS the best way to water my plants? Tune in to stop killing your plants, learn how to get them to thrive and most importantly, how plants can help us grow a little more joy in our lives while we “Keep Blooming and Keep Growing”! Follow @bloomandgrowradio on IG for daily planty inspiration.

    Houseplants that Bloom

    Houseplants that Bloom

    Houseplants are celebrated for their amazing foliage, but I think we overlook an another amazing ability, a specific subcategory our favorite indoor plants have—the ability to bloom! Some people say we are intrinsically connected to flowers because way back when, they signified fruit. Personally, I just think they are joyful as hell with their bright colors and let's be frank, we all need a little more joy and color in our lives. To give us a better grasp of this beautiful subcategory, I've invited back Lisa of The Houseplant Guru to talk about the must-knows of houseplants that bloom, and how reconnecting with this group of plants can help us reconnect to generations we might never know.
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    In this episode we learn:[01:13] Maria’s garden updates[02:34] Welcome, new Garden Party and Garden Society members![04:15] Introducing Lisa, a beloved Bloom and Grow Radio guest[06:38] African violets and their underrated beauty[08:27] What are the differences in plant care between foliage houseplants and blooming houseplants?[13:25] How long should grow lights stay on for flowering houseplants?[14:13] How does photoperiod affect the bloom cycle of a plant?[15:42] Can you put orchids under grow lights?[16:59] Do blooming houseplants need fertilizer?[20:24] What to do when your orchids don’t bloom[21:52] The perfect and most sleek grow lights for year-round indoor lighting[23:24] Where to get an easy-to-use and most varied selection of fertilizers and tones[25:10] How to get orchids to re-bloom[26:26] Maria and Lisa share their thoughts about collecting plants and moving homes[29:51] Best blooming houseplants for beginners[30:59] Why do you need to turn your holiday cactus all year round?[31:53] What is the trick for beautiful and healthy African violets?[33:36] Best blooming houseplants for beginners (continued)[36:17] Best blooming houseplants for intermediates[38:38] Are Gerbera daisies appropriate houseplants?[39:37] How to make blooms last longer[40:37] Should you fertilize your plant while it is in bloom?[41:04] Lisa’s favorite blooming houseplants[41:44] Where to get Lisa’s latest book![43:27] Maria’s personal story on how blooming plants connected generations of their family[48:17] Closing remarksMentioned in our conversation:BAGR episode 133: How To Manage Deer, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Moles, Voles And Other Animals In Your Garden With Brie The Plant LadyBAGR episode 30: Orchid 101 With ChrisBAGR episode 84 : African Violets 101 With LisaPre-order Lisa’s book “Bloom: The secrets of growing flowering houseplants year-round”
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    • 52 min
    Intro to Essential Oils with Chris Satch

    Intro to Essential Oils with Chris Satch

    Plant friends, you probably know my brain broke a little bit last year when Dr Elle Barnes explained plant science and how the smells we know and love are actually something called VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, that plants use to communicate with each other. I had another mind-blowing experience as I researched my book Growing Joy and learned that scent and smell is one of the most powerful senses for memory and feeling. No wonder candles and essential oils are so popular! For this episode, our guest Chris Satch, a dear friend and Bloom and Grow's repeat guest, breaks down and dives under the surface to explain the what's and why's behind essential oils. Time to get exploring!
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    In this episode we learn:[00:50] Introducing Chris[02:48] How is this episode about essential oils?[05:44] How Chris became the plant parent he is today[07:50] What is essential oil?[09:32] What makes up the essence of a plant?[11:13] What are VOCs and what are their different functions?[13:38] The truth behind the smell of freshly cut grass[14:37] How Maria has been engaging her sense of smell in the garden[15:35] How plants can attract or repel pests based on their smell[17:20] How do secondary metabolites work? What is the natural function of caffeine?[19:36] How do you make your own essential oils?[20:08] What is the process of enfleurage? What are the basic components of enfleurage?[22:04] What is cold pressing or cold extraction best used for?[22:44] How does the distillation process work for essential oils?[23:16] The advantages and disadvantages of steam distillation[26:39] What is one mistake people make when extracting essential oils?[28:14] What is the extraction method? Why don’t some people prefer extraction? [32:31] Where to get the best fertilizers for all your garden needs[34:58] How to grow a year-round garden with foolproof seeds[36:57] What is the most accessible method to make your own essential oils?[39:42] Extracting lavender essence at home using steam distillation[41:44] Applying the extraction method at home for lavender essential oil[44:00] Chris’ recommended method for beginners[46:46] What are the different compounds that make up our favorite and not-so-favorite scents?[51:39] An easy way to further enrich and explore your growing garden![54:36] Chris’ favorite essential oils and plant essences[56:04] What are some benefits of hinoki essential oil?[57:55] Can all plants produce essential oils?[01:00:21] Why are scents personal? How is smell related to memory?[01:02:17] What are scented plants that you can add to your collection?[01:05:52] Where to get your plant consultation spot with Chris![01:06:56] Easy and simple ways to explore your sense of smell in the garden![01:08:17] Different ways to use essential oils at home and while traveling[01:11:06] Maria’s favorite essential oils and their uses[01:14:15] Closing remarksCheck out Chris's blog on Essential Oils Mentioned in our conversation:BAGR episode: Mind-Blowing Lessons Learned In Intro To Plant Science At NYBG With Dr Elle BarnesSteam distillation kit‘Art of Enfleurage’, Better Homes and Gardens May 2022Boy Smells candlesYoung Living essential oils
    Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyExcited for this year's growing season? If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. They are offering an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Radio, use code GROW10 to get 10% off you

    • 1 hr 17 min
    How Often Should I Change My Propagation Vessel Water? // Knowledge Nugget #5

    How Often Should I Change My Propagation Vessel Water? // Knowledge Nugget #5

    As plant parents, I'm sure you can agree with me when I say that propagation water situations can bring about SO many questions: Does it need to be changed? Why is it cloudy? Can I just leave it and reuse it? That is why I am so excited to bring this Ask our Horticulturist Anything, or AHA, snippet to you where Leslie Halleck, Garden Society's resident horticulturist, answers common propagation questions, including the best time to take cuttings off your mother plants. Learn along!
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    In this episode we learn:[00:46] What are nuggets of knowledge?[01:46] How to level up your plant education[03:26] How often should you change your propagation water?[04:07] What factors affect water propagation?[05:34] When is the best time to take plant cuttings?[06:16] How to host a plant swap and share cuttings with other plant friends![06:45] Where to get horticulturist coaching for your personal collectionFollow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:
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    • 7 min
    Engage Your Senses with Plants at the NYBG

    Engage Your Senses with Plants at the NYBG

    When I started researching the plant/person connection for my book, Growing Joy, something that surprised me was how limited my view of the plant/person relationship was to sight and taste. I knew I could enjoy looking at my plants and when appropriate, eating the ones I grew, but I realized that I was disconnected from my other three senses when it came to my plant collection. This conversation with Marc Hachadourian is all about our senses and feelings with plants - taped live at the New York Botanical Garden! We share simple and efficient ways to engage all your senses in the garden in this special ep. Let's get to it!
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    In this episode we learn:[01:15] Updates on Growing Joy[02:06] What to expect from this episode[02:31] Why you should visit New York Botanical Garden (or your local botanical garden!)[04:18] Upcoming exciting live Growing Joy events[06:15] Who is Marc and how did he become the plant parent he is today?[07:40] A little introduction about Maria and Growing Joy[09:34] An excerpt from Growing Joy’s chapter “Plant Seeds of Delight”[12:14] How to overcome our fear of failure and explore our sense of wonder in the garden[15:33] How plants and gardening deepen our connection to ourselves[17:22] Marc shares a story of gratitude in NYBG after the lockdowns[21:54] An exercise of mindfulness to reconnect with our senses while in the garden[23:56] How Marc engages his sense of touch in the garden[27:01] Why temperature is an important component of plant care[28:25] How plants stimulate our sense of smell; different common smells from plants[31:45] How smell can indicate what’s good and what’s bad in the garden[33:55] Why smell is the strongest of the senses[35:39] An excerpt on taste from Growing Joy[37:25] How to make use of your sense of taste better[39:09] The foolproof way to grow your garden![40:37] Fertilizers and plant foods for all types of plant parents[43:14] How growing our own food and tasting our hard work reconnects us to loved ones[45:44] How to engage your sense of hearing in the garden[49:29] Marc’s favorite sounds growing up and exploring rainforests[50:35] Why we shouldn’t underestimate the power of silence[55:29] The beginning of Growing Joy, “Open Your Eyes”[58:44] Why Marc believes observation is the most important skill[01:01:06] How plant care enriches our empathy towards the world[01:02:58] Live audience question: What orchid varieties are recommended for indoor growth and how do you keep orchids healthy?[01:04:16] Marc’s review of Growing Joy[01:05:32] Why our interaction with colors matters to our wellbeing[01:08:08] Live audience question: Why did the color of my rose change when I moved it?[01:09:22] Live audience question: What are the best tips for growing roses?[01:10:51] Live audience question: How do plants improve our environment?[01:12:10] Mama Failla takes the mic and shares an easy yet most thoughtful gift idea (from plants!)[01:16:30] Words of gratitude from Maria[01:18:56] A few simple tips to engage with your plants and with yourself moreMentioned in our conversation:Terrain by AnthropologieOne Square Inch rainforest audioThe Sound Tracker, Gordon Hempton’s websiteNew York Botanical Garden
    Thank you to our episode sponsors:Territorial Seed CompanyExcited for this year's growing season? If you’re looking for plants for your garden, skip the lines at the garden center and let Territorial Seed Company deliver top-of-the-line, healthy and hardy vegetable plants right to your door! They have a great line of pre-grown plants, an expansive seed catalog, and over 40 years of experience delivering the best seeds and plants for everyone's garden. They are offering an exclusive discount just for listeners of Bloom & Grow Rad

    • 1 hr 22 min
    How Our Community Grows Joy

    How Our Community Grows Joy

    Plant friends, the most awaited day is here: it's Growing Joy's Pub Day! To celebrate Growing Joy hitting the bookstores and to give thanks to the wonderful community behind Bloom and Grow, I've asked community members to share with us how plants help them grow joy. This episode is a wonderful reminder of what plants can do for us: from helping us learn about the world around us, to rediscovering our inner child, to guiding our healing may it be a spiritual, mental, or emotional, to building a community of like-minded plant people, and many more. I'm so excited to bring to you this heartwarming compilation, and of course, my love letter to plants, Growing Joy: A Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (And Plants). Enjoy!
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    In this episode we learn:[00:09] What this special episode is about[02:35] Pub Day is here![03:20] What Growing Joy is about[04:26] The irony behind Growing Joy[05:03] How a community made Growing Joy possible[07:50] An excerpt from Growing Joy’s chapter ‘Practice Kindness’[09:23] How plants help us connect with ourselves and with other people - Jane[10:46] How plants bring calmness and remind us it’s okay to take things slow - Christy[11:44] How plants remind us of the special bonds we have with people - Meredith[12:21] A little fun fact about the humble beginnings of Bloom and Grow[14:20] How plants bring us joy while traveling - Aaron[15:21] How plants help us accept failure as part of our growth - Toni[16:22] How plants encourage us to learn something new every day - Marc, Marie & Miles[17:49] How plants help us grow joy by learning, sharing and giving - Samantha[20:24] Cultivating your curiosity with plants, beyond Growing Joy[21:25] How plants help us heal physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and more - Nancy, Pamela & Willow[27:26] How growing flowers helps grow joy - Michael[28:00] How growing your own food brings joy - Jodi[29:09] How taking care of lithops grow joy - Jamie[30:22] How plants give us a sense of purpose - Tina[31:53] How plants reignite our passion and help us pursue careers that we love - Roos, Chloe, Ami, Rachael, Renee & Bailey[38:17] How plants build a community that grows joy - Nicki & Steven[40:08] Maria shares tips on building a community and enjoying activities together[41:20] How plants help us reconnect with ourselves - Marcia, Karen, Otis, Darlene, Amy, Kamili & Connor[47:36] Maria’s goal behind writing Growing Joy[49:02] The introduction of Growing Joy: A Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (And Plants)Featured plant friends:Jane Ouding - @flowerland_janeChristy Leitch - @teaandfrondsMeredith Fages ProskinAaron Albano - @aaronjalbanoToni Leitgab - @tonilaviece22Marc Crick - @arcanebotanyMarie Scwab - @schwaberryMilesSamantha Leung - @hemlevaNancy Nowick-Kauk - @plantyogamamaPam Garnett - @its_pam_elaWillow Star Wright - @hanginwithplantsMichael Beck - @coloradobeckJodi Bunting - @simpletraditionsfarmJamie Johnson - @minnesotamesembsTina Gustafson - @elevatedgardeningazRoos Kocken - @plantwithroosChloe Tsudama Ami Polite - @politegardensRachael Cohen - @infinitesucculentRenee Molina - @kreativegardensColah B Tawkin - @blackinthegardenBailey Bunting - @botanicalbailsNicki - @plantpotsnwhatnotsSteven Thyken - @hausplantdaddyMarcia Castro-Rosenberg - @rootingforyoulvKaren Pinkoski - @karenpinkoskiOtis Schroeder - @otisfittrainingDarlene Zavala - @darlinggreenthingsAmy Lefavour - @amikinskywalker42Kamili Bell Hill - @plantblerdConnor Raehsler - @craehsler
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    • 56 min
    NYC Plant Swap this Tuesday 6/28!!!

    NYC Plant Swap this Tuesday 6/28!!!

    Join my Plant Swap & Book Launch Party at Greenery Unlimited!
    Tuesday 6/28 June 28th
    Greenery Unlimited in Brooklyn
    7-8 Plant Swap
    8-9 Cocktails by JuneShine and a book signing!
    It's totally free, just RSVP here

    Order my book! Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
698 Ratings

698 Ratings

bihkh ,

Incredible Resource and Encouragement

I have binged all of the episodes of this beautiful podcast of the last few weeks starting with the very first and moving forward to current day. I am so grateful to Maria for providing this incredible resource to us for our houseplants and gardens. It has been such a joy to learn and grow and create a better environment for my plants! Also my kids absolutely love listening as well and have started helping care for our plants as well and have so much knowledge now that none of us had just a month ago. Thank you so much! ❤️

Jennybird89 ,

Loving the flower & bulb episodes!

I’ve been listening to Maria for a few years now. She is my go to for house plant 101! And now that she’s doing flower episodes I’m totally hooked. Please do more on outdoor gardening! I think there is a big demand for it!

Jkay83 ,

Best planty podcast!

I love Bloom & Grow! Maria is such a natural at this. The topics are always so fun and I have learned so much about all things planty! I’m so happy this podcast exists.

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