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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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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.

    Popular and Unique Aroids to Try this Summer with Enid of NSE Tropicals

    Popular and Unique Aroids to Try this Summer with Enid of NSE Tropicals

    Aroids have always been fascinating, with their different leaf shapes, structures, and texture, it's no surprise that this set of plants is only growing more and more popular today. In this episode, we welcome back the queen of the aroids, Enid from NSE Tropicals, to discuss five popular and unique aroids to try growing this summer! Enid is just such a well of knowledge on more unusual aroids and she shares some more unique types that we might want to introduce to our collections. This episode is definitely geared towards you curious collector plant parent types out there, so let's dive in!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.
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    In this episode we learn:[00:49] Free membership to the Garden Society? Yes, please![02:47] Enid’s book and NSE Tropicals updates[05:40] Why are aroids so popular? Why are aroids the perfect beginner houseplants?[08:31] What makes houseplants ‘rare’?[11:59] Aside from NSE Tropicals, where can you source 'rare' plants?[13:11] What you need to know when sourcing plants internationally[15:57] What do people need to look out for when buying plants abroad?[17:04] Where to get the best seeds for your spring garden![18:27] The best and wide-variety selection of plant tones and fertilizers for you[20:28] Unique Aroid #1: Philodendron tortum[23:57] The magic of watching a houseplant leaf unfurl[24:43] Unique Aroid #2: Philodendron bernardopazii[27:01] Unique Aroid #3: Anthurium veitchii[29:28] What kind of light do these rare aroids need?[29:58] Unique Aroid #4: Anthurium ‘Selby’s Silver’[32:10] Shoutout to Bloom and Grow listener, Joey![34:36] Unique Aroid #5: Philodendron distantilobum[36:54] Bonus plant: The Offolteranium[37:57] Enid shares the inspiration behind her book Welcome to the Jungle[38:59] Where to get Enid’s book[41:16] Take advantage of this sweet Growing Joy offer!Mentioned in our conversation:Welcome to the Jungle: Rare Tropical Houseplants to Collect, Grow, and Love, book by Enid Offolter
    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 your first order. Order now at territorialseed.com
    Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.

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    • 45 min
    Preserving Asian Heritage Through Seeds and Stories

    Preserving Asian Heritage Through Seeds and Stories

    Seeds do not only provide us with food to eat, but they represent the future and also allow us to reflect on our history. They are heirlooms, a connection to our ancestors and their stories. In this episode, on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we celebrate stories of Asian culture and connection to nature and food through seeds, with YC Miller from Kitazawa Seed Company. YC walks us through the importance of preserving our heritage through seeds and the stories we share and tells us heartwarming stories from Kitazawa customers on how a simple vegetable can carry so much family history and pride. Let's dive in!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.
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    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[00:49] Have you heard about this MAJOR announcement?[02:34] How YC became the plant person she is today[05:24] How growing food can reconnect us with our heritage[09:56] Maria shares her family’s history with food as Italian immigrants[12:28] How two brothers built Kitazawa Seed Company[14:32] Why preserving seed diversity is an important part of the immigrant experience[17:44] Where and how does Kitazawa source their seed varieties?[22:45] The best potting mixes for your spring garden![24:25] Get your spring garden started with high-quality seeds[26:00] What are the differences between Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino eggplants?[28:05] What does the process of bringing a new seed variety to the market look like for Kitazawa Seed Company?[28:35] Touching stories on food and Asian heritage from Kitazawa’s customers[32:51] Different Asian recipes for bitter melon[36:21] YC’s recommended Kitazawa varieties for starters[38:01] How to grow gourds in your garden[41:00] YC’s current favorite plant to grow and their favorite recipes with it![44:20] Why you need to grow pak choi or bok choy[45:41] Where to get in touch with YC and Kitazawa [47:18] How to get a free one-month subscription to the Garden Society!Mentioned in our conversation:Kitazawa Seed CoEggplants (Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino)Korean peppersPerilla plantOkinawan bitter gourd or Okinawan bitter melonHerbs (Chinese leeks, Thai basil, bunching onion)Gourds (wax gourds and bottle gourds)Japanese cucumbers
    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 your first order. Order now at territorialseed.com
    Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pet safe indoor and outdoor gardening products, visit espoma.com to find your local Espoma dealer or check my Amazon storefront.

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    • 51 min
    Beginner's Guide to Greenhouses

    Beginner's Guide to Greenhouses

    I feel like there comes a time in every plant parent's life when we start to get really curious and excited about having a dedicated space for all of our plants. If you are an outdoor gardener, the promise of a greenhouse for seed starts and overwintering plants is even more promising! I’ve had several different moments in life where I’ve Googled greenhouse kits but never crossed the finish line due to the overwhelming and somewhat intimidating aspect of installing them properly (and the price tag). Hopefully, this episode will set you up for success if you feel like you’re ready to take the leap of installing a greenhouse - whether it's a small kit, or a large structure in your backyard - consider this episode a beginners guide to building the greenhouse of your dreams!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.
    Click here to join us!
    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[01:49] The inspirations behind this episode![04:13] What to expect from this episode[06:15] How Patrick became the plant person he is today[10:10] Patrick shares his greenhouse setup[11:35] Things to consider before planning a greenhouse[12:28] Why do you need a license for your personal greenhouse?[15:00] What direction should a greenhouse face?[16:44] Pros and cons of different greenhouse materials[20:29] DIY greenhouse vs greenhouse kit[23:41] Patrick’s advice when exploring greenhouse kit options[25:07] What to consider for your greenhouse flooring[27:02] Where to get healthy pre-grown plants[28:13] The best indoor and outdoor gardening products[30:52] Different types of greenhouses and ventilation settings[33:08] How to calculate greenhouse heating and ventilation requirements[34:31] Different types of fans and vents for greenhouse ventilation[37:28] How do you run power to your greenhouse?[39:16] How much does a good beginner greenhouse cost?[42:33] Common misconceptions about greenhouses[43:37] How greenhouses help in pest control and management[45:45] Troubleshooting greenhouse ventilation and humidity issues[46:40] What is the ideal temperature for a greenhouse?[47:53] Patrick’s advice for greenhouse beginners[50:12] Greenhouse #1: Amy’s apartment-deck greenhouse in cold Massachusetts[53:27] Greenhouse #2: Tiffany’s indoor greenhouse for 200+ plants[59:28] Greenhouse #3: Kristin’s fully-customized permanent greenhouse from a kit[01:05:48] Greenhouse #4: Eric’s Instagrammable East Nash Greenhouse with recycled windows[01:11:56] Where to get university-level horticulture education for your greenhouse preparations![01:12:41] How to pre-order Growing Joy
    Mentioned in our conversation:Patrick's other blogs: Sublime Succulents & Self-Sustaining EcosystemDomino Magazine article: How a Stylist DIY-ed Her Dream Greenhouse From a Prefab Kit
    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 your first order. Order now at territorialseed.com
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    I Want to Hear YOUR Story: Join the #GrowingJoyChallenge

    I Want to Hear YOUR Story: Join the #GrowingJoyChallenge

    Plant friends, in celebration of the launch of my new book, Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants), which is about my personal journey with plants, I want to celebrate YOUR stories on launch day.  Growing Joy is not just about my personal journey with my plants, it's about the thousands of stories I have heard from listeners about how plants have helped them heal, grow and find more joy. This is your official invitation to join the #GrowingJoyChallenge and share YOUR story with the world. Tune in for the details!
    Submit your stories here by April 30th!
    In this episode:[00:37] What plants mean to Maria[00:57] Why Growing Joy is about YOU[01:57] How you can share your story with the world![04:36] In-depth tutorials for the #GrowingJoyChallenge[00:57] How to pre-order Growing Joy[05:39] Let’s cultivate more joy in the world!
    Submit your stories here by April 30th!
    Growing Joy Pre-Order LinkGrowing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants)
    by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung

    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.
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    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!
    Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)
    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!
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    • 6 min
    What is Seed Scarification? // Knowledge Nugget #3

    What is Seed Scarification? // Knowledge Nugget #3

    Growing your own plants from seeds is one of the most gratifying experiences in the garden. Watching a tiny seed become a full-grown plant just gives you the most amazing feeling as a plant parent. However, seed starting is a whole different science and practice on its own and requires special soil, different care, grow lights and water monitoring, and interesting practices to make sure that your seeds actually sprout: seed scarification is one of those practices that may seem intimidating, but takes your seed starting game into a whole different level. Leslie Halleck, my plant friend and Bloom and Grow Garden Society's resident horticulturist, gives us the know-how behind seed scarification in this Knowledge Nugget!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.
    Click here to join us!
    Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast,so you don't miss the amazing episodes we have coming up!
    In this episode we learn:[01:29] How to access Leslie Halleck’s planty lectures[02:59] What is seed scarification for?[04:16] Different ways to scarify a seed[04:32] Mistakes to avoid when doing seed scarification[07:05] Your open invitation to the Garden Society!Follow Maria and Bloom and Grow Radio:
    PRE-ORDER LINK: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha Leung
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App AKA the plantiest and kindest corner of the internet!
    Take the Bloom and Grow Plant Parent Personality Quiz (Get the perfect plants, projects and educational resources for YOUR Lifestyle)
    Support Bloom and Grow Radio by becoming a Plant Friend on Patreon!
    Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio
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    Subscribe to the Bloom and Grow Youtube Show! /Bloomandgrowradio
    Website: www.bloomandgrowradio.com
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    • 8 min
    Bulb Basics with Jenks Farmer

    Bulb Basics with Jenks Farmer

    They produce some of the most desirable flowers we know and love, but a bulb can be very confusing to an amateur gardener. We look at this little stub and think, "Seriously, a daffodil is going to sprout up from this thing?" As tropical houseplant growers, bulbs can be a totally different game when it comes to caring, with different sets of tips to be mindful of. Jenks Farmer is a bulb expert and lifelong gardener and in this ep, he joins us to break down everything you need to know about bulbs. Let's dive in!
    Join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!The Bloom and Grow Garden Society is your one-stop shop for plant parenthood growth. When you join, you'll gain full access to the Garden Party Community Platform and App PLUS monthly plant care lectures with Horticulturist in Residence Leslie Halleck, monthly office hours with Leslie to troubleshoot your personal plant care issues and monthly Growing Joy Calls with Maria to develop our community of Society Members and explore the plant/person connection.
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    In this episode we learn:[00:49] Growing Joy updates and invitation[02:04] Watering technique tips and water quality lecture[04:05] How Jenks became the bulb expert he is today[07:35] What is a bulb? How do we identify bulbs?[11:52] Listener question: When is the best time to plant alliums? Will the plants reproduce over time?[12:43] Where can you find bulbs in nature?[14:33] Beginner terms: Annuals vs perennials[15:10] What is a naturalized garden?[16:29] When do you plant different kinds of bulbs?[18:35] How does ground temperature trigger bulb growth?[19:03] How do you force bulbs indoors?[23:14] How do bulbs grow? Why do we need to divide bulbs?[24:53] The best gardening products for any gardening situation[26:14] Where to get pre-grown plants and seeds for your spring garden[27:47] Why do we need to dry bulbs? How do you store dry bulbs?[28:16] How do you store caladiums?[31:04] Jenks’ indoor bulb recommendations[32:00] Do all bulbs go dormant?[34:21] How do you plant bulbs? Do bulbs have to be planted right side up?[35:32] What is the ideal soil mixture for bulbs? How often should you fertilize bulbs?[37:08] How deep should bulbs be planted? Why is depth important?[39:17] Jenks’ bulb recommendations for every season![42:05] Why does Jenks like crinums?[42:50] Where do crinums originate from?[44:11] Where can crinums grow in the country?[45:29] Why Jenks wrote a book on crinums[48:04] Where to find Jenks online[50:01] Maria’s gardening plans update and spring announcementsMentioned in our conversation:PRE-ORDER LINK: Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants) by Maria Failla, Illustrated by Samantha LeungThe Crinum Book, book by Augustus Jenks FarmerFunky Little Flower Farm, book by Augustus Jenkins FarmerDeep-Rooted Wisdom: Skills and Stories from Generations of Gardeners, book by Augustus Jenkins FarmerJenks Farmer’s bulb and containers
    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 your first order. Order now at territorialseed.com
    Espoma OrganicEspoma Organic is dedicated to making safe indoor and outdoor gardening products for people, pets, and the planet. They have an amazing variety of high-quality, organic potting mixes, garden soil, fertilizers, and pest control products that are organic and eco-friendly. To learn more about their pe

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
686 Ratings

686 Ratings

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.

LJSD94 ,

High quality, Fun and engaging to listen to 👍🏼

Love this podcast

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