Your digital plant friends, here to help you take your indoor jungle/desert/bog to the next level since 2019!
Plant Daddy Podcast is hosted by Stephen and Matthew, two passionate hobbyists who love sharing plant care experiences and stories that speak to plant parents of all experience levels. Whether you are just starting your houseplant journey or already managing an indoor jungle, we are here to share growing techniques and methods, new and unusual plants, or the background and history of familiar ones. Each host brings different perspectives and tastes in plants, but both have enjoyed the great privilege of learning their own local and online plant communities, and they seek to pay this forward to anyone interested in taking their hobby to the next level. Or just enjoy some geeky banter. Plants are enriching and fun, endlessly rewarding, and Plant Daddy Podcast is excited to be your digital plant friends!
Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii Plant Profile
Looking for a consistently-flowering houseplant for that warm, sunny spot where more delicate plants may not thrive? Euphorbia milii is one Matthew has kept for years and Stephen feels may be having a moment. Is care the same as other succulent Euphorbias? How much should you worry about the sap toxicity and thorns? This might be another plant the Plant Daddies agree on.
Chill 'n Chat - Clay Pots, Growing from Seed, Propagating for Sale
It’s Chill and Chat time again, and the Plant Daddies cover a grab bag of planty topics on their minds. Is Matthew changing his mind about terra cotta pots? Stephen finds a chart for profitable propagation... supposedly. And is this the first time we talk about growing things from seed?
The "Private Parts" Cacti
We don't mean to be cocky, but this may be our most titillating episode yet. See what we did there? Thank you. We tackle not one but two of the most popular novelty cacti, the so-called 'Boob Cactus' and the 'Penis Cactus.' Something… for almost everybody? Anyway, how easy are these to care for? And why do they look this way in the first place? Can the Plant Daddies resist the cheap jokes? And if we could only choose one, which would we recommend?
Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena marginata Plant Profile
In an extraordinary twist, we found a very common houseplant that Stephen has far more experience with than Matthew! The Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena marginata - Stephen's oldest plant - may seem ubiquitous and ordinary, but he thinks these remarkably hardy plants can become surprisingly elegant when they mature. Will Matthew agree? Will Stephen charge Matthew for this therapy session?
Off Topic - Thalassa Cruso with Jane Perrone
We're delighted to have Jane Perrone back on the show to talk about the under-appreciated houseplant icon, Thalassa Cruso. Who was she? How does the advice in her book Making Things Grow hold up decades later? And why isn't she better known today? To our surprise, we found some currently trendy techniques and plants in her 1968 book. Did Thalassa finally teach Stephen how to care for a Rex Begonia? Oh, and Jane is writing a book, too! We demand details.
Cobra Lily, Darlingtonia californica Plant Profile
This week we cover the Cobra Lily, Darlingtonia californica, a local native carnivorous plant that we both love - even if we didn't when we first saw them. They can be tricky to grow in regions with warmer temperatures, so we explain some approaches, including zeer pots, ice cubes, and cisterns? Even if you don’t plan to get this plant, tune in for the interesting ways people try to keep these thriving! And to hear Matthew try to record after 10pm!
This podcast. I can’t stop binging it! So happy I discovered you guys. Thank you for sharing digestible plant knowledge!
I can’t get enough
I listen to a lot of plant podcasts. A lot. But this one is my favorite. It’s refreshing to have two different opinions on houseplants. And as a researcher and nerd, I am blown away by not only their knowledge but how well researched the information is. You’ve got a fan for life here in Chicago.
Matthew and Steven are simply the best. Educational for both advanced and beginner plant parents. They go into great detail about place care tips/tricks and always break down the language so even beginners can keep up and learn from. I’ve been listen for just over a month and since tuning built up my confidence to expand my collection outside of the simply pothos/snake and spider plants. Thank you both so much. Keep doing what you’re doing.