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.
Yams vs Sweet potatoes, Root Nodules and Fungal Diseases
From roots to leaves to flowers! C.L. and Ellen talk about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes, explain what a root nodule is, and discuss leaf-spot fungus, especially on house plants. The episode ends with a listener question about flowers for a Florida garden.
Low-Light Houseplants, Money Plant and Cleaning Indoor Foliage
It’s all houseplants all the time in this episode of Plantrama. Ellen and C.L. give advice about cleaning the leaves of indoor plants, talk about the many Calatheas that grow well with less light, and answer a question abot the tropical known as “money plant.”
Drying Herbs, Pruning Evergreens, and Bird Attack
The Plantrama team discusses the advice to hang herbs upside down for drying, and whether you should prune evergreens now. We end with a letter from a listener about doing battle with the birds.
Cranberries, Potting Soils, and a Too-Tall Houseplant
Ellen and C.L. talk about cranberry recipes that go beyond the traditional “cranberry sauce.” They discuss potting “soils” and their composition, and give a listener advice about a Dracaena fragrans (aka corn plant) that has gotten too tall.
Apples, Augers, Old Wood and Tomatillos
C.L. and Ellen give you some different ideas for using apples this season, discuss planting bulbs with an auger on a drill, explain the term “old wood” and answer a listener’s question about tomatillo plants.
Spring Flowering Bulbs, Amaryllis and Fertilizing Houseplants
The Plantrama team discusses the importance of soil temperature when planting bulbs for spring bloom. In the main segment we talk about handling the amaryllis bulbs you have kept from last winter, and how to bring them into flower in December. We end with a question about how frequently houseplants should be fertilized.
Just wish there was more!
This podcast always teaches me something. I just wish the episodes were longer. I’ve listened to all episodes multiple times and especially love hearing about foraging and seed collecting. I’d love to hear more on those subjects as well as more on design and curb appeal.
Thanks so much for the awesome content.
My favorite plant podcast! And I listen to many. These two know their stuff and they’re so generous with that knowledge.
I love this podcast. I always learn something and it is so enjoyable. I’ve gone back through and listened to older episodes, once a week is not enough! I wish this was on every day!