225 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

    • Leisure
    • 4.6 • 170 Ratings

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.

    Eggshells, Moss and Terrariums

    Eggshells, Moss and Terrariums

    The Plantrama team discusses the common belief that eggshells provide quick calcium for plants. Next we look at the myths, misunderstandings and misuse of moss, and end with a question about making a terrarium.

    • 28 min
    Chestnuts, Hellebores, and Growing Foxgloves

    Chestnuts, Hellebores, and Growing Foxgloves

    Ellen and C.L. talk about eating chestnuts, the perennial plant that’s commonly called hellebores, and what it means when you are talking about pesticides. We end with a listener’s question about growing foxglove plants from seed.

    • 25 min
    Grafting, Starting Pepper Plants, and Rice Alternatives

    Grafting, Starting Pepper Plants, and Rice Alternatives

    We start out discussing what can be substituted for rice when you cook. Our main segment is about grafted plants, and we end with a discussion about vegetable seeds that you might want to start in the winter, and whether it’s worth it to save a poinsettia from year to year.

    • 26 min
    Heavy Amaryllis Flowers, Cuttings and Cyclamen

    Heavy Amaryllis Flowers, Cuttings and Cyclamen

    In this just-after-the-solstice episode, Ellen and C.L. discuss how to use juniper berries, supporting heavy amaryllis flowers, taking cuttings and Cyclamen.

    • 27 min
    Bare Root Plants, Dracaena and Pruning

    Bare Root Plants, Dracaena and Pruning

    In this episode C.L. and Ellen explain what “bare root plants” are and why you might want them. Next, they talk about the genus Dracaena, which includes some of the most popular houseplants. They end by disagreeing about general rules for pruning (sorry Morgan).

    • 25 min
    Mulching Perennials, Moth Orchids and Leaving The Leaves

    Mulching Perennials, Moth Orchids and Leaving The Leaves

    If you’re wondering if you need to protect your perennial plants with a winter mulch, this episode is for you. Ellen and C.L. go on to talk about the moth orchids, the most commonly sold orchid and an easy one to grow. The show ends with a discussion about the pros and cons of leaving the leaves in your landscape and gardens.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
170 Ratings

170 Ratings

lewolf1006 ,

The best!

I love this podcast. As a cook, gardener and naturalist it meets all my needs. Good for beginners or experienced people!

NDJIson ,

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.

ChasHathaway ,

Love it!

My favorite plant podcast! And I listen to many. These two know their stuff and they’re so generous with that knowledge.

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