Episodes
We all know photosynthesis is vital for plants, but how does it work? Dr Polly Schiffman joins me to explain. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/photosynthesis
Published 07/29/22
I chat to cactus expert and business owner Gynelle Leon in a live recording at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, plus I answer a question about sticky stuff on Philodendron leaves. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/gynelle-leon-hampton-court
Published 07/22/22
Published 07/22/22
Listener German Rivera joins me to talk about his experiences growing Alocasias and Marantas in California, and I answer a question about making pots fuller. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/maranta-alocasia
Published 07/15/22
I visit Martin Ciderspiller’s epic cactus collection, Big Cactus Rescue, to find out why heavy metal music and spiny plants make such good company. For full show notes visit http://janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/big-cactus-rescue
Published 07/07/22
Not all houseplants stay the course: I take a look at three species that seem to have completely dropped out of the palette of plants we grow indoors. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/extinct-houseplants
Published 06/30/22
Maria Failla of podcast Bloom & Grow Radio joins me to share tips from her new book Growing Joy, including dealing with plant overwhelm, and we discuss her love affair with planty books. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplant-books-maria-failla
Published 06/24/22
I visit the nursery of UK houseplant grower Harriet Thompson to find out more about the challenges of growing houseplants sustainably. This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 06/17/22
I answer a new batch of listener questions covering everything from a bird of paradise with wrinkly leaves to a Thanksgiving cactus with bumpy bits. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/listener-questions This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 06/10/22
I’m joined by plant geneticist and microbiologist David Zaitlin to talk about this fascinating genus, with a focus on florist gloxinia and Sinningia leucotricha. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/sinningia-leucotricha-speciosa This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 06/03/22
I visit the Chelsea flower show and chat to the makers of the six Houseplant Studios about their creations, and we hear from listener Bas in the Netherlands.
Published 05/27/22
I chat to Tradescantia expert Avery Rowe about all things inch plant, and I answer a question about baby Saxifrages. This week's show sponsor is Soltech Solutions. Check out Soltech Solutions’ range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with the code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 05/20/22
I check out six ‘new’ houseplants to see if they are worth adding to your collection with the help of fellow plant geek Memo C.
Published 05/13/22
I talk to the new chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society his vision for the BCSS and his own passion for prickly plants, and we hear from listener Andrew. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/bcss-chairman This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 05/06/22
I take a look at the colourful and intricate Fittonia, aka the nerve plant, and answer a question about notching Ficus plants. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/fittonia-nerve-plant This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 04/29/22
It’s Earth Day, so let’s take a look at what you can find and reuse for your houseplants. Rifle through the recycling bin, search your kitchen cupboards and you’ll find plenty of stuff you can press into service. Plus I answer a question about a droopy Alocasia and we hear from listener Natalie. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplants-equipment Thanks to LAVA-LITE for sponsoring this week's episode. Find out more about their range of houseplant...
Published 04/22/22
I chat to Florida-based botanical artist Aaron Apsley about the joys and challenges of painting houseplants, and I answer a question about books on pests and diseases. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/aaron-apsley This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 04/15/22
I visit the Barbican Conservatory in London and talk to head gardener Marta Lowcewicz about this incredible glasshouse. Plus I answer a question about a Kentia palm. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/barbican-conservatory This episode is sponsored by Soltech Solutions. Check out their range of lights now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 04/08/22
You’ve been given a houseplant gift basket - now what? Find out how to care for them, and what to do when they start to look miserable with On The Ledge host Jane Perrone. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplant-gift-baskets
Published 04/01/22
Soil scientist Ashley Esakin of Gardening In Canada is back for part two of her interview about houseplant soils, plus I answer a question about a weeping fig that has had a shock. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/soil-science-part-two Thanks to Soltech Solutions for sponsoring this week's show. Check out Soltech Solutions now at soltechsolutions.com and get 15% off with code ONTHELEDGE.
Published 03/25/22
Soil scientist Ashley Esakin of gardeningincanada.net joins me to delve into the science of houseplant substrates, covering everything from microbial communities to perched water tables. Show notes here: www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/soil-science
Published 03/11/22
Only got five minutes to give your houseplants a lift this weekend? I suggest three jobs that will only take minutes to complete, plus I answer a question about ferns. For full show notes visit: www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/rotate-prune-mulch Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my new email newsletter about the UK houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger
Published 03/10/22
Raffaele Di Lallo of Ohio Tropics joins me to talk about the best ways to water houseplants, and I answer a question about repotting an old jade tree. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/watering-basics
Published 03/04/22
I chat to Roos Kocken aka @plantwithroos about the joys and challenges of growing Alocasias, catch up on the On The Ledge sowalong, and answer a question about Hoya seeds. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/alocasias
Published 02/25/22
I launch the On The Ledge sowalong 2022 and talk to cacti and succulent expert Ian Thwaites about sowing cacti and succulents from seed; plus the Q&A talks about a companion plant for a Monstera, and we hear from Craig (aka @scottishplantdad on Insta) in Meet the Listener.  For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/otlsowalong-cacti-succulents
Published 02/18/22