Episodes
I decided to revive the lockdown-era midweek bonus episode for a bit of fun - I ask my family to decide which of these botanical terms are real, and which ones I have made up… to play along, visit the show notes for the questions and answers: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/botanical-quiz
Published 10/27/21
When the very first episode of On The Ledge dropped on February 2017, I wondered if anyone would bother listening to a podcast about houseplants… I think it’s safe to say the answer was yes! In this episode I reflect on what’s changed in my world and yours in the past four and a half years. For full show notes visit
Published 10/21/21
Raffaella Warren-Barbieri aka @bonsai_raff joins me to talk about how she got into bonsai, where to start with indoor bonsai, and what it’s like being a Gen Z plant aficionado. Plus I answer a question about giving new life to a couple of rescue bromeliads. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/199-indoor-bonsai
Published 10/12/21
I find out more about the soil-free growing medium Pon from Lechuza’s UK sales director Arvin Bhudia, and I answer a question about a succulent that’s growing something strange. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/lechuza-pon
Published 10/08/21
I talk to horticulturist Leslie Halleck about her new book Tiny Plants, and answer a question about a colourful Tradescantia. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/tiny-plants-leslie-halleck
Published 10/01/21
Has the horticultural institution that is the Chelsea Flower Show truly embraced the houseplant world? I visited on press day to take a look. And I answer a question about a stunted Ctenanthe. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplants-chelsea-flower-show-2021
Published 09/24/21
I find out more about a scheme helping women in prison to get growing houseplants, and I discuss the delights of lucky bamboo, aka Dracaena sanderiana. Plus I answer a question about cork for supporting aroids. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/prison-glasshouse-lucky-bamboo
Published 09/17/21
Clear plastic pots are common in the world of orchid growing, but can they work for other houseplants? I share my experiences growing in transparent pots and delve into a bit of root botany in this episode, plus I answer a question about millipedes in a Monstera. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/transparent-plant-pots
Published 09/10/21
Aroid expert Peter Boyce joins me to discuss the newly-formed European Aroid Society, exciting new developments in the world of aroids and why you should never cut the roots off your Monstera! Plus I answer a question about potting plants with no drainage hole. For the full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/aroids-peter-boyce
Published 07/23/21
Plants can boost your mental health - but it’s easy to let your leafy obsession tip over into a damaging habit that impacts your wellbeing. I chat to Mental health nurse Amy March about how to deal with houseplant overwhelm, whether plant bans are a good thing, and how to develop healthy houseplant buying habits. Plus we hear from listener Ana Cristina and I answer a question about a bird’s nest fern. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplants-mental-health
Published 07/16/21
I meet Tony Le-Britton, the aroid grower extraordinaire known for his Insta account @notanotherjungle, at his home in Northamptonshire. Plus I answer a question about a wayward Hoya. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/aroids-notanotherjungle
Published 07/09/21
Hear my talk on houseplant care from the Leaf Houseplant Festival and I answer a question about aphids. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplant-rules-aphids
Published 07/02/21
Want to give your houseplants a staycation outside? Here are my top tips on what you can put outside, what to watch for and what to do if you don’t have any outside space. Plus I answer a question about moss poles and we hear from listener Sophie from Wales. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/moving-houseplants-outside-summer
Published 06/25/21
Terrariums offer endless possibilities for growing, but where do you start? Jacob James of GrowTropicals joins me to discuss containers, substrates and of course - the plants. Plus I answer a question about Aroids and toxicity. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/6/17/episode-188-terrariums
Published 06/18/21
Succulent expert Dr Colin Walker joins me to discuss the wonderful world of snake plants, aka Sansevierias, plus I answer a question about repotting a fern. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/6/8/snake-plants-sansevieria
Published 06/11/21
Like so many household objects, plants are often discarded for the “crime” of being slightly imperfect - but Sarah Gerrard-Jones is out to change that. I meet Sarah, aka The Plant Rescuer, to discuss her obsession with saving every houseplant she can. And I answer a question about a lanky avocado. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/5/25/episode-186-the-plant-rescuer
Published 05/28/21
In this episode I take a look at the silver dollar vine, Xerosicyos danguyi, an intriguing trailing succulent that is a member of the cucurbit family. Plus I answer a question about making a Philodendron fuller, and we hear from listener Greg. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/5/21/silver-dollar-vine-xerosicyos
Published 05/21/21
Dr David Hessayon’s book The Houseplant Expert has been inspired indoor gardeners for decades, including me! In this episode I talk to two fellow horticulturists who knew him well, and reflect on his legacy. Plus I answer a question about moving a 5ft cactus, and we hear from a ten-year-old houseplant fan in Meet The Listener. To read the full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/5/12/episode-184-the-houseplant-expert-by-dr-dg-hessayon
Published 05/14/21
Did you know that plants have memory, senses and their own unique language? Find out more with Dr Beronda Montgomery, author of new book Lessons With Plants, in the latest instalment of the leaf botany series. Plus I answer a question about plants to hang in the shower. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/5/7/episode-183-leaf-botany-part-six-what-do-plants-know-with-beronda-montgomery
Published 05/07/21
From succulents in terrariums to indoor olive trees, I get a few houseplant-related rants off my chest. Plus we hear from listener Jami. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/4/21/episode-182 To take part in the On The Ledge survey, visit https://forms.gle/NHBCcwupK8mcd5aU8
Published 04/30/21
Moth orchids looking miserable? Want to get your Phalaenopsis to rebloom? Terry Richardson (aka The Black Thumb) joins me to answer all your orchid rescue questions: plus I answer a question about plants that can hold their own in a loft space. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/phalaenopsis-moth-orchid-rescue
Published 04/23/21
This week Jakarta-based YouTuber and prolific grower Sean William Salim joins me to talk about plant culture in Indonesia, and we say hello to Ray from South Korea in Meet The Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/4/16/episode-180-indonesian-houseplant-culture-with-youtuber-onlyplants
Published 04/16/21
I talk growing indoor citrus and much more with HGTV’s Marianne Canada and answer a question about Philodendron vs Monstera. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/3/25/episode-179
Published 04/09/21
Is my plant taking merely resting, or is it dead? Why has my cactus stopped growing? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, this episode is for you! Botanist Dr Matt Candeias joins me to demystify dormancy in plants. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/3/25/episode-178-leaf-botany-part-five-dormancy-and-death
Published 03/26/21
Listen to the second part of my interview on biological controls for pests, plus I answer a question about an Oxalis and give an update on the sowalong, and we hear from listener Tate. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/3/12/episode-177-biological-controls-pests
Published 03/18/21