Episodes
Host Jane Perrone talks to Darryl Cheng aka House Plant Journal about the science of light for houseplants and how a light meter can up your houseplant game, and the Q&A covers how to tame an agave. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/light-meters Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants and my houseplant cards Houseplant Gardener...
Published 03/01/24
Published 02/16/24
A blast from the past as I replay an early episode of On The Ledge all about those annoying houseplant pests, fungus gnats, plus I answer questions on saving a damaged cactus, rusty watering cans, flowering plants for Easter. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/fungus-gnats  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants and my houseplant...
Published 02/16/24
I talk to Michael Holland about his new houseplant book for children, and I answer a question about mealybugs on cuttings. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/houseplants-children  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants and my houseplant cards Houseplant Gardener in a Box here. Support On The Ledge on Patreon: ...
Published 02/02/24
Host Jane Perrone answers four listener questions, and we hear an intriguing story from listener Greg about the airplant Tillandsia tectorum. For full show notes including a transcript of this episode, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/284-questions Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on...
Published 01/19/24
I discuss the illegal trade in succulents and find out what makes cactus poachers tick with Dr Jared Margulies. Plus I answer a question about starry marks on a prayer plant. For full show notes including a transcript, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/cactus-hunters Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On...
Published 01/05/24
Hear an extract from Legends of the Leaf profiling the venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, and a Q&A about houseplant courses. For full show notes and a transcript, visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/venus-flytrap  Want to get yourself a copy of Legends of the Leaf my book on houseplants? Full info here http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Support On The Ledge on Patreon: ...
Published 12/22/23
FInd out about the final begonia in my top ten as well as all you need to know to keep these plants alive this winter and beyond. For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: ...
Published 12/15/23
Today I consider the only shrublike begonia that made it into my top ten: Begonia 'Thurstonii'. For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ontheledge Follow...
Published 12/14/23
The fierce begonia, Begonia ferox, has leaves with a dramatic feature that any punk would love - that's why they are number eight in my top ten begonias.  For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The...
Published 12/08/23
Today’s begonia has a special skill: rapidly changing colour when exposed to extra light. Find out why Begonia solimutata deserves a place in my begonia top ten. For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On...
Published 12/05/23
Begonia sizemoreae (correct name Begonia longicilata) doesn’t seem to have a common name but I am calling it the super hairy begonia. This rhizomatous begonia deserves a place in my top ten for its distinctive leaves.  For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book...
Published 12/04/23
Introducing number five in my top ten: the beefsteak begonia, Begonia 'Erythrophylla'. For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ontheledge Follow Jane...
Published 12/01/23
I LOVE this beautiful cane begonia which is number four in my list of top ten begonias. It grows to a majestic 2m tall and is more tolerant than you'd think! For full show notes including the rest of the top ten, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The...
Published 11/30/23
Third on my list of top ten begonias for the average living room is the iron cross begonia, Begonia masoniana, a true showstopper of a species that has been an iconic houseplant since the 1950s when it first entered the indoor plant world thanks to a chap called Maurice Mason. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends...
Published 11/29/23
Find out everything you need to know about the second of my top ten begonias for the average room - the gorgeously spotty polkadot begonia, Begonia maculata 'Wightii'. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: ...
Published 11/28/23
I introduce my top ten begonias, starting with the eyelash begonia, Begona bowerae - an absolutely brilliant and tough begonia species everyone can grow. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/top-ten-begonias  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: ...
Published 11/27/23
Struggling to keep your potted citrus alive? I chat to Byron Martin of Logee’s Greenhouses to find out his top tips for keep lemons, limes and more alive in your home. Plus I answer a question about taming a Monstera. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/citrus-houseplants This episode is supported by Bloomsybox. Go to bloomsybox.com and enter code LEDGE25 to get 25% off site-wide now.  Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant...
Published 11/24/23
To stake, or not to stake? I look at the arguments for and against staking moth orchids (aka Phalaenopsis) plus I answer a question about houseplants in films, and we hear from Helen in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/staking-moth-orchids Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com ...
Published 11/10/23
Halloween week surprise! I drop an extra episode in which I talk to author Marta McDowell about her new book Gardening Can Be Murder, which explores plants and gardens as the inspiration for writers of crime fiction. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/gardening-murder-mystery Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants...
Published 11/03/23
I am joined by The Leca Queen Nora Mutalima to discuss all things leca - find out how to grow houseplants in this soilless medium, from prep to feeding! For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/leca-clay-pebbles Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: ...
Published 10/27/23
I chat to Jazminn WIlliams aka The Rare Plant Scout about tracking down people’s precious wishlist plants, how to buy safely from overseas sellers, and how to make sure your plants arribe in great shape. Plus I answer a question about one of the world’s worst houseplants! For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/rare-plant-scout Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of...
Published 10/13/23
I find out more about the world of tissue culture with Laur of Plants In Jars, and I answer a question about sourcing an everfresh tree. Patreon subscribers at the Ledge End and Superfan levels can listen to more chat with Laur in my bonus podcast An Extra Leaf. Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on...
Published 09/29/23
I find out about the indoor tree that’s being marketed as ‘the next fiddle leaf fig’ with guest Joop Huner and find out what it needs to thrive. Plus I tackle a Peperomia question and we hear from listener Nicole. Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ontheledge Follow Jane...
Published 09/15/23
I talk to bryologist Dr Neil Bell about the wonders of moss, and answer a question about TDS meters. For full show notes, visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/moss Sign up for The Plant Ledger, my email newsletter about the houseplant scene: https://www.janeperrone.com/ledger Check out Legends of the Leaf, my book on houseplants http://legendsoftheleafbook.com Support On The Ledge on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ontheledge Follow Jane Perrone on Instagram: ...
Published 09/01/23