Episodes
It’s time to sow some seeds and shoot the breeze about Hoya trends in this episode; plus I answer a question about two very similar-looking variegated houseplants: one rather rarer than the other. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/1/8/episode-170
Published 01/22/21
*I am re-upoading this episode as many listeners have had problems with the old file - my apologies!*  Dr Jared Margulies of the University of Alabama joins me to discuss the issue of plant poaching: from what to look for when you’re buying rare succulents, to who is behind the illegal trade. And I answer a question about storing Xanthosoma corms. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/1/8/cactus-succulent-illegal-poaching
Published 01/16/21
Rare cacti and succulents are being ripped out of the ground and sold illegally all over the world. Political Dr Jared Margulies of the University of Alabama joins me to discuss the issue of plant poaching: from what to look for when you’re buying rare succulents, to who is behind the illegal trade. And I answer a question about storing Xanthosoma corms. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2021/1/8/cactus-succulent-illegal-poaching
Published 01/15/21
This bonus episode has nothing to do with plants! It’s just a bit of fun. I read an abridged version of the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. I hope it’ll be a relaxing listen, but if you’re just here for the houseplants, skip this one and check out my back catalogue of more than 160 planty episodes. I’ll be back with a new episode on January 15 2021. Find out more about A Christmas Carol in the show...
Published 12/24/20
Find out how you scored in the On The Ledge quiz as Jane reveals the answers. Check out the questions and answers in full at https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/12/14/plant-quiz-aloe-vera
Published 12/19/20
I test your planty podcast knowledge in an On The Ledge quiz, plus I answer a question about an Aloe vera and we meet Alannah in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/12/14/plant-quiz-aloe-vera
Published 12/18/20
I explain why springtails are nothing to be afraid of, and I explain how to take cuttings of the swiss cheese plant, Monstera deliciosa. Plus we hear from listener Jonathan in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-167-springtails-monstera-cuttings
Published 12/11/20
Find out how to turn a glass cabinet from IKEA into a stylish indoor greenhouse with my guests Camila Lohr and Vinny Araujo, plus I answer a question about preventative pest control and we hear from listener Zoe in New Zealand in Meet the Listener. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-166-ikea-greenhouse-cabinet
Published 12/04/20
If your new plant has super-shiny leaves, it may have been treated with a leaf shine spray. I find out more about these products with Canadian garden writer Larry Hodgson, and discuss the best ways to clean plant leaves. Plus we hear from listener Beth. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-164-leaf-shine-cleaning-leaves
Published 11/27/20
My guest this week is Travis Cooper aka @plantsdecoop, creator of #PlantsNPoses on Instagram: we cover everything from plant purges and the best Anthuriums for newbies to the power of creativity and the joy of tapping into our childhood playfulness. I also answer a question about choosing a new home with your plants in mind. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/20/episode-164-travis-cooper-plantsdecoop
Published 11/20/20
I delve into the history of On The Ledge and explain how it all began, as well as how I put the show together today, plus we meet listener Armando, host of podcast The Plant Nook, and I answer a question about houseplant wholesalers. For full show notes visit www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/11/13/episode-163-behind-the-scenes-at-on-the-ledge
Published 11/13/20
Crotons (Codiaeum variegatum) have a bit of a reputation for being tricky - in this episode I suggest some ways of keeping yours happy; plus I answer a question about a Thanksgiving cactus and we meet listener Carol. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/codiaeum-variegatum-croton
Published 11/06/20
I learn about the science of tissue culture and what it means for the houseplant industry with the help of Chris Reynolds, founder of tissue culture lab Seedless Labs. Plus I answer a question about an ivy and a Dracaena called Norman, and we hear from listener Karl. Full show notes: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/23/episode-161-tissue-culture-explained
Published 10/23/20
Professor Nox Makunga of Stellenbosch University in South Africa joins me to explain the pigments that give houseplant leaves their colours, I answer a question about a ‘Silver Ripple’ Peperomia and we hear from listener Mia. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/16/episode-160-leaf-botany-part-four-pigments
Published 10/16/20
Illustrator Katie Vaz talks to me about her new book My Life in Plants and I answer a question about plants for a south-facing window. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/10/7/episode-159
Published 10/09/20
It’s the final part of my run-through of the various things you can use to make up your houseplant potting mixes, including perlite and vermiculite; plus I answer a question about a mixed planter. Want to help me make my houseplant book Legends of the Leaf a reality? Pledge now.... https://unbound.com/books/legends-of-the-leaf/ For the full show notes, visit 
Published 10/02/20
IIn the second part of my potting mix ingredients A-Z I work through from C to L, plus I answer a question about watering citrus trees, and we hear from listener Theresa. Want to help me make my houseplant book Legends of the Leaf a reality? Pledge now! For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/25/episode-157-an-a-to-z-of-potting-mix-ingredients-part-two
Published 09/25/20
Find out about my crowdfunding appeal on Unbound for forthcoming book Legends of the Leaf: The story behind 25 iconic houseplants and the secrets to making them thrive.  Pledge your support here: https://unbound.com/books/legends-of-the-leaf/ For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/legendsbook
Published 09/23/20
I am joined by fellow houseplant expert Mr Houseplant, aka Vladan Nikolic, to discuss the ingredients that go into your plants’ pots, plus I answer a question about finding name-appropriate houseplant gifts. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/18/episode-156-potting-mix-ingredients-an-a-to-z-part-one
Published 09/18/20
It’s time to answer some listener questions! Distorted Monstera leaves, watering techniques and black pepper plants all come under scrutiny in this Q&A special. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/11/episode-155-your-listener-questions
Published 09/11/20
Prices for so-called unicorn plants have gone sky high as the houseplant trend continues to explode, but this week I am asking: is any plant really worth that much? Plus I answer a listener question about marks on a moon cactus and we hear from listener Basma. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/9/4/episode-154-the-price-of-rare-plants
Published 09/04/20
Organic grower Claire Ratinon joins me to talk about her new book, How To Grow Your Dinner Without Leaving The House and racism in horticulture, and I answer a question about a jade plant with tiny leaves.
Published 08/28/20
This week I find out what silicon does for plants, answer a couple of questions about brown spots on leaves, and we hear from listener MV. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/8/21/episode-152-leaf-botany-part-three-silicon
Published 08/21/20
Warning, this episode is seriously relaxing! I read from a Victorian book on indoor gardening that should provide the perfect aural backdrop to a chill-out session, some plant care or even an afternoon nap. For full show notes visit https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/2020/8/9/episode-151-the-relaxation-episode
Published 08/14/20
In this milestone 150th episode, I lay out my manifesto for On The Ledge and answer a question about growing tomatoes, plus we meet listener Lydia and look back at some highlights from the last 50 episodes.
Published 08/07/20