A Houseplant Debate, Plants Underwater, and Hardy Palm Trees

Have you wondered why some plants can live underwater but your houseplants die if you give them too much water? Hear why this is, which houseplants Ellen and C.L. recommend, and learn about “Secret Suppers” in this episode of Plantrama.

:33 Insider Information: Why some plants can grow under water while others rot and die in too much water.
9:20 Eat/Drink/Grow: Houseplant Debate!
20:12 Did You Know: A Secret Supper  Learn more here.
24:58 Love Letters and Questions:   Paul wants to know if there are palm trees that are cold hardy.

Why are some plants able to live in (or even under) water while others rot? Ellen and C.L. discuss how aquatic plants are different. 

C.L. Loves spider plants…Ellen, not so much. What do you think of this variegated houseplant?

A photo from Ellen’s Secret Supper in New Mexico.

Those in northern climates will need to travel to warmer areas for palm trees. But frankly, that’s one of the things that makes traveling so interesting…different plants than you see everyday at home!

Learn about an easy, vegetable comfort dish and the Norfolk Island Pine houseplant. Discover great holiday gifts and find out what is meant by “genus and species.” There are no stupid questions here, as long as the topic is plants!

:30 What’s For Dinner:   Twice Baked Potatoes
6:42  Eat/Drink/Grow:   Norfolk Island Pine Araucaria heterophylla native to Norfolk Island, a small island between Australia and New Zealand and not really a pine.
14:34 Insider Information: The Plantrama Gift List
21:28 Love Letters and Questions: Could you please explain the terms species and genus?

Gift List:
Our Books and Plantrama Merch
Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening: Rare Varieties - Unusual Options - Plant Lore & Guidance Matt Mattus
Orbit B-hyve Irrigation
Gift certificate from Botanical Interest Seeds

All sorts of veggies can be mixed into the potato...kale, broccoli, chard, or winter squash are some favorites

You can freeze twice baked potatoes after you put them together. Then they are ready to take out of the freezer and bake when you need healthy comfort food.

People appreciate a Norfolk Island Pine as a substitute indoor Christmas tree because it's bright green and the layered branches can hold some ornaments.

Some put this plant out in a dappled sun location for the summer. If you wish to do so, wait until all danger of frost is past.


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