Cranberries, Potting Soils, and a Too-Tall Houseplant

Cranberries, Potting Soils, and a Too-Tall Houseplant

Ep 213 – Ellen and C.L. talk about cranberry recipes that go beyond the traditional “cranberry sauce.” They discuss potting “soils” and their composition, and give a listener advice about a Dracaena fragrans (aka corn plant) that has gotten too tall.

Apples, Augers, Old Wood and Tomatillos

Apples, Augers, Old Wood and Tomatillos

Ep 212 – C.L. and Ellen give you some different ideas for using apples this season, discuss planting bulbs with an auger on a drill, explain the term “old wood” and answer a listener’s question about tomatillo plants.

Spring Flowering Bulbs, Amaryllis and Fertilizing Houseplants

Spring Flowering Bulbs, Amaryllis and Fertilizing Houseplants

Ep 211 – The Plantrama team discusses the importance of soil temperature when planting bulbs for spring bloom. In the main segment we talk about handling the amaryllis bulbs you have kept from last winter, and how to bring them into flower in December. We end with a question about how frequently houseplants should be fertilized.

Root Stimulator, and Houseplants, Houseplants, Houseplants

Root Stimulator, and Houseplants, Houseplants, Houseplants

Ep 210 – Ellen and C.L. discuss what root stimulator products are and if they are necessary when you plant. They also address why houseplants might drop leaves when you bring them back inside for the winter, and how to fit even more plants in your house.

Fall Purees, Watering and Pesky Black Gnats

Fall Purees, Watering and Pesky Black Gnats

Ep 209 – In this episode we are making purées for use later in the winter, and considering when you might need to water in the fall. Ellen and C.L. discuss managing those pesky fungus gnats (tiny black flies) that can emerge from your houseplants, and we answer a question about using red pepper to deter rabbits, deer and other critters.

Root Crops, Plant Protection and Flies

Root Crops, Plant Protection and Flies

Ep 207 – Ellen and C.L. talk about root crops – potatoes, and sunchokes – and what “open pollinated” means. We discuss the pros and cons of protecting plants for the winter, and answer a listener’s question about plants that draw flies.

Compost, Witches Brooms and Pressed Flowers

Compost, Witches Brooms and Pressed Flowers

Ep 205 – Is compost – homemade or purchased – a good substitute for fertilizer? What is that thick growth in a tree? Ellen and C.L. answer these questions and respond to a listener about uses for pressed flowers.

Growing Perennials From Collected Seed and Early Fall Color

Growing Perennials From Collected Seed and Early Fall Color

Ep 204 – The Plantrama partners in plants start by discussing how to eat the parts of plants we often toss out or put into the compost. Next, we talk about growing new plants from the seeds that you might see right now in your perennial garden. We end by answering a listener’s question about what might make a shrub or tree turn bright colors very early in autumn.

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