Heavy Amaryllis Flowers, Seed Catalogs and Houseplant Vacation Care

In this episode we talk about using Sumac as a spice, how to keep those huge and how to prevent those heavy Amaryllis flowers from falling over and breaking off. In the main segment we discuss seed catalogs and end with Fred’s question about how he can keep his houseplants alive when he’s away on vacation. Plus a link to The Wild Spice Cabinet, Ellen’s online course.

:30 What’s for dinner: Using Sumac as a spice.
Find Ellen’s on-line spice class here.
5:39  Insider Information: Supporting Amaryllis flowers
13:25 Eat/Drink/Grow: The seed catalogs are out!
19:15 Love Letters and Questions: Keeping houseplants alive while you’re on vacation.

Yes, the Sumac you see growing on the side of the road can be used as a flavoring for a number of dishes.

Here the tall Amaryllis stems are supported by red twig dogwood branches that are twined and wired together.

This Amaryllis stem is held up by three thin sticks.

C.L. supported this heavy Amaryllis bloom with a dowel and a green ribbon.

The seed catalogs are out!


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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