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Flower Power Garden Hour

Dec 29, 2019

Marlene answers a variety of listener submitted questions this week. It’s a grab bag of topics this time, including:

  • Hydrangea – did not flower…why?
  • Lemon tree – plant producing fruit, but appears sick…is it?
  • Tomatoes – late season, still producing, but not ripening
  • Irises – time of year to...

Dec 23, 2019

Hoyas produce some of the most beautiful flowers, and the fact they can do so as a houseplant is a win-win. I sit down with the owner of Flori-Culture nursery, Jonathan Robbins, and we discuss the care and cultivation of Hoyas and other not-as-common houseplants. Included in this are the epiphytic cacti...

Dec 8, 2019

Marlene answers a variety of listener submitted questions this week -- grab bag of questions. 

  • Persimmon tree. Best time of year to buy/plant? Seed or bare root?
  • African Daisies – starting to die….advice?
  • Purple potatoes – can you let them grow over the winter?
  • Lemon tree. How to propagate….seed or...

Dec 1, 2019

Poisons, spines and secondary metabolites….plants have numerous ways of ensuring they are protected and dispersed. I sit down with botanist Jonathon Holguin and we discuss some of our favorite ways plants protect/disperse themselves. Why does Stevia taste sweet, what are the compounds in stinging nettle and what...

Nov 24, 2019

This is a review show of what worked and didn’t work in my vegetable garden this summer. I go over both the varieties of plant and techniques I used with a critical perspective.

  • Tomatoes. Florida weave versus cages. My pruning process in the future. Straw as weed block. Success of varieties including Sungold, Black...