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Flower Power Garden Hour

Dec 23, 2021

Have you ever wondered why during the holidays we bring mistletoe inside?  What were some of the plants brought inside during Victorian times?  In this episode, I talk to horticulturist Matt Mattus about the history of holiday plants and how to care for them.  Matt has been gardening since the age of 9 on his family’s...

Dec 18, 2021

This is a listener Q&A episode.  Questions cover topics including:

  • Cactus – how to remove new growth
  • Fuyu persimmons --  this year’s crop has seeds in the fruit, and in years past has not.  Ideas why?
  • Plumeria – should it stay outside or bring inside during the cold weather
  • Poinsettias – they are not turning...

Dec 11, 2021

In this episode, I discuss December garden To-Do tasks.  Winter is in full swing, and lots to do.

  • Pest mitigation – aphids, cabbage looper, nematodes
  • Plant bulbs
  • Plant vegetables -- asparagus, bok choy, kale, loose leaf lettuce, mustard, radishes
  • Move succulents out of potential rain
  • Smother weeds
  • Plant...

Nov 28, 2021

Orchid grower Shawn Shumaker breaks down all the do’s and dont’s to successfully grow orchids inside your home… including the number one tip to get yours to rebloom. Plus -- is the ice cube watering method good or bad, what planting media should you use and what should be done to control pests. If you are looking...

Nov 13, 2021

Listener Q&A episode.  Topics include:

  • New growth on cactus – should it be removed, and if so…how?
  • Hydrangeas – when to cut and how
  • Lemons – why are they cracking?
  • Musa basjoo – recommendations for transitioning into fall/winter
  • Maple tree – recommendations to improve growing conditions

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