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Growing Joy with Plants - Wellness Rooted in Nature

255 EpisodesProduced by Maria Failla- Happy Plant Lady and Author of Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating HappinessWebsite

Looking for free, natural ways to decrease stress and increase joy and calm in your life? The answer might be simpler than you think: houseplants, gardening and nature. On the Growing Joy with Plants Podcast, learn alongside Happy Plant Lady, Maria Failla to care for plants, engage with nature, and … read more

255 Episodes | 2017 - 2024


February 22nd, 2024


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How to Repot Houseplants

February 27th, 2024


Do you know that repotting and potting up mean different things? As our houseplants grow happily under our care, eventually they will outgrow their current pots. Determining whether your plant needs to simply have its …

Indoor Plant Projects for Stress Relief

February 20th, 2024


Do you feel a little sad or bored being stuck inside this winter (at least those in the northern hemisphere)? I hope the winter months haven’t got you down too much because I know we’re all feeling a bit cooped up …

Everything You Need to Know About Ficus Care

February 13th, 2024


I am completely obsessed with ficus! Over the last few months, I've been slowly collecting different ficus varieties and learning how to help them …

Cultivating Intuition with Nature

February 6th, 2024


How can we use plants to connect with intuitive energy? If you're anything like me, simply being around plants makes you feel happier, calmer, and more like your true self. I've always felt plants have some extra …

Humidity and Houseplants

January 30th, 2024


Do I really need a humidifier? Why do my plants get crispy leaves when I crank the heat? When it comes to houseplant care, humidity is right up there with water and light as one of the most important factors. I’ve spent …

Top 5 Seed Starting Mistakes with Joe Gardener

January 23rd, 2024


It’s almost that glorious time of year again...seed starting season! I don’t know about you, but this is hands-down one of my favorite times in the garden. There’s just something touching about growing those tiny pieces …

Attract Pollinators with a Tiny Meadow in Your Yard

January 16th, 2024


When I think of the word “meadow,” I imagine a glorious landscape filled with grasses and wildflowers swaying in the breeze. While beautiful, these …

Everything You Need to Know about Alocasia

January 9th, 2024


If there is one genus of plants that has captured my imagination for years but repeatedly evaded me, it’s Alocasia. These tropical plants with their large, alien-esque leaves and jewel-toned undersides have long …

2024 Goals for My Houseplants and Garden

January 2nd, 2024


Happy New Year, plant friends! And you know what that means—time for some serious reflection about the previous year and thinking about how we want to step into 2024! I'm all about assessing what worked and what didn't …

I killed a bunch of plants this year, here's what happened: How to Do a Plant Audit

December 26th, 2023


Happy almost New Year, plant friends! For my last episode of 2023, I wanted to get a little reflective about the joy and growing parts of “Growing Joy.” This year, I bravely held a funeral for many of my houseplants …

Being Organic Before Organic Was Cool: The Story of Espoma Organic

December 19th, 2023


I still clearly remember the first time I used an Espoma product—their liquid indoor plant food to be exact. I had struggled so much with trying to …

4 Things You Need to Know about Winter and Houseplants

December 12th, 2023


The winter can be challenging for indoor tropical houseplants that thrive in hot, humid environments. While our houseplants do not experience the true dormancy of outdoor deciduous plants (plants that drop all their …

9 Jobs in Horticulture

December 5th, 2023


Have you ever wondered, “Could working with plants really be my full-time job?” Well, dear plant friend, the answer is a resounding yes! There is a …

How Much Lights Do My Houseplants Need?

November 28th, 2023


Do you ever look around your home and wonder if your houseplants are getting enough light to thrive? Without the right amount and type of light, even the most pampered plant will struggle to survive. Yet many of us wing …

5 Houseplant Crafts that Make Amazing DIY Holiday Gifts

November 21st, 2023


The holiday season is officially here! As much as I love this festive time of year, gift-giving can be stressful for me. I always struggle to find …

How to Put Your Garden to Bed for Winter

November 14th, 2023


The peak gardening season may be over, but there are still important tasks to do in the garden before winter arrives. As we enter fall and approach winter, it's time to start prepping our garden beds to go dormant. …

How to Grow Citrus Indoors

November 7th, 2023


Have you ever wandered through the citrus section of a nursery, inhaling the sweet scent of Meyer lemons and key limes, and thought “Oh my, I want …

Plant Magic: How to Be a Green Witch

October 24th, 2023


Do you ever wish you could invite a little more magic into your life? As fall approaches and the spooky season of Halloween is upon us, many of us …

DIY Houseplant First Aid Kit

October 17th, 2023


Caring for houseplants often means dealing with pests, diseases, or cultural issues at some point. Having a houseplant first aid kit prepared allows …

Rooted in Generosity: Inspiring Harmony Through Wind Chimes and Why You Need Them in Your Garden

October 10th, 2023


Wouldn't it be nice to wake up every morning to the hypnotic sound of wind chimes gently drifting through your bedroom window, plant friends? The …

The History of Italian Gardens and Italian Citrus

October 3rd, 2023


Ever heard the saying, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"? You bet those lemons might have come from an Italian garden, plant friends! To celebrate Italian American Heritage Month, this episode brings us all …

Houseplant Styling Tips, How to Be A Professional Houseplant Stylist and All Things Maryah Greene

September 26th, 2023


If you love styling your indoor plants and have an eye for design, becoming a professional plant stylist may be the perfect side hustle or full-time …

How to Identify Houseplant Disease

September 18th, 2023


Is your houseplant suddenly dropping leaves, getting spots, or just looking sick? Plant diseases can strike fear into any plant parent's heart. One day your plant baby is thriving, and the next it's on the decline! …

How to Bring Your Plants Indoors for the Winter

September 12th, 2023


The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, how do our plants adjust to this change? For us houseplant parents, this signals that it's time to start transitioning our outdoor summer plants back …

How to Can and Ferment Vegetables and Fruits from Your Garden

September 5th, 2023


When you grow an edible garden, you likely end up with a surplus of fresh produce at the peak of each growing season. Rather than letting those precious veggies and fruits go to waste, consider preserving them through …

How to Forage for Healing Plants in Your Backyard

August 22nd, 2023


For most of us, the plants growing in our backyards and neighborhoods go overlooked. We mow them down or walk right over them without a second glance. But did you know many of these plants have been used medicinally for …

Common Houseplant Pest Identification and How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats, Spidermites, Scale, White Flies and Mealybugs: Grow Better with Leslie

August 15th, 2023


As houseplant parents, most of us will inevitably encounter some type of pest infestation at some point. Seemingly overnight, our beautiful, thriving …

Check Out the Old Fashioned On Purpose Podcast

August 10th, 2023


I hope you LOVED this weeks episode on How to Grow Garlic with Jill Winger!

Jill was an amazing and has an incredible podcast of her own all about homesteading and slow living called Old Fashioned On Purpose

I wanted to …

How to Grow Garlic

August 8th, 2023


Garlic is a staple in so many savory dishes, but if you've only ever cooked with the sad grocery store bulbs, it's time to see garlic's true …

How They Built a Million Dollar Company: Plantrepreneur Profile with Soltech

August 1st, 2023


Soltech has achieved remarkable success in recent years, growing from a small startup to a million-dollar business. For long-time listeners, you …

The Power of a Therapeutic Garden to Help Us Feel Better

July 25th, 2023


Gardening has long been known for its therapeutic advantages and as a place of calm and peace in the middle of a hectic schedule. Garden therapy can …

Overwatered vs Underwatered Plants, How Much Light Do Indoor Plants Need and More Common Houseplant Problems: Grow Better with Leslie

July 18th, 2023


Do your plants get enough water and light? These questions are typically asked, and the answer is often "It depends." But this answer is more …

Homesteading for Beginners with Michelle Bruhn and Stephanie Thurow

July 11th, 2023


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a homesteader? A growing number of people are turning to self-sufficiency and sustainability in their way of living. However, homesteading can seem intimidating, especially …

The History of Flowers with Noel Kingsbury

July 4th, 2023


Flowers have totally mesmerized people for ages with their awesome colors, shapes, and smells. We're totally obsessed with them, and they've been a …

War Gardens, Victory Gardens or Pandemic Gardens: The History Behind Why People Grow Plants in Hard Times

June 27th, 2023


Gardening is already a popular hobby, but the pandemic has revived an interest in growing plants. Many of us plant parents turned to gardening to …

How to Overcome Burnout Through The Healing Power of Nature

June 20th, 2023


How do you handle burnout? We have all asked that question at some point because modern society has a lot of demands, and it's become too easy to …

The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors

June 13th, 2023


Do you want to learn how to grow mushrooms at home? In the third episode of our Mushroom Mini-series, Billy and I share how you can enjoy the process of growing mushrooms indoors. Our relationship as co-hosts, and more …

Check out the Bad Seeds Podcast!

June 8th, 2023


Introducing the Bad Seeds Podcast, by our dear friend, Summer Rayne Oakes!

Bad Seeds is a new podcast from School of Humans and iHeart Podcasts that …

How to Stop Killing Succulents: Succulent Care and Propagation Guide

June 6th, 2023


Succulents are beautiful, low-maintenance plants that are perfect for us busy plant parents. They're also total badasses. However, they can be quite …

The Power of Therapeutic Horticulture

May 30th, 2023


Have you ever thought about the healing power of plants beyond just their aesthetic appeal? As plant parents, we know how much fun it is to take care …

Companion Planting Basics with the Garden Managers of The Lodge at Woodloch

May 23rd, 2023


Did you know that plants can also be friends? If you’ve followed me on Instagram this year, you will know about the love affair I am having at The …

Mini Episode: 5 Ways to Use Scented Plants to Reduce Stress and Increase Joy

May 19th, 2023


Plant friends, we are changing things up. We're taking a detour from our typical long-form content to introduce a new format — mini-episodes — taken from our rich conversations. These episodes are meant to be your …

The Art of Aromatic Gardening with Amy of NYC Aromatica

May 16th, 2023


Do you love the smell of fresh flowers or the aroma that wafts through your home as you cook with herbs? Smell might not be the first thing we think …

Check out the Decorating Tips and Tricks Podcast!

May 11th, 2023


Did you love this weeks episode with Kelly from Decorating Tips and Tricks on Interior Design Trends for your Garden? If so, listen to her trailer, and go check out the Decorating Tips and Tricks Podcast and subscribe!

9 Interior Design Tips to Apply to Your Garden

May 9th, 2023


Interior design principles are not limited to our indoor spaces! For us plant parents, interior design and gardening may initially appear as separate domains, but there are numerous similarities between the two—so much …

The History of Houseplants with Jane Perrone

May 2nd, 2023


Where did our houseplants come from and what’s the history behind them? From Babylonian gardens to the healing power of herbs, houseplants have been …

Grow Your Own Salad: How to Grow Lettuce from Seed to Harvest

April 18th, 2023


Did you know that the freshest and most delicious lettuce comes from growing them yourself? At home, Billy and I haven't bought a plastic box of lettuce in months and enjoy fresh salad almost daily! We've been growing …

The Mushroom Miniseries: How to Grow Functional Mushrooms in Your Garden

April 11th, 2023


What if you could grow functional mushrooms next to your tomato plants? In this episode 2 of the Mushroom Miniseries, Billy and I continue our …

Spring Houseplant Care

April 4th, 2023


Are you ready to give your house plants the love and care they deserve this spring? It's that time of year again where we shed our winter blues and embrace the sunshine and fresh air of a new season. And what better way …

Top Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in your 2023 Garden with Joe Lamp'l

March 28th, 2023


Are you ready to take your gardening skills to the next level and avoid common pitfalls? Spring is finally here, and it's time to get ready for gardening season! But before you start planting, it's important to know …

Minimalism and Plants with Stephanie of Sustainable Minimalist

March 21st, 2023


As plant parents, we love our green babies, but sometimes we can get carried away with our collections. With life returning to normal, we might feel …

Living Soil, Planttok and Creativity Through Plants with Dirty Roots Berlin

March 14th, 2023


Have you ever wondered about the fascinating world of soil biology and the joy of creativity through plants? In this episode, we're joined by Adam …

The Mushroom Miniseries: Mushrooms 101 Plus the Answer to "What is the Mushroom Growing in My Houseplant!"

March 7th, 2023


Are you ready to dive into the magical world of mushrooms? We're excited to introduce the Mushroom Miniseries, our four-part exploration into the incredible, functional world of mushrooms. From learning about their …

The Evolution of Plant Parenthood with Adam, Becca and Nicole from Potted Together

February 28th, 2023


Are you always seeking out new plant friends to swap plant care tips and experiences with? This episode is perfect for new plant parents looking to learn from experienced plant lovers or anyone who wants to be part of a …

Landscaping in the Southwest with Tina from The Desert Botanical Garden

February 21st, 2023


Many of us might think of deserts as barren wastelands, but in reality, the desert is a planty oasis within itself! There are towering saguaros, …

How Seeds are Produced: Behind the Scenes of How Our Seeds are Selected, Grown, Tested and Multiplied with Territorial Seed Company

February 14th, 2023


How are seeds produced, manufactured, and make it to our gardens? Every gardener knows the joy of going through seed catalogs and visiting garden centers to select the perfect mix of herbs, vegetables, and flowers to …

Can Plants Feel? Unmasking Plant Intelligence with Paco Calvo and Natalie Lawrence

February 7th, 2023


Have you ever wondered if plants have intelligence and emotions in the same way that humans do? Plant intelligence is a topic that has been gaining more attention in recent years. The idea that plants are not just …

Seed Starting Basics with Joe Lamp'l

January 24th, 2023


Seed starting is such a joyful and empowering experience for any plant parent. The reward of successfully taking a dormant seed, germinating it and …

Caudex Plant Care with Plant Daddy Pod

January 17th, 2023


Are you ready to add some unique, eye-catching beauty to your plant collection? Meet the caudex plant—also known as the foot, Stephania erecta, or …

What to Do When a Plant Dies with Cassidy from Succulents and Sunshine

January 10th, 2023


Are you a plant killer? It's a question that plagues many of us who have tried our hand at gardening, only to have our beloved plants wilt and die despite our best efforts. But fear not! In this episode, Cassidy Tuttle …

Growing Joy with Plants Podcast Trailer

January 5th, 2023


The answer to a happier, more connected life could be simpler than you think: learning to care for plants and connect with nature. Houseplants and …

We changed our name! Bloom & Grow Radio is now Growing Joy with Maria!

January 3rd, 2023


We changed our name! Bloom & Grow Radio is now Growing Joy with Maria! This is just a mini episode reminding you that this week you’ll see our name and podcast art change. But don’t worry: it's the same Maria, same …

We’re Growing: How Embracing Life and Mental Health Challenges Can Positively Affect a Business with Callie, my Business Coach

December 27th, 2022


I have been hard at work over the past years to grow my business and bring you better content and experience. We want to thank you for being a part of our journey and sharing your love for plants with us. This 2023, we …

How to Prep Your Houseplants for Winter

December 20th, 2022


How do you prep your houseplants for winter? Winter is coming, and for some of you plant friends, it’s already here! Plant parents tend to fear winter, but as long as you understand the changes your plants are …

Grow Your Own Tea: Intro to Herbalism with Juliet of Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

December 13th, 2022


How can we use plants medicinally in our lives? Plants heal us in more ways than one, and one of the less-known practices is herbalism. Most of the plants and herbs we use today were used for medicinal purposes in …

How to Adjust to Moving to a Different Garden Zone with Mama Failla

November 29th, 2022


How do you tackle a different garden zone than what you’re used to? Moving can be a tremendous and significant change in our lives, with so much excitement and opportunities awaiting us in new places. However, for …

How To Keep Your Plants Alive While On Vacation

November 15th, 2022


Are you worried about leaving your plants at home this holiday season? When I was constantly on the road for shows as a musical theater performer, I …

Everyday Plant Magic with Rachael of Infinite Succulent

November 1st, 2022


Do you believe in magic? When we were kids, it was so easy—almost natural—for us to believe in magic. There was a certain charm to casting spells, making potions, or even wishing on a random star on a starry night. For …

Plant Care for Earth Care with Farmer Nick

October 18th, 2022


How can our plant hobby make this world a better place? For me, learning to care for plants was the gateway drug for becoming more aware of how much growth opportunity I had when it came to caring for the earth. I've …

Heart Centered Gardening with Danielle LaPorte

October 4th, 2022


Taking care of plants is putting our love into practice. Even if it’s not something we actively think about or do, this hobby of ours revolves around …

3 Easy DIY Houseplant Projects to Utilize Vertical Space

September 20th, 2022


Are you running out of space for your plants? Growing your plant collection can be quite the challenge when all your countertops, tablespace and even …

Fall Gardening Tips with Joe Lamp'l

September 6th, 2022


Did you know that fall is secretly one of the most wonderful gardening seasons? As we move into fall and the air starts feeling colder, you might be …

Self-Care Through Plant Care

August 23rd, 2022


Plant care is self-care. We hear this phrase a lot these days and I just wrote a book entirely dedicated to this topic. If you are a plant parent, no matter what stage you are in, you know that this hobby is so much …

What is Transpiration and Why is it Important for Our Plants? // Knowledge Nugget #6

August 16th, 2022


As we are in the hottest month of the year for us northern hemisphere folk, I thought it was just fitting to share this little nugget of knowledge …

Houseplants that Bloom

August 9th, 2022


Houseplants are celebrated for their amazing foliage, but I think we overlook an another amazing ability, a specific subcategory our favorite indoor …

Intro to Essential Oils with Chris Satch

July 26th, 2022


Plant friends, you probably know my brain broke a little bit last year when Dr Elle Barnes explained plant science and how the smells we know and …

How Often Should I Change My Propagation Vessel Water? // Knowledge Nugget #5

July 18th, 2022


As plant parents, I'm sure you can agree with me when I say that propagation water situations can bring about SO many questions: Does it need to be changed? Why is it cloudy? Can I just leave it and reuse it? That is …

Engage Your Senses with Plants at the NYBG

July 12th, 2022


When I started researching the plant/person connection for my book, Growing Joy, something that surprised me was how limited my view of the …

How Our Community Grows Joy

June 28th, 2022


Plant friends, the most awaited day is here: it's Growing Joy's Pub Day! To celebrate Growing Joy hitting the bookstores and to give thanks to the …

NYC Plant Swap this Tuesday 6/28!!!

June 26th, 2022


Join my Plant Swap & Book Launch Party at Greenery Unlimited!

Tuesday 6/28 June 28th

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7-8 Plant Swap

8-9 Cocktails by JuneShine and a book signing!

It's totally free, just RSVP here

Order my …

Cultivating Curiosity with Plants with Tyler Thrasher

June 21st, 2022


Plant friends, we are diving deep about how and why plants are such a fantastic tool for cultivating curiosity. Beyond making my home look beautiful, …

LIVE NY & Philly Events PLUS an AMAZING Giveaway!

June 15th, 2022


Lots of free online and IRL events happening in the world of Bloom & Grow!

The Cultivating Happiness Giveaway happening on IG through June 16th

Does Isolating Plants and Castile Soap Actually Work? // Knowledge Nugget #4

June 14th, 2022


There is so much confusion on the internet and so many different contrasting practices around how to treat fungus gnats and what to do with a plant …

How to Make Terrariums, Paludariums and Vivariums

June 7th, 2022


Terrariums have played a huge role in my plant collection and life. I recently created a good luck terrarium to bring into the recording studio to …

Popular and Unique Aroids to Try this Summer with Enid of NSE Tropicals

May 17th, 2022


Aroids have always been fascinating, with their different leaf shapes, structures, and texture, it's no surprise that this set of plants is only …

Preserving Asian Heritage Through Seeds and Stories

May 3rd, 2022


Seeds do not only provide us with food to eat, but they represent the future and also allow us to reflect on our history. They are heirlooms, a connection to our ancestors and their stories. In this episode, on …

Beginner's Guide to Greenhouses

April 19th, 2022


I feel like there comes a time in every plant parent's life when we start to get really curious and excited about having a dedicated space for all of our plants. If you are an outdoor gardener, the promise of a …

I Want to Hear YOUR Story: Join the #GrowingJoyChallenge

April 17th, 2022


Plant friends, in celebration of the launch of my new book, Growing Joy: The Plant Lover's Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants), which is …

What is Seed Scarification? // Knowledge Nugget #3

April 12th, 2022


Growing your own plants from seeds is one of the most gratifying experiences in the garden. Watching a tiny seed become a full-grown plant just gives …

Bulb Basics with Jenks Farmer

April 5th, 2022


They produce some of the most desirable flowers we know and love, but a bulb can be very confusing to an amateur gardener. We look at this little …

Limey's Grand Adventure // Flying My Lime Tree to Florida

March 29th, 2022


This might be the CRAZIEST thing I’ve done with my plants but this has also been such an extraordinary experience as I fly our lime tree, Limey, from New York to Florida! I am so excited to share the experience with you …

How to Start a Product Based Planty Business plus a big announcement with Samantha from Hemleva

March 22nd, 2022


Plant friends, this has been in the works for almost two years and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you! Two YEARS of quietly working on a very special project with our guest, and not being able to …

Rubber Plant Care Guide and Frequently Asked Questions with Raffaele from Ohio Tropics

March 8th, 2022


Rubber plants don't get enough credit in the tropical plant world. These humble plants are always available at the garden center but tend to get overlooked for some of our sexier Instagram-worthy plants. In this …

Do plants see brightness? What is PAR? // Knowledge Nugget #2

March 1st, 2022


Has the concept of “bright indirect light” ever confused you? Or how to measure your light in your home in general? Or how to figure out when you need to supplement with grow lights, and if you get grow lights, how to …

How to Care for Carnivorous Plants Indoors

February 22nd, 2022


We’ve likely all had some sort of run-in with a carnivorous plant: maybe bringing one of those little venus flytraps at the hardware store home to realize you had no idea how to care for it, maybe marveling at the wide …

New Mini-Series: Knowledge Nuggets! What is a Peperomia Inflorescence? Ep 1

February 15th, 2022


Welcome to a new mini-series for Bloom & Grow Radio: Knowledge Nuggets. They will be 5-10 minute episodes that show up once a month, in addition …

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Black People in Horticulture with Colah from Black int he Garden

February 8th, 2022


It's been such a joy having fellow podcasters join me in the pod as they never disappoint and have such wonderful insights about plant parenthood and …

Interior Design Trends and Houseplants with Betsy from Affordable Interior Design

January 25th, 2022


Houseplants and interior design: you’d think these two passions would go together like two peas in a pod, but they can sometimes be at war with each …

Streamlining and Simplifying Houseplant Care / Checking in with guys from the Plant Daddy Pod

January 11th, 2022


Happy New Year, plant friends! I hope you had great holidays and like me, are looking forward to a fresh start in 2022. In the first episode of …

Bonus episode: Plant Inspired Meditation for the Start of 2022

January 6th, 2022


Hi Plant Friends, our official first episode of Season 7 of BAGR starts next week with the return of the guys from the Plant Daddy Podcast for a great talk about streamlining houseplant care in 2022, but since it’s the …

Finding Joy through Plants in a Season of Transition: Reflecting on 2021

December 28th, 2021


When I think back on this last year, transition is the word that comes to mind. We are literally transitioning into a new year, but I'm sure everyone went through some form of transition this year: a new home, family …

Wedding Flower Crash Course for To Be Weds / My Botanically Inspired Wedding Series

December 14th, 2021


There is so much power in flowers, plant friends. A flower is so much more than a bloom, but an expression, a connection to something deeper. Whatever our known or unknown bias for blooms is, flowers are little joy …

26 Ways to Incorporate Plants Into Your Wedding / My Botanically Inspired Wedding Series

December 7th, 2021


From the moment I got engaged, and frankly, even before that, I knew that I wanted to have the plantiest wedding possible! My plants are a huge part of me and I wanted to incorporate that aspect into our wedding. I …

3 Plant Inspired DIY Wedding Ideas that Live On After the Big Day Uploaded

November 30th, 2021


Plant friends, I am so excited to finally bring you this planty wedding series, after almost two years of waiting! This month, I’m bringing you the Botanically Inspired Wedding Series on Bloom and Grow Radio, where we …

Snake Plants 101 with Chris Satch

November 16th, 2021


Snake plants are completely underrated. These “low light-tolerant” plants are often thrown into dark corners, dusty offices, and bathrooms with no …

Plantrepreneurship, Plant Styling and Planty Tiktok with Reagan Kastner

November 9th, 2021


Plantrepreneurship, or entrepreneurship in the plant space, feels like it’s at an all-time high these days. With the massive shifts our society has gone through, people are feeling more drawn to plants and so many …

I've waited almost a year to tell you this: Why I created the Bloom & Grow Garden Society

November 3rd, 2021


This special mini episode of the podcast is just a little one on one with you and me: where I’m going to peel back the curtain and give you the inside scoop on why I created the Garden Society and how you, my community …

Planty Fake News/ 3 Plant Care Myths Busted with Leslie Halleck

November 2nd, 2021


Whether you've been around the block of plant parenthood a few times or you're just beginning your journey, you’ve likely seen some version of what I like to call "planty fake news" or plant care myths: allegedly

Maria's Favorite Things 2021

October 29th, 2021


I'm so excited to geek out on my favorite planty products with you, plant friends! The holiday season is just around the corner, and what perfect way …

Aquatic Plants and Planted Aquariums 101

October 19th, 2021


I admit it, plant friends; I was totally unaware of a total subsect of the plant community: the planted aquarium world. There is a whole corner of …

Lessons from Plants for 2021

October 5th, 2021


Plant friends, I've been sharing with you my overwhelm, burnout, and general processing of everything that's happening in our world right now. It’s been so nice to connect with so many of you who share similar feelings. …

Designing and Revitalizing a Garden in a New Home

September 21st, 2021


2020 had us all looking at our homes and asking ourselves if our current lifestyles were truly working for us or if it was time for a change. Billy …

Plant Parent Confessions with Members of the Garden Party Platform

September 7th, 2021


Honestly, I've been feeling so overwhelmed and uninterested in curating my thoughts and feelings about plants and plant parenthood. It’s been a hell of a year and although I’m all about keeping it positive, I’m also all …

Culinary Medicine from Our Gardens

August 24th, 2021


Not only is growing your own food a fabulous hobby and a way to reconnect with the food chain, the earth, and yourself, it’s also a way to serve our …

Plant Care Routines: The Plant Friend Hang Series

August 10th, 2021


Plant Routines: the crucial part of every plant parent's plant care practice that ensures that our plants (and our minds) are happy and healthy. Going from plant killer to plant lady, I found that I became as attached …

How to Root Bare Nodes or "Wet Sticks"

July 27th, 2021


The first time I heard about wet stick propagation, I had no idea it even existed! That's why when I got an offer from a listener, Joey (@joey_de_la_plants), for a variegated Monstera 'Albo' wetstick (and I knew I …

Flower Power: How to Grow Cut Flowers All Season Long (for Beginners)

July 13th, 2021


When I first got into gardening, I got very fixated on the food I could grow for myself, but what I’m realizing is growing flowers can be as …

The Studies Behind the Plant/Person Connection with Dr Sue Stuart-Smith

June 29th, 2021


#plantsmakepeoplehappy, this hashtag has almost 8 million posts so far and there’s a reason for it. It’s just true. Plants, nature, and the act of witnessing life itself make people happy, more connected, and more …

I did something exciting! Welcome to the Bloom and Grow Garden Party Community Platform & App!!!!!!

June 28th, 2021


In this mini episode, I share the why behind the creation of the Garden Party Community Platform & App and give you all the details of what’s inside!

Become a Founding Plant Friend of the Garden Party (Offer expires …

In-Ground Gardening Basics with My New Plant Friend, Melody

June 15th, 2021


This isn't a story about gardening, plant friends. This is an episode on plant friendship. Melody is a local gardener who lives 15 minutes from me and has one of the most unbelievable gardens I’ve ever seen! Her …

Palm Care 101 with Chris Satch

June 1st, 2021


When I look at a large gorgeous palm, outside or indoors, I immediately get tropical vibes from their huge leaves, the way they sway in the wind, and the way the leaves cascade over their delicate stems. They just have …

4 "Plant Care Hacks" I No Longer Do and Other Shifts in My Plant Care Practice

May 18th, 2021


Plant friends, I’ve been fortunate enough to take a lot of deeper dives in the science of plant care since quarantine happened and my outlook on plant care and the hobby of keeping plants has dramatically shifted in the …

How to Manage Deer, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Moles, Voles and Other Animals in Your Garden with Brie The Plant Lady

May 11th, 2021


When I polled our listener community about your top requests for outdoor garden-related episodes, the number one request surprised me: it wasn’t …

Plants and Pets: What You Need to Know // Pet Proof Your Plants

May 4th, 2021


Did you know that some of our favorite houseplants are actually toxic to pets? I was able to interview Anastasia from Leaf & Paw about Pets and Plants and how to be both a pet parent and a plant parent. Anastasia …

Plant Trend Alert: Tiny Plants with Leslie Halleck

April 20th, 2021


New Trend Alert! Tiny Plants are the curious collector's dream, and an awesome option for plant parents who are working with limited space OR are …

Designing and Planning my Garden // Coaching with Nicole of Gardenary

April 13th, 2021


I think we all know that there are a lot of lessons to be learned in the garden and that's twofold: literally how to garden and how to grow food, …

Intro to Bonsai

April 6th, 2021


Do any of you remember that store in the mall that sold mini bonsai trees and meditative water features? I was pretty obsessed with them as a kid and …

Understanding Hardiness Zones, Frost Dates and Microclimates in the Garden, #118

March 23rd, 2021


I’ve always known that Hardiness Zones and Frost Dates are important to planning your outdoor garden… but plant friend, I’ve never quite understood what they were or why they were so important. I’ve gotten as far as …

Alocasia Care with Enid from NSE Tropicals

March 9th, 2021


Of all the plants I’m feeling drawn to these days, Alocasia are at the top of my list. I feel like their weird, semi heart shaped, semi ovular shaped …

Houseplant Identification Basics with The Crazy Botanist

February 23rd, 2021


So we’ve all been in a garden center and picked up a plant, or had a friend give us a cutting and look at the plant in our hands and think “ummm what is this thing?” Today’s episode is all about learning some basic …

Anthurium Care with Enid from NSE Tropicals

February 9th, 2021


When I think Jungle Vibes, anthuriums always come to mind. Their large leaves, mesmerizing vein patterns in the leaves, long slim stems and gorgeous flowers have such a prehistoric look to them. There is so much more to …

Seed Starting 101 with Joe Lamp'l, #114

January 26th, 2021


So many of us got bitten by the outdoor gardening bug last year and learned there is no better way to connect with the food we eat.. then by growing it. My passion for growing edible plants has grown, like my space has. …

Plants & the Home Office: Why and How to Green Up Your Work From Home Office Space // #plantywfh, ep 113

January 19th, 2021


So we have said goodbye to 2020 and all of the insanity that came with it, but there is something we haven’t said goodbye to: working from home. Many companies have pledged to work from home well into 2021, leaving us …

Humidity Deep Dive and Winter Plant Care with the Plant Daddy Podcast Daddies, #112

January 12th, 2021


One of the biggest questions I’ve gotten from our community is how to understand humidity and watering better. As we are in the depths of winter, humidity is a big topic and focus in our plant care routines, and you are …

Trailer: Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast

January 11th, 2021


Learn to care for plants successfully and cultivate more joy in your life with episodes of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast.

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The Art of the Plant Pause and Managing Plant Parent Overwhelm

December 29th, 2020


What a year it’s been. I’m thankful 2020 is coming to a close and excited for 2021, I think a silver lining 2020 has given us is truly understanding …

Low Waste Plant Parenthood with @farmernicknyc

December 15th, 2020


One of the major things that plants do is help connect us with nature. I think as plant parents, once we use plants to reconnect with ourselves and …

Episode 109: Passive Hydroponics 2.0 and the LECA VS PON Debate

December 8th, 2020


I’m so excited to welcome back Kay from @inrootedlove for a next level conversation on the soil free Semi Hydroponic or Passive Hydroponic Lifestyle. You might remember Kay from episode 77 an Intro to Semi or Passive …

How to Use Plants to Create Restorative Environments, #108

November 24th, 2020


I recently took Intro to Horticultural Therapy at NYBG and Anne Meore, my teacher, joins me today to discuss the biggest lessons learned in class, …

How to Care For a Large Urban Jungle with @cyrilcybernated, @soulsistaplants and @welcometothejunglehome

November 10th, 2020


Boy of boy am I excited about this EPICly planty conversation. This episode is inspired largely by the responses in the BAGR 2020 Listener Survey I’ve been combing through. Many of us in the community are loving …

Hoya Care Basics and Best Hoyas for Your Lifestyle with Doug from Vermont Hoya

October 27th, 2020


Plant friends, I’m so excited to finally bring this highly request episode to your earbuds! I have to be honest, for the first 3 years I really …

How Plants Communicate Through VOCs and the "Wood Wide Web" with Dr Elle Barnes from NYBG

October 13th, 2020


Today we invite Dr Elle Barnes back to the show after our very successful conversation after I took Intro to Plant Science with her at NYBG. Elle is …

Indoor Plant Projects for Kids with MrDTimes3

September 29th, 2020


"You can't reach the brain till you go through the heart" - Joe Dombrowski

I'm thrilled to welcome back Joe Dombrowski (@mrDtimes3) to the show after …

How to Water Your Plants with Chris Satch

September 15th, 2020


So thrilled to welcome Chris Satch back to the show for an UNBELIEVABLE, comprehensive conversation on all things WATERING! We cover everything from top watering, bottom watering, troubleshooting, how to identify root …

Episode 102: Garden to Table! Herb Inspired Recipes

September 1st, 2020


The 2020 Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Survey is live!- Please take 5 minutes to take this survey and be a part of the future of Bloom and Grow Radio and Media! I did this survey 2 years ago and it was INSTRUMENTAL in …

Styling with Plants with Danae from Folia Collective

August 18th, 2020


Take the Bloom and Grow Radio 2020 Listener Survey! 

It’s always a pleasure to have my #plantfriendIRL Danae from Folia Collective back on the show. …

100: 10 Planty Lessons Learned from 100 Episodes

August 11th, 2020


Plant Friends WELCOME to the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio. Wow, I can’t believe we are here. 100 episodes over 3 years, when I really thought we might not get past episode 10. I’m humbled, proud and incredibly …

Episode 99: How to Care for Ferns

August 4th, 2020


So thrilled to welcome back Lisa from the Houseplant Guru for an EXTENSIVE chat about the wonderful world of ferns. We discuss why and how they are …

Want to be Featured on the 100th Episode of BAGR! Tell me your favorite episode or lesson learned! (Instructions inside)

July 31st, 2020


Hi Plant Friends!

I cant believe the 100th episode of Bloom and Grow Radio is around the corner! Many of you have been around since episode 1, and I'm so honored to have learned alongside you in this three year journey!

Pruning Back to Inspire Growth: Thoughts on Transition

July 29th, 2020


Plant friends: big announcement, WE’VE MOVED. I’ve been returning to the concept of pruning as I go through many unforeseen changes in life these days, the biggest being that Billy and I have moved out of our tiny NYC …

Episode 97: Aha Moments from "Intro to Plant Science" with Dr Elle Barnes

July 21st, 2020


I am SO very excited to welcome Dr Elle Barnes, my teacher for my Intro to Plant Science with NYBG. HOLY MOLY this episode was so fun to record. I took the Intro to Plant Science Course with the NYBG virtually via Zoom …

Episode 96: Common Garden Pests with Nadia from Urban Farm Sista and Agricademy

July 7th, 2020


I’m thrilled to welcome Nadia of Urban Farm Sista to the show today to discuss garden pests and her mission with the Agricademy. Nadia is the plant lady behind several amazing businesses and planty projects including …

95: Understanding Drainage and the Perched Water Table

June 23rd, 2020


I’m  so thrilled to invite my Soil Science teacher Dr. Anna Paltseva to join us today for a nerdy conversation about soil science and drainage. I took her Soil Science 101 class virtually with the NYBG this year and …

Episode 94: Growing Together

June 10th, 2020


On the heels of the #amplifymelanatedvoices initiative, we take pause to reflect on the national and international conversation happening around the Black Lives Matter movement. We hear excerpts from two episodes with …

93: The Wild World of Plant-Tube! (a Plant-tuber/Podcast Collaboration)

May 26th, 2020


So thrilled to be welcoming Becca de la Plants and  SO MANY of our favorite plant-tubers to the show today on an epic cross media collaboration! I …

92: Begonias: Care, History and more!

May 12th, 2020


Today we welcome back Marc Hachadourian from the New York Botanical Garden to the show! You might remember Marc from Episode 50: Maranta, Calathea and Stromanthe 101 where he gave so many amazing tips and tricks for …

Ep 91: 10 Tips for Edible Landscaping and Beginning Gardeners with My Mom!

May 6th, 2020


So excited to welcome my MOM back to Bloom and Grow Radio today! It feels very fitting to have her joining us so close to Mother's Day! You might remember her from Episode 20: Talking Tomatoes when she gave us her …

Episode 90: Jane Perrone of On the Ledge

April 28th, 2020


I’m so excited to finally welcome Jane Perrone of On the Ledge Podcast to the show. Jane and I have both been podcasting for almost three years now and, if we do say so ourselves, are the OG houseplant centered podcast …

Fundamentals of Vegetable Gardening

April 14th, 2020


So excited to welcome Toby Adams, the Director of the Edible Academy for the New York Botanical Garden onto the show to talk all things vegetable gardening!

The NYBG Edible Academy is a state-of-the-art educational …

Episode 88: Inspirational Stories and Ideas for Isolating Times:How to Help the Horticulture Industry Get Through

April 7th, 2020


Today's episode is simply me sharing things that are inspiring me in this weird time for our country. There is so much to be scared of, but so much …

Episode 87: My Fiancé Cared for My Plants for a Year While I was on Tour: Here’s What Happened

March 31st, 2020


My Fiance, Billy, joins me today to give you the inside scoop on what the last year has looked like for us. As most of you know I left home for an entire year to travel with Cats the Musical, and Billy was left to care …

Episode 86: Pause with Plants to Release Stress and Increase Calm with Brittany from the Pause with Plants Podcast

March 24th, 2020


Brittany Gowan, the plant lady behind @ihavethisthingwithurbanjungles on IG and the Pause with Plants Podcast has been a #plantfriendIRL for a while now and a lovely lady. She has been practicing and teaching her Pause …

Episode 85: Historic Black Plant People and Top 5 Favorite Plants from Africa

March 18th, 2020


I’m excited to have another podcaster join me today on the podcast! Today we welcome Colah B Tawkin of the Black in the Garden Podcast who created …

African Violets 101 with Lisa from @houseplantguru

March 3rd, 2020


African Violets are having a comeback, plant friends! You heard it here first. I know a lot of people feel like African Violets are their "grandma's …

Bonus Episode! Herbal Mixology with Gardenuity, Katy Trail Vodka and HD Liquid Catering

February 26th, 2020


Thrilled to be bringing you the audio from the Live Taping on Herbal Mixology done in 2019 in Dallas at the Gardenuity HQ! The entire evening was …

Winter Plant Care

December 17th, 2019


I’m in Canada and connected some my favorite Canadian plant friends for a fun discussion on the winter months (while we are in the midst of a cold …

Episode 81: "Root-ology" with Leslie Halleck

December 4th, 2019


Today Leslie Halleck ("Her Highness of Horticulture") joins me again to talk about the topic I was most excited to cover this season: ROOTS (or as we …

Episode 80: Plant Laws and Patents

November 12th, 2019


Today I speak with several people about various aspects of laws around plants- whether it’s importing plants from abroad or seeking to patent plants in the states. First we hear a tale from a friend of the show, Alessia …

Episode 79: Variegation 101 with Chris Satch

November 5th, 2019


Thrilled to have the OG Botanical Bro of Bloom and Grow Radio, Chris Satch back today to discuss a very hot topic- Variegation. What the heck is it, why does it occur and how can we foster and encourage it in our …

Episode 78: Plant Side Chat: When Your Orchid Doesn't Bloom

October 22nd, 2019


Plant Side Chats are shorter episodes with just Maria as she shares life lessons learned in the garden. Today's topic is: What to do when your orchid or plant doesn't bloom when you want it to. 



Ep 77: "Semi" or "Passive" Hydroponics 101 with Kay from @inrootedlove

October 15th, 2019


Today’s episode is exciting for me to share with you because the topic was something I was completely confused and bewildered by: this “semi-hydro” craze. Semi Hydro- (which is not a correct term, it’s actually called …

76: Hydroponic Gardening 101

October 8th, 2019


Very excited to welcome Rob from Farm.One to the podcast today for a conversation about beginners Hydroponics. Rob is doing Hydroponic Gardening at an incredibly high level at Farm.One- a hydroponic, vertical farm that …

Episode 75.5: Info on Sustainability of Peat Moss

October 3rd, 2019


Plant Friends- I'm so happy to have brought you the wonderful conversation this week on The Science of Soil. It's important for us to understand what …

Episode 75: The Science of Soil with Dr Mark from Metrolina Greenhouse

October 1st, 2019


So excited about this highly request episode on the science of soil. Finding a “soil expert” was kind of tough, but when I met Dr Mark Yelanich on a …

Episode 74: Grow Lights 101 with Leslie Halleck

September 24th, 2019


Thrilled as always to welcome Leslie Halleck back on the show. You will remember Leslie from our two part series on Understanding Natural Light and Propagation 101. She has two books, Plant Parenting- a guide to plant …

Episode 73: Indoor Plant Appreciation & the Amazon Rainforest

September 17th, 2019


Plant friends this is an excited episode for two reasons, #1 we hear from you! This is a community episode in response to it being National Indoor Plant Appreication week and I asked you to call in with a story of you …

Episode 72- Fall Garden Plants and Projects with Joe Lamp'l

September 10th, 2019


I’m so excited to welcome Joe Lamp'l of back on the show today! You might remember him from our episode on Living Christmas trees, but he is my outdoor gardening guru who is going to walk us through some …

Episode 71: Low Light Plants for Beginners and Advanced Plant Parents with the Houseplant Guru

September 3rd, 2019


Today I welcome Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, otherwise known as the “Houseplant Guru” to the show for an enlightening conversation about how to care for plants in low light environments, and what the best beginner and …

Episode 70: Growing Cannabis Part 2: Flowering to Harvest

August 27th, 2019


Thrilled to bring you part two of the Growing Cannabis episode series! In this conversation I’ve sat down with Rooney Bloom, a home grower of cannabis, and Chudy Azuogu, a commercial grower of cannabis, for a “compare …

Episode 69: Growing Cannabis Part 1: Set Up, Seed Starting and The Vegetative Stage

August 20th, 2019


While I was in Denver, I had the opportunity to tour The Garden, a 7000 square foot commercial Cannabis grower with my plant friend, and cannabis home grower, Rooney Bloom. In that tour, it was incredibly clear to me …

Be featured on the upcoming Community Episode: Indoor Plant Appreciation Community episode call to action - 81419 6.38 PM

August 15th, 2019


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I'd love to feature you and YOUR plant stories in an upcoming community episode of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. The theme of the episode is "Indoor Plant Appreciation" for National Indoor Plant …

Peperomia 101 with Nick Pileggi

August 13th, 2019


So glad to have Nick from @phillyfoliage and Nick Pileggi on Youtube join me for a discussion on Peperomia 101. This interview happened during our …

Season 4 Intro and What I’ve Learned Being Away from my Plants for 6 Months!

August 8th, 2019


Today I’m just intro’ing you to Season 4 and giving you my off the cuff update on what I’ve learned from being away from my plants for 6th months! Sharing recent life lessons, what’s bringing me joy lately and how I’ve …

Chicago Plant Friends! Come hug me this Saturday!

August 2nd, 2019


Chicago Plant Friends! We are having a FREE BAGR listener meet up THIS Saturday August 3rd from 10 am - Noon at Sprout Home Chicago!  


RSVP Here!


Season 4 of Bloom and Grow …

A chat with PlantKween: 5 tips for planning your perfect plant shopping day and Inclusivity and Representation in the Plant Community

June 25th, 2019


I’m thrilled to finally connect with Christopher Griffin who you might know at the the @plantkween on Instagram. Christopher’s feed is filled with his “green gurls” and himself- radiating joy and positivity. If you tune …

A Plants Journey from Grower to Your Home with Mickey Hargitay

June 18th, 2019


We are so lucky to be joined by Mickey from Mickey Hargitay Plants- THE go to plant institution in Los Angeles for Plant People. Mickey has been in the business of selling plants for 39 years: long before the recent …

Episode 64: Propagation 101 with Leslie Halleck

June 11th, 2019


So thrilled to be joined again by Leslie Halleck after the wildly successful two part episode on Understanding Natural Light (Episodes 46 and 47) …

Container Gardening 101 with Kevin from Epic Gardening

June 4th, 2019


Thrilled to be sharing this planty conversation with my #plantfriendIRL, Kevin Espiritu from Epic Gardening! Kevin and I recently met IRL in San …

Live Taping in Tucson! Living with Plants in the Desert!

May 28th, 2019


Thrilled to be bringing you the live taping of Bloom and Grow Radio in Tucson on “Living with Plants in the Desert”. I am joined by Brendan the owner of Eco Grow, a local aquaponics and rare plant shop and grower and …

We are now on Patreon and I wanted to tell you why

May 24th, 2019


Today Maria shares a mini episode on why Bloom and Grow Radio is now on Patreon.

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How to Move with Plants

May 23rd, 2019


Maria and members of the Bloom and Grow Radio Community give tips on how to move homes with houseplants! 

In this episode we learn:

- the various ways to pack plants for moving

- practical tips from listeners who have …

Live Taping! DIY Succulent Crowns with Infinite Succulent

April 30th, 2019


Rachael is the plant lady behind Infinite Succulent and the author of the succulent crafting book Infinite Succulent: Miniature Living Art to Keep or …

Live Taping! How to Cultivate Healthy Plant Community: Online and IRL

April 23rd, 2019


I am so excited to share the magic of our first live taping at Folia Collective in Los Angeles with my special guests Danae from Folia Collective and …

How to Identify a Plant with No Name Tag

April 16th, 2019


Plant Friends, I’m so excited to welcome Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn back on the show to talk about an issue we’ve all probably run into: finding a plant you love at a garden shop or nursery that doesn’t …

Pollinators and Native Bees

April 9th, 2019


I’m thrilled to have Dave Hunter, the founder of Crown Bees on the show to talk about pollinators and how important they are for our environment. …

Community Episode: Plant Fail Lessons

April 2nd, 2019


Today’s episode is a community episode, featuring YOU, the Bloom and Grow Radio Listeners sharing their stories and empowering and educating our community.

            Plant Fails, everyone take a moment of silence to …

Seattle Plant Friend Meet up announced for THIS SATURDAY!

March 27th, 2019




So excited to have a "Botanicals and Brunch" Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Meet up at Cultivate Propagate in SEATTLE this Saturday March …

Plant Side Chat: Lessons Learned in the Redwood Forest

March 19th, 2019


Today's episode is a short and sweet nugget of love about my trip to the Redwood Forest. Tune in for some mushy feel good vibes and inspiration.

Use #bagplantlatinchallenge and post a photo of one of your plants with …

Plant Latin 101

March 12th, 2019


Plant Friends! I’m so excited to have my dear friend and Botanical Bro Chris Satch back on the show, to help demystify the latin names of our houseplants we love so dearly. Today we dive into plant latin, some history, …

Episode 53: Plants IRL aka Nature and Monstera Talk

February 26th, 2019


Today’s guest caught my eye on social media because of his incredible travel itinerary and his obvious passion for finding the plants we know and love as houseplants, in their natural habitats around the world. Michael …

Episode 52: Soil Aeration and Thriving vs Surviving in a Low Light Home

February 19th, 2019


Today I’m joined by my plant friend Darryl of Houseplant Journal to discuss the importance of soil aeration and having plants in low Light environments. Houseplant Journal is known for it’s amazing instagram account, …

Episode 51: Tips for Living with a “Crazy Plant Person” with Billy!

February 12th, 2019


Plant Friends, you’ve heard me talk about my “Plant Co Parent” on this podcast, you’ve seen in him in our Botanicals and Booze Happy Hour Insta-stories, or maybe in our most recent Wallygro Install insta-story, and now, …

Episode 50: Maranta, Calathea and Stromanthe 101

February 5th, 2019


Plant Friends! We are kicking of Season 3 with your top most requested episode out of any topic, a 101 episode on how to care for the Marantaceae Family, and understanding why on earth they can be so dang tricky to care …

Season 3 Intro: Announcements and an Invitation to be featured in Season 3!

January 29th, 2019


Updates and exciting announcements about Season 3 and an invitation (and instructions) for YOU to be featured in an upcoming episode! 

If you want to be featured on the Plant Killer Lessons episode- call  (267) 478-2521

Episode 49: Plant Parent Lessons Learned in 2018

January 8th, 2019


Happy News Years! Today I’m reviewing the lessons I’ve learned in all of the incredible conversations I’ve had over the 49 episodes of Bloom and Grow Radio. Man, I have learned so much!

In the episode we discuss what …

Plant Side Chat # 6: You're Doing Great

December 25th, 2018


Plant Side Chats are a series on the Bloom and Grow Radio podcast where Maria (host) muses on life lessons learned in the garden or from plant parenting. 

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Episode 47: Understanding Natural Light- Measuring Tools

December 18th, 2018


I’m joined again by my new plant friend and horticulturalist and lighting expert, Leslie Halleck, for part two of my quest to understand what “bright …

Episode 46: Understanding Natural Light: General Rules

December 11th, 2018


I’m excited to bring you another two part episode on a topic that has plagued me in my first year as a plant parent: understanding natural light, and what the heck “bright indirect light” actually means. When figuring …

Episode 45: Aroids 101 (Part 2)

December 4th, 2018


Welcome back to part 2 of the Aroids 101 series. I hope you enjoyed last weeks Part 1 on the general information and care for the amazing Araceae …

Episode 44: Aroid 101 (Part 1)

November 27th, 2018


Today’s episode is the first of a two part series on Aroid 101. Aroids are all over Instagram, with their great variety of sexy, prehistoric looking leaves, and many Aroids make great houseplants because of their low …

Getting a Christmas Tree? Listen to these episodes!

November 23rd, 2018


Are you getting a Christmas Tree this year? Listen to the episodes mentioned here to

1) Learn best practices for cut christmas trees and how to have a locally sourced tree that you compost after the season …

Episode 43: Your Brain on Plants

November 20th, 2018


Today’s episode is about exactly what the title says… our brains… on plants. And what happens in our brains, when we become Plant People. When I was starting to move from plant killer to crazy plant lady, I noticed, …

Episode 42: How to Make a Moss Pole

November 13th, 2018


I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you, because the idea for this episode came from me being inspired to make my own moss poles after …

Episode 41: Maria's Favorite Things/ Planty Holiday Gift Guide

October 30th, 2018


Maria walks you through a “few of her favorite things” aka planty products that she has enjoyed this year. This episode is for anyone who might be curious about plant related products out there for their urban jungles …

Plant Side Chat 5: Pruning

October 16th, 2018


The Plant Side Chat Series is Maria's love letters to the life lessons she learns in the garden. Today, Maria shares a story about the importance of pruning in your garden and life through the tale of her balcony …

Episode 39: Growing Your Business Like You Tend Your Garden

October 9th, 2018


Donna Letier of Gardenity joins me today as the second guest of my Planty Business Series to jam on the topic of growing a business like we tend a garden. Gardenuity creates custom gardens of herbs and vegetables …

Episode 38: Transitioning Your Plants Back Indoors for Winter

October 2nd, 2018


For those of you lucky enough to have outdoor space that you put your houseplants in for the warm summer months, this episode is for you! There comes the time with that first snap of fall weather, when we realize the …

Episode 37: Horticultural Therapy

September 25th, 2018


I have been so moved by many of you who have reached out to me sharing how caring for your plants has helped you walk through or live with a variety of tough things, whether its loss of a loved one, post partum …

Episode 36: Growing a Large Urban Jungle in a Small Space and Humidity Hacks with @Apartmentbotanist

September 18th, 2018


Thrilled to be joined by Alessia of @apartmentbotanist to discuss growing a large plant collection in a small space and using humidity indoors to …

Episode 35: How to Grow Succulents/Cacti Indoors

September 11th, 2018


Let's get to know each other! Please take 5 minutes to fill out this Listener Survey, so I can best survey you in the upcoming episodes! Thanks plant friends!

Very excited to be joined by Ryan from …

Episode 34: Hilton Carter

September 4th, 2018


I’m thrilled to be welcoming Hilton Carter, or what I like to call him, the “King of Jungle by the Falls” to the show! Hilton is a huge part of the …

Monstera 101 with @tropicaloco

August 21st, 2018


I’m so excited to welcome my first Australian guest to the show, Scott Cain of the popular Instagram account @Tropicaloco (and another account that …

Ep 32: Airplants 101

August 7th, 2018


I’m thrilled to be joined by the “Airplant Man” himself, Josh Rosen to discuss all things airplants. Airplants, or Tillandsia, are another popular …

Episode 31: Plants and Babies with Molly Mansfield

July 24th, 2018


Today I welcome Molly Mansfield to the show to talk about something I have no experience with- raising babies around a plant collection! Molly is the …

Orchid 101 with Chris from The Sill

July 10th, 2018


We are joined by Chris today for another installment of our Plant Science Series featuring The Sill. Orchid 101 is near and dear to my heart because I STRUGGLE with Orchids and Chris has been my go to resource for …

Episode 29: Indoor Citrus with MIgardener

July 3rd, 2018


 Today we are joined by Luke Marion of MI Gardener to talk all things indoor citrus! You might know Luke from his MI Gardener youtube channel (which I’m a huge fan of!) which has become one of the fastest growing …

Plant Side Chat 4: The Tale of the Tomato Plant

June 12th, 2018


Today’s short and sweet Plant Side Chat is honoring my first balcony herb garden and the lessons I learned, since I just planted up my new garden for this upcoming season. One of my favorite stories to tell is the story …

Episode 27: Plants in the Classroom with @mrdtimes3

June 5th, 2018


Joe “Mr. D” Dombrowski is a 3rd (5th next year) grade teacher from Chicago, IL. His passion for education and lighthearted approach to engaging with students has captured the hearts of millions with his viral videos and …

Episode 26: Pest Control with Summer Rayne Oakes

May 29th, 2018


I’m so happy to have Summer Rayne Oakes of @homesteadbrooklyn back on the show for a second time. You might have heard her back in the day in episode 04 of Bloom and Grow Radio, when we talked about Advanced Plant …

Episode 25: The Fiddle Leaf Fig with @leighkiyoko

May 22nd, 2018


The Fiddle Leaf Fig, also known as Ficus Lyrata, has been steadily taking over our instagram, pinterest and drool worthy magazine spreads for some …

Episode 24: How to Start a Plant Shop with Folia Collective

May 15th, 2018


Plant Friends... this could be the most epic interview on Bloom and Grow Radio yet. Clocking in at about 1 hour and 45 minutes, this one is a doozy …

Mother's Day Special

May 8th, 2018


Today’s episode is inspired by our mothers. During my most recent giveaway I did on my birthday, I asked you guys to tell me stories about your #plantfriendsIRL. I was totally ready for fun, heart warming stories about …

Episode 22- Windowsill Herb Gardening 101 with NYBG

May 1st, 2018


Welcome to Season 2 of Bloom and Grow Radio Plant Friends! I’m so excited that with Season 2, I am launching the Bloom and Grow Garden Club. The Garden Club is my mailing list on steroids with an online community …

Plant Side Chat # 3: The Changing of the Seasons

April 5th, 2018


Plant Side Chat # 3, a short and sweet episode about the changing of the seasons in our external world, and what that can mean for us internally.

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Episode 20(!): Talking Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier and My MOM

March 28th, 2018


I’m so excited to celebrate my TWENTIETH episode with some very special guests today. Craig LeHoullier is THE Tomato man (@nctomatoman to be exact). …

Episode 19: Terrarium 101 with @teenytinyterra

March 20th, 2018


Toronto based Jesse Goldfarb is making a name for himself in the plant world with his creative terrarium designs for his company, Teeny Tiny Terra. …

Episode 18: Prepping Your Houseplant For Spring and the Science Behind Fertilizer With Chris Satch from The Sill

March 13th, 2018


I’m always excited to welcome Chris Satch from The Sill back to the show for our Plant Science Series. This week we discuss what we need to do to prepare our plants for Spring! Chris gives us the lowdown on pruning, …

Episode 17: The Studies Behind Why Plants Make People Happy and Healthy with Christine from @workhardplanthard

March 6th, 2018


We are so lucky to be joined by Christine from @workhardplanthard ( today to discuss various studies behind how and why plants actually help improve your indoor environment. I have always been …

Episode 16: Mounting Epiphytes and the Creation of

February 27th, 2018


Rounding out our two-part House Plant Club Series today is second half of the dynamic duo, Erin Harding of the popular blog and Instagram account …

Episode 15: 5 tips for Curating and Growing Your Planty Instagram Account with Morgan of @plantingpink

February 20th, 2018


Friendship February for Bloom and Grow Radio will be rounded out by a two part series featuring the two founders of the enormous Instagram account and Etsy shop: @houseplantclub . The two founders of this planty …

Episode 14: The Friendship Plant! The Ins and Outs of the Popular Pilea Peperomioides with the Founder of PIEP

February 13th, 2018


We can’t have a month devoted to Friendship without having an episode on the Friendship Plant, the Pilea Peperomioides! We are so lucky to be joined by the founder of PIEP – the first commercial grower of Pilea …

Plant Side Chat # 2 - Planty Friendships

February 6th, 2018


Plant Side Chat #2 - Planty Friendships for Friendship February on Bloom and Grow Radio! We dive into the beauty of plant friendships and why they are so important!

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Episode 12: Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Grow Lights with The Sill's Chris Satch

January 30th, 2018


I’m very excited to welcome back Chris Satch to the show! Chris is the Plant Scientist and Head of Education at The Sill ( and is my …

Episode 11: Inside the Mind of @mr_plantgeek and Tips for Traveling Plant Parents

January 9th, 2018


Michael Perry is the entrepreneur and self titled “geek” behind the “Mr Plant Geek” empire. But he is, in no way, a tradition “geek”. I like to call him the “bad boy of the plant world." You might know Michael from his …

Plant Side Chat #1: Bloom and Grow at Your Own Rate

January 2nd, 2018


First part of the Plant Side Chat series where we will explore the lessons learned from caring for plants. Today's topic: Bloom and Grow at Your Own Rate.

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Episode 09: Double the Joy: Cats and Plants (and Poisonous Plants to Avoid) with @plant_lady_is_the_new_cat_lady

December 19th, 2017


Meagan Rosson is the creator behind the Instagram account: Plant_Lady_is_the_New_Cat_Lady. Her two gorgeous cats: Mack and Brooklyn, are quickly becoming “Instagram Famous“ due to Meagan’s hilarious Instagram stories of …

Episode 08: Dirty Talk and the Creation of Houseplant Journal

December 12th, 2017


By day, Toronto based Darryl Cheng is a Business Analyst for a Tech Company. By night, he is the creator of the incredibly popular blog and Instagram …

Episode 07: TheOperatingSystem- Propagation 101 and Using Plants to Disconnect

December 5th, 2017


Olena Shmahalo, otherwise known as TheOperatingSystem on Instagram is the Art Director of Quanta Magazine by day, and has an Etsy shop where she sells her plant cuttings and plant themed merchandise by night. Originally …

Episode 06: Christmas Tree Extravaganza Part 2/2: Living, Potted Christmas Trees for the Holiday Season!

November 28th, 2017


Part two of my Christmas Tree extravaganza is all about celebrating you houseplants enthusiasts who want to take the leap, and jump into the joys of having a LIVING, potted Christmas Tree. This trend has become more …

Episode 05: Christmas Tree Extravaganza Part 1/2 - Cut Christmas Trees

November 28th, 2017


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas trees are on every corner of NYC and it’s time to pick one up and bring it into your home to …

Episode 04: Plants for the Advanced Plant Parent and Practicing Patience

November 21st, 2017


I learned about Summer Rayne Oaks when I first started researching “Urban Jungles” in NYC. She is a Model/Activist/Entrepreneur who is famous for her Brooklyn apartment in which she has over 670 plants. She has …

Episode 03: How to NOT Kill Succulents and learning resiliance

November 14th, 2017


Diana Zarins is the mastermind behind the Instagram account and Youtube channel How To Succulents. She is a “black thumb” turned #succulentwhisperer …

Episode 02: Top 5 Houseplants for Beginners and Learning Kindness

November 13th, 2017


Today’s episode is with one of my most favorite Plant People I have met yet… Christopher Satch! He is the Plant Scientist and Head of Education at The Sill. The Sill is an amazing plant shop located in Chinatown, NY …

Episode 01: The Reason behind Bloom and Grow Radio!

November 13th, 2017


Bloom and Grow Radio is a weekly Podcast designed for the Urban Jungle Dweller, Houseplant Enthusiast and Succulent Killer alike. Maria Failla …

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