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On The Ledge

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On The Ledge is a podcast all about indoor gardening - helping you to grow everything from Aloe vera to the ZZ plant.  Presenter Jane Perrone has been nuts about houseplants since she was knee high to a Swiss cheese plant. She quizzes the experts, helps you find cool new stuff to grow and figures ou… read more

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Episode 157: an A to Z of potting mix ingredients part two

September 25th, 2020


In the second part of my potting mix ingredients A-Z I work through from C to L, plus I answer a question about watering citrus trees, and we hear from listener Theresa.

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Midweek bonus 6: Legends of the Leaf campaign launch

September 23rd, 2020


Find out about my crowdfunding appeal on Unbound for forthcoming book Legends of the Leaf: The story behind 25 iconic houseplants and the secrets to making them thrive

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Episode 156: an A to Z of potting mix ingredients, part one

September 18th, 2020


I am joined by fellow houseplant expert Mr Houseplant, aka Vladan Nikolic, to discuss the ingredients that go into your plants’ pots, plus I answer a …

Episode 155: your listener questions

September 11th, 2020


It’s time to answer some listener questions! Distorted Monstera leaves, watering techniques and black pepper plants all come under scrutiny in this …

Episode 154: the price of rare plants

September 4th, 2020


Prices for so-called unicorn plants have gone sky high as the houseplant trend continues to explode, but this week I am asking: is any plant really worth that much? Plus I answer a listener question about marks on a …

Episode 152: leaf botany part three - silicon

August 21st, 2020


This week I find out what silicon does for plants, answer a couple of questions about brown spots on leaves, and we hear from listener MV. For full …

Episode 151: the relaxation episode

August 14th, 2020


Warning, this episode is seriously relaxing! I read from a Victorian book on indoor gardening that should provide the perfect aural backdrop to a …

Episode 150: Introducing the On The Ledge manifesto

August 7th, 2020


In this milestone 150th episode, I lay out my manifesto for On The Ledge and answer a question about growing tomatoes, plus we meet listener Lydia …

Episode 149: terrarium tips and National Collections

July 17th, 2020


I find out how you could become the guardian of a major houseplant genus, and answer a listener question about making terrariums.

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Episode 148: leaf botany part two - CAM and guttation explained

July 10th, 2020


Guttation and CAM (aka Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) are central processes for many of our houseplants, but what do they involve?  Terrestrial …

Episode 147: identifying houseplants

July 3rd, 2020


If you’ve ever been flummoxed by a houseplant that came with a label marked simply ‘foliage’, this episode will help you start to figure out the name …

Episode 146: helping houseplants cope with a heatwave, plus a Hoya question

June 26th, 2020


When it's unusually hot, you may feel the strain: your houseplants can struggle too. I offer up some tips to help your plants cope with a heatwave, and Doug Chamberlain of Vermont Hoyas joins me to answer a listener …

Episode 145: Tyler Thrasher

June 19th, 2020


Tyler Thrasher is the host of podcast Greenhouse Rants and a brilliant polymath who breeds succulents, has designed and crowdfunded his own plant …

Episode 144: underrated houseplants

June 12th, 2020


If you enjoy a blast from the past, you’ll like this week’s profiled plants: three species that were once ubiquitous but have been inexplicably …

Episode 143: mealybugs

June 5th, 2020


Mealybugs are one of the most common and hard-to-treat pests you’ll encounter as a houseplant grower, so it’s high time we devoted a whole episode to …

Episode 142: leaf botany part one - shape

May 29th, 2020


Ever wondered why the leaves of your houseplants are different in shape? Professor Enrico Coen of the John Innes Centre joins to me to explain. I co-opt Stephen of the Plant Daddy podcast to help me answer a question …

Episode 141: Alice Vincent

May 22nd, 2020


Alice Vincent (@noughticulture on Instagram) joins me to talk about two new planty projects: her book Rootbound, and an audio guide to sowing seeds - …

Episode 140: Diva Week part five - Alocasia 'Polly'

May 21st, 2020


In the final instalment of Diva Week Mireia of Instagram account @borngardening joins me to discuss Alocasia ‘Polly'. For full show notes visit

Episode 140: Diva Week part four - Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’ aka polka dot plant

May 20th, 2020


Today’s diva plant is Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’, the polka dot begonia: Daniel Minton of Instagram account @minstera_ offers up some expert care …

Episode 140: Diva Week part three - maidenhair ferns

May 19th, 2020


Maidenhair fern, from the genus Adiantum, are some of the biggest divas of the houseplant world. Matthew from Plant Daddy Podcast joins me to find …

Episode 140: Diva Week part two - Cissus discolor aka begonia vine

May 16th, 2020


It's Diva Week! I'm bringing you expert advice on how to care for five demanding houseplants, broken down into bite-sized episodes every weekday. …

Episode 140: Diva Week part one - fiddle leaf fig

May 15th, 2020


It's Diva Week! I'm bringing you expert advice on how to care for five demanding houseplants, broken down into bite-sized episodes every weekday. First up: Ficus lyrata, the fiddle leaf fig, with care tips from expert …

Episode 139: Wolfie, and a potting shed soundscape

May 8th, 2020


Want to know more about On The Ledge mascot Wolfie? Your wait is over. Plus I chat to orchid expert Dr Manos Kanellos to answer a Dendrobium …

Episode 138: Aspidistra, aka the cast iron plant

May 1st, 2020


I talk to Philip Oostenbrink about his National Collection of Aspidistra cultivars and answer a question about watering snake plants, and we hear …

Episode 137: Maria Failla of Bloom and Grow Radio

April 24th, 2020


I chat to fellow houseplant podcaster Maria Failla about life under lockdown in New York and how her podcast Bloom & Grow Radio began, plus I …

Midweek bonus 5: I Love My Plants

April 22nd, 2020


I answer a question about buying houseplants from big box stores, we meet listener Lynne and we hear a song about plants from Mark Truesdell.

Episode 136: Clivias

April 17th, 2020


Steve Hickman joins me to talk about a flowering houseplant that deserves more attention: Clivia miniata. And in Meet The Listener, we hear from …

Episode 135: Q&A special

April 10th, 2020


I answer questions about crispy Norfolk Island pines, a shrivelled string of pearls and wayward avocado roots, plus we hear from listener Carlana. …

Midweek bonus 4: BCSS by Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers

April 7th, 2020


I talk to Dean Murray of Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers about their track BCSS, a wonderful celebration of the obsession with cacti and …

Episode 134: we want more plant emojis!

April 3rd, 2020


I discover a bid get an orchid flower emoji added to the suite of symbols we use on our phones. And I answer a question about polka dot Begonia …

Midweek Bonus 3: let's hear it for the birds

April 1st, 2020


A short but sweet update on all things On The Ledge, with a birdsong backing track. Plus we meet listener Pam. For full show notes visit

Episode 133: a houseplant tour with Mercy Morris

March 27th, 2020


I visit the home of houseplant expert Mercy Morris to explore her personal collection of plants, and answer a question about plants for a super-sunny …

Midweek bonus 2: keep on keeping on, Little Joe and a birdsong soundscape

March 25th, 2020


In this extra midweek episode, I meet listener Sadie from Colorado, USA, talk to Matt Candeias of podcast In Defense of Plants about new film Little …

Episode 132: Plant Tribe with the Urban Jungle Bloggers

March 20th, 2020


I was thrilled to be able to chat to Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff, founders of Urban Jungle Bloggers, about their new book Plant Tribe, plus I answer a question about how to avoid overwatering your plants during …

Midweek bonus 1: how we're going to get through this...

March 18th, 2020


Find out how Jane Perrone will be supporting listeners during the coronavirus pandemic, from extra episodes to a new houseplant buddies scheme. For …

Episode 131: OTL sowalong part three - inside the seed

March 13th, 2020


In this week’s show, I find out what’s really going on inside your seeds, chronicle your #OTLsowalong successes, answer a listener question about great houseplant books and meet listener Sam.

Episode 130: OTL Sowalong part two - your questions

March 6th, 2020


I answer all your burning OTL Sowalong questions, plus Kevin Espiritu of Epic Gardening tackles a listener question about nutrients for hydroponic seed starters, and we meet listener Emily.

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Episode 129: OTL Sowalong part one - growing ferns from spores

February 28th, 2020


On The Ledge sowalong is go! I interview fern expert and British Pteridological Society member Peter Blake about how to grow ferns from spores, I …

Episode 128: Monstera Mansion tour at RHS Wisley

February 14th, 2020


RHS garden Wisley in Surrey has taken a new approach to displaying houseplants with its houseplant takeover exhibition: I take a tour with …

Episode 127: sustainability part three - pots

February 7th, 2020


I look at the alternatives to plastic pots, offer up some tips on using cachepots, and talk to ceramic designer Hannah Morrow about her collection of …

Bonus episode: plant passports in the UK - what you need to know

February 4th, 2020


I interview the UK’s plant health chief, Nicola Spence about how the new rules on plant passports work and who is affected by the changes.

For full …

Episode 126: houseplant takeover with the RHS Gardening podcast

January 31st, 2020


In a unique collaboration, I join up with the RHS Gardening Podcast to talk houseplants with Matthew Pottage, curator of RHS garden Wisley in Surrey, …

Episode125: what is biophilia?

January 24th, 2020


Biophilic designer Oliver Heath joins me to explain how being surrounded by nature can have palpable benefits for us all. And I answer a question …

Episode 124: plant health, herbs and sustainability with Maya Thomas

January 17th, 2020


Herbologist and private chef Maya Thomas joins me to talk about everything from why weeds matter to why buying small plants can work in your favour. …

Episode 123: Jane's Hoya tour

January 10th, 2020


I chat about my growing Hoya collection to find out how they are getting on and why I love them so much, and I answer a question about a leggy aralia.

Episode 122: Plant care soundscape (with added Wolfie)

December 26th, 2019


Join me as I potter about tending houseplants, in a soundscape that’s meant to be companionable, not informative.

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Episode 121: Begonias part two

December 20th, 2019


Steve Rosenbaum from Steve’s Leaves nursery in Texas is back to offer up more Begonia growing advice, and palm expert Scott Zona joins me for this …

Episode 120: Begonias part one

December 13th, 2019


Begonias are brilliant houseplants: from rex to luxurians, they come in all kinds of leaf shapes, colours and habits. Steve Rosenbaum, founder of …

Episode 119: how to give your houseplants a health check

December 6th, 2019


One of the best things you can do this winter is give your houseplants a health check: I explain how it’s done. Plus I answer a question about what to do with fallen leaves, and we discuss developments in OTL’s quest …

Episode 118: surviving winter, with the Arctic Gardener

November 29th, 2019


Find out how to help your houseplants survive ‘the death months’ with Anders Røyneberg, aka the Arctic Gardener. And I answer a question about how to …

Episode 117: Euphorbias and other succulents

November 22nd, 2019


I visit the Surrey greenhouse of succulent grower Bob Potter to learn about Euphorbias and more, and I answer a question about how to persuade …

Episode 116: Hippeastrums (aka amaryllis)

November 8th, 2019


I plant some Hippeastrums - the monster bulbs of the indoor gardening world - and I answer a question about a mushrooms growing in houseplant pots. 

Episode 115: living stones aka Lithops

November 1st, 2019


Living stones or Lithops are fascinating plants - tiny, tough and very beautiful. I visited Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery in the Peak District of the UK …

Episode 114: houseplants and sustainability part two - the nursery trade

October 25th, 2019


Sustainability could be described as the elephant in the room when it comes to the hype around houseplants right now. I chat to Dave Hanson, …

Episode 113: winterising your plants with the Plant Daddy Podcast

October 18th, 2019


I chat about the challenges of getting houseplants ready for winter with Stephen and Matthew of the Plant Daddy podcast. Plus, more on the mystery Peperomia from episode 112, and I answer a question on ferns and ivies.

Episode 112: plant swaps

October 11th, 2019


Plant swaps are a great way to connect with likeminded planty people, offload surplus plants and get your hands on some great new specimens for your …

Episode 111: Cactusworld Live

October 4th, 2019


Listen to a live episode of On The Ledge recorded at the inaugural Cactusworld Live event organised by the British Cactus and Succulent Society (BCSS

Episode 110: Peperomias part two

September 27th, 2019


Peperomias are centre stage again this week as we hear part two of my chat with Peperomia expert Sally Williams, learn more about this fascinating group of plants, and get lots of care tips. And I also answer a question …

Episode 109: Peperomias part one

September 20th, 2019


Watermelons, raindrops and turtles … the genus Peperomia contains some of our most popular houseplants: so it’s about time I devoted a couple of …

Episode 108: Q&A special

September 13th, 2019


Jane Perrone tackles listeners' houseplant dilemmas and disasters in this question and answer special episode, from what to do with old houseplant …

Episode 107: Oxalis triangularis aka false shamrock

September 6th, 2019


I return from holiday to find a dozen bottles of milk turning into cheese on my doorstop, but the good news is that my houseplants are mostly …

On The Ledge podcast trailer

September 3rd, 2019


Want to learn how help your houseplants thrive? Jane Perrone's podcast can help. Find a full, thematic list of episodes at 

Episode 106: ten commandments for houseplant care

August 9th, 2019


I continue the theme of houseplants for beginners this week, as Judy Feldstein of presents her ten commandments for houseplant care. I also answer a question about watering habits and fungus gnats.

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Episode 105: five houseplants for beginners

August 2nd, 2019


I love delving into the details of growing houseplants, but this week I’m going back to basics, looking at five houseplants that any newbie grower can get started with. Judy Feldstein of joins me to …

Episode 104: strawberry saxifrage aka Saxifraga stolonifera

July 26th, 2019


I love strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera) so much I just had to dedicate a whole episode to this lovely plant: and question of the week …

Episode 103: houseplants and sustainability part one - peat-free

July 19th, 2019


We’re all in no doubt that our houseplants are good for us, but are they good for the environment?  This episode is the start of an occasional series looking at houseplants and sustainability: I’m starting by looking at …

Episode 102: spider mites

July 12th, 2019


Red spider mites may not be visible with the naked eye, but they damage they can do to our houseplants is considerable. I get an insight into the …

Episode 101: the spider plant (aka Chlorophytum comosum)

July 5th, 2019


Spider plants are cheap as chips and common as muck, and yet Chlorophytum comosum is also a treasured plant for many houseplant growers. I find out …

Episode 100: let's celebrate!

June 28th, 2019


On The Ledge hits 100 episodes! This week’s show is a celebration of all things OTL: I hear from lots of listeners about how the podcast has impacted on them, count down the top ten most downloaded episodes, and explain …

Episode 99: houseplants for low light

June 21st, 2019


If you’re suffering from window envy, this is the episode for you! I talk to the Houseplant Guru, Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, about her new book Grow In …

Episode 98: the science of plant propagation

June 14th, 2019


I explore the botany of houseplant propagation with horticulturist Leslie Halleck and answer a question about a floppy calla lily.

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Episode 97: indoor jungles with designer Martha Krempel

June 7th, 2019


London-based garden designer Martha Krempel shows me her stunning indoor/outdoor garden, featuring some seriously big plants, including a towering …

Episode 96: plants for bedrooms with Baylor Chapman

May 31st, 2019


Jane Perrone chats to Baylor Chapman, author of new book Decorating With Plants and founder of California plant design studio Lila B Design, about plants for the bedroom. We finally smash the myth that houseplants …

Episode 95: airplants, cacti and succulents at the Chelsea flower show 2019

May 24th, 2019


I visit the Chelsea Flower Show to talk to three expert exhibitors about air plants, cacti and succulents, and answer a question about a Pilea with a …

Episode 94: carnivorous plants with Peter D'Amato (part two)

May 17th, 2019


In the second part of my interview with Peter D’Amato, founder of the nursery California Carnivores, I get Peter to answer listener questions about Nepenthes, discuss the weird world of naming carnivorous plants, and …

Episode 93: carnivorous plants with Peter D'Amato

May 10th, 2019


I chat to Peter D’Amato, founder of the nursery California Carnivores, one of world’s leading experts in venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews and more. We talk about how his obsession began, find out what happens …

Episode 92: Hilton Carter

May 3rd, 2019


I talk to houseplant stylist and Instagram sensation Hilton Carter about his new book Wild At Home, his plants and why indoor gardening is the perfect escape from the stresses of modern life. And I answer a question …

Episode 91: growing herbs indoors

April 26th, 2019


I talk to YouTube gardening sensation Huw Richards about growing herbs indoors and answer a question about a Dracaena that’s receiving unwanted attention from a pet. Plus a bonus bit of seed sowing for the OTL sowalong.

Episode 90: fertilisers for houseplants plus OTL sowalong part four

April 5th, 2019


From tablets to foliar sprays, choosing what products to use when you fertilise houseplants can seem like a bit of a minefield. Leigh Hunt, the RHS’s …

Episode 89: OTL houseplant sowalong part three

March 29th, 2019


This week is an On The Ledge sowalong extravaganza! We’re now getting to the nitty gritty - the actual seed sowing bit - so my dog Wolfie and I are …

Episode 88: African violets with Annie Rieck plus #OTLsowalong part two

March 21st, 2019


African violets have been loved and nurtured by generations of houseplant growers, but they’ve got a reputation as plants that our grandparents love …

Episode 87: conservatory love with Ruth Kassinger, plus #OTLsowalong part one

March 15th, 2019


Do you remember that one key moment when you realised you wanted - or needed - to be surrounded by plants? In popular science writer Ruth Kassinger’s …

Episode 86: houseplant styling with Rob Stacewicz

March 8th, 2019


Rob Stacewicz’s London home is stuffed with gorgeous houseplants, but most of them are planted in groups. He gives me a tour, and explains why planting more than one specimen in the same container really works. Plus I …

Episode 85: forest cacti part two - propagation, plus Rhipsalis, Lepismium and Hatiora

March 1st, 2019


Forest cactus expert Mark Preston returns to talk about propagation, plus Hatiora, Lepismium and Rhipsalis. And I answer a question about getting …

Episode 84: Forest cacti part one: Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving cacti

February 22nd, 2019


I am joined by epiphytic cactus expert Mark Preston to talk about how to take care of Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving cacti, aka Schlumbergera and Rhipsalidopsis. And I answer a question about baby spider plants.

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Episode 83: Scott Cain of @BoysWithPlants and @Tropicaloco

February 7th, 2019


I talk to Scott Cain of Instagram accounts @tropicaloco and @boyswithplants about his houseplant collection, his new book and what it’s like keeping …

Episode 82: growing hoyas (aka the wax plant)

February 1st, 2019


Hoyas are shooting up the popularity charts, and so they should: these climbing and trailing vines have lovely foliage and flowers that are …

Episode 81: botanical Latin, explained

January 25th, 2019


ZZ plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia? Botanical Latin can seem like a confusing alphabet soup that’s hard to say and even harder to figure out. But I …

Episode 80: houseplant trends in China, Thailand and Japan with Michael Perry

January 18th, 2019


Michael Perry aka Mr Plant Geek joins me to share some of his insights into the houseplant scene in China, Japan and Thailand, from how much you’d pay for a 6ft Adenium in Thailand to how the Chinese are marketing …

Episode 79: houseplant gadgets, from hand lenses to hygrometers

January 11th, 2019


One of the boons of indoor gardening is that this hobby really doesn’t necessitate a lot of kit: a watering can, some pots and some potting mix will get you started. But as your plant obsession grows, there are some …

Episode 78: houseplant hoarding

January 4th, 2019


We’ve all been there: the moment when that must-have houseplant leaps off the shelf and into your basket (real or virtual) and you have absolutely no …

Episode 77: coral-coloured houseplants, festive care tips, and a look ahead to 2019

December 21st, 2018


As it’s the final episode of the year, I thought I’d have some fun and discuss some of the houseplants that embody the Pantone colour of the year for …

Episode 76: how to take great photos of your houseplants

December 15th, 2018


Whether you’re keeping records of houseplants’ growth or showing them off on social media, taking photographs indoors can be tricky. I speak to three plant photographers to find out their top tips on lighting, framing …

Episode 75: do houseplants clean the air?

December 7th, 2018


You’ve read the headlines, but do houseplants really clean the air in your house? A Nasa study from decades ago is the oft-cited authority on the subject, but surely there must be some more recent research into the …

Episode 74: Aquascaping with George Farmer

November 30th, 2018


Professional aquascaper George Farmer turned his hobby into a successful career, becoming one of the stars of the aquarium scene. I visited his home …

Episode 73: Dutch houseplant adventures part two

November 23rd, 2018


I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; last week’s episode covered my trip to the Flora Holland show, and this week I’m …

Episode 72: Dutch houseplant adventures part one

November 16th, 2018


I recently visited the Netherlands as a guest of The Joy of Plants; it was an informative and fun trip, and a brilliant opportunity to understand the fascinating world of Dutch ornamental plant production. This week I’m …

Episode 71: Weird Plants by botanist Chris Thorogood

November 9th, 2018


Houseplants are all weird and wonderful, but there are some that outdo the rest for their ability to surprise us.

Dr Chris Thorogood is a botanist at …

Episode 70: OTL at the RHS London Urban Garden Show

November 2nd, 2018


I normally record On The ledge in my pyjamas with an unwashed face and a mug of tea at ten o’clock at night, so last Friday it was rather a novelty …

Episode 69: Jane Perrone's houseplant tour part two

October 19th, 2018


If you’ve listened to episode after episode of me talking about my plants, and have wondered exactly what my plant collection looks like, now is your …

Episode 68: preparing your houseplants for winter

October 12th, 2018


It’s the time of year when we do the houseplant shuffle - that desperate effort to get all the houseplants safely inside before they are ripped apart by winter winds or rendered crinkly with an overnight frost. In this …

Episode 67, part seven: Epiphyllum anguliger aka fishbone cactus

October 9th, 2018


The first challenge with this plant is mastering its Latin name! The genus Epiphyllum belongs to the forest or orchid cacti, named for their …

Episode 67, part six: Sedum morganianum aka burro's tail

October 8th, 2018


Sedum morganianum was a bit of a botanical mystery until ten years ago. No one really knew where it grew in the wild, although it was believed to live in Veracruz in Mexico. Then a couple of botanists stumbled across …

Episode 67, part five: Peperomia prostrata

October 5th, 2018


As the Latin name suggests, in its native Brazil this tiny Peperomia grows by creeping around on the ground and along tree bark. That said, it grows brilliantly as a trailing pot plant, and is so diminutive that it’s …

Episode 67, part four: Episcia cupreata aka flame violet

October 4th, 2018


The flame violet holds its own among any variegated plant you can name, and yet for some reason they are not as popular as they should be! These …

Episode 67, part three: Ceropegia woodii, aka string of hearts

October 3rd, 2018


String of hearts, hearts entangled, chain of hearts … there are so many common names for this popular trailing plant. It’s simple to grow, widely …

Episode 67 part two: Hoya linearis

October 2nd, 2018


This plant grows in the Himalayan region and is an epiphyte, dangling from trees like green furry tinsel. 

Mine hasn’t flowered yet, but I am looking forward to the clusters of starry white flowers that are reputedly …

Episode 67 part one: Senecio rowleyanus aka string of pearls

October 1st, 2018


It’s trailing plants week! We’re looking at seven iconic trailing plants across the week, in bite-sized daily mini-episodes. First up: string of …

Episode 66: propagation with Caro Langton and Rose Ray

September 28th, 2018


You’ve gathered an awesome collection of houseplants, learning how to care for each and every one (with a few casualties along the way!) but what …

Episode 65: moth orchids aka Phalaenopsis

September 21st, 2018


Phalaenopsis orchids are the most ubiquitous of flowering houseplants: love them or hate them, you can’t escape their good qualities, from their ability to survive in the home to the long-lasting flowers. In this …

Episode 64: Darryl Cheng aka House Plant Journal

September 14th, 2018


Darryl Cheng - timelapse photographer extraordinaire, Instagram maven and houseplant doctor - is my guest this week.

We discuss everything from why instructions to grow a plant in ‘bright indirect light’ don’t really …

Episode 63: Palms

September 7th, 2018


Palms are one of the most enduringly popular houseplants: stars of the Victorian glasshouse, darlings of the art deco hotel dining room and now …

Episode 62: Coleus

August 31st, 2018


'Campfire' ... 'Spiced Curry' ... 'Alabama Sunset' ... 'Dipt in Wine' ... no, I am not reminiscing about my summer holiday, I am of course talking …

Episode 61: growlights with Leslie Halleck

August 24th, 2018


Leslie Halleck's book Gardening Under Lights (published by Timber Press) is a really welcome book for those of us who haven't fully dipped our toes …

Episode 60: Nepenthes with Domonick Gravine

August 3rd, 2018


Carnivorous plants don't get more colourful, clever and downright dramatic than the tropical pitcher plants, aka Nepenthes.

Domonick Gravine, founder …

Episode 59: Aloes, Agaves and other succulents with Colin Walker

July 27th, 2018


Colin Walker has been growing succulents for 50 years, and he just happens to be the president of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. I …

Episode 58: indoor ferns

July 20th, 2018


Ferns. Love them, hate them, want them to go away and stop taunting you with their crispy leaves? This week I am attempting to give serial fern killers hope by discussing some tips and tricks to keep ferns happy, …

Episode 57: quick wins for indoor edibles

July 13th, 2018


I've come to a bit of a standstill this week: I don't know if it's the heatwave the UK has been going through, the pressure of making a weekly podcast or England's exit from the World Cup, but it's left me feeling …

Episode 56: James Wong's houseplants - part two

July 6th, 2018


I had so much fun and fascinating stuff to chat about with expert botanist and houseplant maverick James Wong that I am bringing you another chunk of our chat this week. If you haven't yet listened to Part One of my …

Episode 55: James Wong's houseplants - part one

June 29th, 2018


British-Malaysian botanist James Wong is sparking a one-man houseplant revolution. With no outside space to garden, for the last 18 months James has …

Episode 54: Streptocarpus and other Gesneriads

June 22nd, 2018


Regular listeners to On The Ledge podcast will have heard me waffle on many times about how much I love Streptocarpus. The name may be easily …

Episode 53: begonias, carnivorous plants and more with Mike Clifford

June 15th, 2018


Behind an unassuming bungalow near Poole in Dorset, Mike Clifford's garden may measure up to just 65ft long, but it's absolutely packed full of …

Episode 52: online houseplant buying tips and tricks

June 7th, 2018


Buying plants online is ridiculously easy - a few clicks and some fancy foliage plant or flowery specimen is on its way to you in the post. But it's …

Episode 51: Matthew Biggs

June 1st, 2018


This week's episode sounds a little bit different - as it's half term and I have a relative staying who is sleeping in my office where I usually record the podcast, I headed out to the potting shed for the intro and …

Episode 50: the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

May 25th, 2018


The Chelsea Flower Show is the world's most famous gardening event, but houseplants are starting to make big inroads into this fixture in the …

Episode 49: houseplants and Instagram with Kimberley Aston

May 18th, 2018


Whether you're a hashtag natural or tend to get your Monsteramonday mixed up with philodendronfriday, Instagram is a bit of a jungle for houseplant lovers: fun to negotiate but sometimes rather confusing. I talk to …

Episode 48: the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

May 11th, 2018


One of the best ways of learning how to care about your houseplants is to find out more about how they live in their native habitats. If you can't go and visit them in the wild, a trip to a botanic garden such as Kew in …

Episode 47: propagating succulents

May 4th, 2018


One of the many satisfying things about succulents is just how easy they are to propagate: this week I take a look at how to propagate succulents …

Episode 46: Matthew Pottage

April 27th, 2018


When Matthew Pottage, the curator of RHS garden Wisley, invited me to visit, I jumped at the chance: Wisley in Surrey is one of the UK's best known …

Episode 45: plants and interiors with Emilie Fournet

April 20th, 2018


So, you've ended up with a home full of houseplants, but how do you display them to make the most of their best features? I talk to North …

Episode 44: houseplant trends at the Garden Museum

April 13th, 2018


When Alice Vincent asked me to take part in a panel discussion at the Garden Museum about houseplant trends past, present and future, I couldn't have …

Episode 43: Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn

April 6th, 2018


It all started with a single fiddle leaf fig. Now Summer Rayne Oakes has hundreds of houseplants in her Brooklyn apartment, plus a chicken. Yes a chicken! I talk to Summer Rayne about how it all began, how to keep …

Episode 42: Behind the Seeds with Mohamed Osman

March 30th, 2018


Jane Perrone talks to Mohamed Osman, who began to create an indoor jungle in his apartment in Cairo while recuperating from a heart attack.

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Episode 41: the Maranta group - Maranta, Calathea, Stromanthe and Ctenanthe

March 23rd, 2018


The Maranta group, aka the prayer plants, all share an incredible plant superpower: they can open and shut their leaves. They're also one of THE houseplants of the moment, because they all have intricately patterned …

Episode 40: cats and houseplants

March 16th, 2018


Can cats and houseplants happily coexist in your home? Jane Perrone finds out what plants are - and aren't - safe for cats. And the Q&A covers a …

Episode 39: Matt Candeias, In Defense of Plants podcast

March 9th, 2018


I talk to Matt Candeias, host of botanically brilliant podcast In Defense of Plants about everything from why we're both serial Begonia killers to why his family have finally stopped buying him moth orchids for his …

Episode 38: Perrone's kitchen houseplant tour

March 2nd, 2018


I blabber on about houseplants every week on On The Ledge, but I thought it was about time I gave you a room-by-room account of the houseplants I own. I start this week with the kitchen, where I have more than 25 plants …

Episode 37: kokedama

February 23rd, 2018


I talk to florist and planting designer Carolyn Dunster about the ancient Japanese art of kokedama and answer listener questions about aphids and a …

Episode 36: houseplant sowalong special

February 16th, 2018


In early January I made a resolution for 2018 that I would grow as many houseplants from seed as possible. Fast forward a month and a half and I'm …

Episode 35: hydroponics

February 9th, 2018


Kevin Espiritu of gives the lowdown on what hydroponics is, how it works and what you need to get started. Plus a listener question …

Episode 34: Isabel Hardman

February 2nd, 2018


In her day job, Isabel Hardman is immersed in the serious world of politics, but she's also a botany nut. That's why she set up the …

Episode 33: Q&A special

January 26th, 2018


I'm tackling questions about how to divide Alocasias, whether golden pothos can hang as well as climb, and more.

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Episode 32: the venus flytrap

January 18th, 2018


Venus flytraps - Latin name Dionea muscipula - are fascinating, fun, but infuriating when they just won't stay alive for long. I turned to Tom Bennet …

Episode 31: the Tradescantia group

January 12th, 2018


The Tradescantia group isn't some kind of sketchy set of illuminati figures worthy of a Dan Brown novel, it's a group of houseplants with a plethora of different names: inch plants, spiderworts, purple heart, teddy bear …

Episode 30: New Year's Resolutions

January 5th, 2018


What's on your houseplant wishlist for 2018? I share my plans for the coming year, and pass on plant-related resolutions from listeners and other …

Episode 29: Christmas houseplants

December 22nd, 2017


When days are short, gloomy and cold, there's a lot to be said for fixating on your indoor plants. And Christmas is a great excuse to treat yourself …

Episode 28: Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, the Houseplant Guru

December 15th, 2017


Lisa Eldred Steinkopf is the Houseplant Guru: she describes herself as being a little obsessed with houseplants although I know that she’s under-exaggerating for effect! I chatted to Lisa about her huge plant …

Episode 27: Buying houseplants

December 8th, 2017


The thrill of buying new houseplants quickly turns to horror when the plant promptly drops all its leaves once you get it home. Jane Perrone gives her top tips for taking care of newly-bought houseplants, from the shop …

Episode 26: Old houseplants

December 1st, 2017


Houseplants come, houseplants go, but there are some that stick with you through thick and thin. I've talked to people about the longlived leafy friends: where they came from, how they kept them going and what they mean …

Episode 25: Watering

November 24th, 2017


It's easy to overwater houseplants, especially at this time of year when many of them are having a rest, temperatures and light levels are lower and less water's required. In this episode, I look at a few of the thorny …

Episode 24: Prick cactus shop and Gynelle Leon

November 17th, 2017


On The Ledge heads for the big smoke to talk to Gynelle Leon and find out more about her fabulous cactus and succulent shop, Prick. For full show …

Episode 23: Mr Plant Geek, Michael Perry

November 10th, 2017


My guest this week is Mr Plant Geek, aka Michael Perry. We discuss the big trends in houseplants, why we should be growing cacti from seed, and why …

Episode 22: Q&A special

October 19th, 2017


All those nagging houseplant questions - why is my succulent leggy and wan? What kind of Monstera do I really have? Why is my Pilea looking peaky? - …

Episode 21: Alys Fowler

October 13th, 2017


Alys Fowler is a gardener and garden writer who I first met when she became the gardening columnist at the Guardian, and I was gardening editor. Her …

Episode 20: Margaret Roach

October 7th, 2017


Margaret Roach of has a garden of two-plus acres in New York state, yet she still manages to find time for houseplants. We find out about her obsession with caudiciform (or "fat") plants and compare …

Episode 19: fungus gnats

September 29th, 2017


Fungus gnats float about your houseplants in clouds and ruin the cool indoor jungle vibe you’ve been aiming for. I find out what they are, what they …

Episode 18: preparing succulents and cacti for winter

September 23rd, 2017


Well, autumn is here which means it's time to start getting your succulents and cacti winter-ready. It's also time to start preparing the Christmas …

Episode seventeen: seeking Pilea peperomioides - the Chinese money plant

September 15th, 2017


Instagram is awash with it; but where do you lay your hands on a specimen of the Chinese money plant, Pilea peperomioides? Despite the Chinese money …

Episode sixteen: grow your own avocado plant

September 8th, 2017


If you've blown your houseplant budget for the year on a beautiful Boston fern or a towering Euphorbia, this week's show will help you get your new …

Episode fifteen: Cactus with Dan Torre

September 1st, 2017


In this week’s show I explore the world’s love-hate relationship with cacti, find out why one Australian state banned them altogether, and ponder …

Episode fourteen: balcony gardening with Alice Vincent

August 3rd, 2017


This week I want take a look at that inbetween space for plants - the balcony. It’s not quite indoors, but not really outdoors either - the spot where houseplants and herbs, bamboo and begonias meet. And who better to …

Episode 13: James Wong

July 21st, 2017


Ethnobotanist James Wong has got some really thought-provoking things to say about why we grow the houseplants we do - think of the ubiquitous spider plant and umbrella plant - and predictions about where houseplant …

Episode 12: Robin Stockwell, the Succulent Guy

July 7th, 2017


The Succulent Guy aka Robin Stockwell is the man credited with making succulents sexy. I talk to Robin about his legendary - and enormous - globe of …

Episode eleven: plants for bathrooms, feat. Tillandsias

June 24th, 2017


This week's show takes a confessional turn from the start when I admit I have NOT ONE PLANT in my bathroom. It's mainly because I lack a windowsill in there, but this really is no excuse. I talk to plantsman Robbie …

Episode 10: conservatories with Anne Wareham

June 13th, 2017


Conservatories have got an image problem... gardener Anne Wareham got so fed up with hers she had it knocked down and rebuilt. I talk to Anne about how she planned her new conservatory and her cunning an thrifty …

Episode nine: Get Plants by Katherine Price

May 31st, 2017


On The Ledge goes back to basics this week: I interview writer and gardener Katherine Price about her new book Get Plants: How to Bring Green Into …

Episode 8: the Chelsea Flower Show 2017

May 23rd, 2017


I spent two days at the Chelsea Flower Show and managed to meet a few fellow houseplant fans and grab interviews with some of the experts displaying …

Episode 7: growing chillies indoors

May 12th, 2017


I talk to a newbie chilli grower who has taken the pursuit of chilli greatness almost as seriously as he takes his job as an Apache helicopter pilot, and chilli expert David Floyd, author of chilli guide book 101 …

Episode 6: pots

April 28th, 2017


This week's show is all about containers for your plants - learning about their history with cultural historian Dr Catherine Horwood and discussing …

Episode 5: how not to kill your houseplant with Veronica Peerless

April 6th, 2017


I find out what yellowing leaves mean in a houseplant, confess to sawing a peace lily in half and get the lowdown on plant pests from Veronica …

Episode four: microgreens

March 29th, 2017


My guest this week is the lovely Mark Diacono of Otter Farm in Devon in the southwest of the UK - a grower, food and garden writer and microgreen enthusiast. I get busy sowing pea shoots, and answer a question about …

Episode three: office plants

March 21st, 2017


I find out about all the gross things office workers do to their plants with horticulturist Lou Nicholls; tap the expertise of Christopher Satch, …

Episode two: Monstera deliciosa, the Swiss cheese plant

March 13th, 2017


This week we move from the enclosed world of the terrariums of last week's show to the weird, wild world of Monstera deliciosa, aka the Swiss cheese plant or split leaf philodendron. I answer a question about a poorly …

Episode one: terrariums

February 28th, 2017


In the last decade, miniature worlds under glass have gone from zero to hero: time was when a terrarium was a dusty bottle on your nan’s nicknack table - now you see them everywhere, from coffee shops to office …

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