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The Houseplant Coach

English, Homes/Interior/Gardening, 1 season, 242 episodes, 4 days, 22 hours, 14 minutes
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Get to the root of your houseplant problems with The Houseplant Coach! Whether you're a new plant parent or have a decades-old indoor jungle, you'll learn fabulous things. Join 'professional plant nerd' Veronica as she explores the not-so-common answers to many common houseplant maladies.
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Episode 241 - When to fertilize after repotting :)

I get this question a lot, so here’s the answer! :)
5/25/202456 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 240 - Nutrient deficiencies and interveinal chlorosis

Skip to 16:30 for the actual science, but start at the beginning for cute stories about my kid :) The main takeaway here is that fertilizing your plants is good for YOUR mental health (and their health too!). Publication referenced is posted at https://members.ohhappyplants.... - member site is free!!!
5/6/20241 hour, 20 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 239 - Why (light) direction matters!

The mechanics of sunlight direction :)
5/1/202418 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 238 - Medieval “Science” and Root Mealies 🤣

Go to 27:30 to skip story time! But also: thank you for the privilege of nerding out for your benefit 💚
4/22/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 237 - Time to fertilize!!! Plus: sale announcement :)

Hey! Get fertilizing! The light is back, now is TIME! Plus: 2-gallon soil bags on sale - 30% off and TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! Sale ends 4/15/24 at like 11:30pm PST. Also the last like 5-10min is a grief update; may be useful if you lose a spouse in the future, I don’t know 🙃
4/15/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 236 - How to Water Oh Happy Dirt

Here are some watering tips, tricks for putting in non-draining containers (gasp!), and some updates :)
3/19/202453 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 235 - Peat - hydrophobic or too wet?

I got a question from a podcast listener today about peat - does it retain water or repel it? Here’s more info!
2/23/202445 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 234 - Sneaky mites…

Learn to spot spider mites in a few more ways :)
2/22/20248 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 233 - What’s brown and sticky?

A stick! This one is about pruning ficus trees - specifically, how to tell when your twigs are dead, and how far back to prune them :)
2/17/202411 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 232 - What’s the perfect soil?

Answer: It depends! Let’s dig in :)
2/14/202446 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 231 - What does mycorrhizal inoculant do, anyway?

Here’s a tiny fraction of the info available about why I use mycorrhizal inoculant in soil!
2/4/202447 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 230 - Cactus fungus!

Here’s some info on a rust infection on a cute little cactus :)
1/23/202436 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 229 - DrySoils on sale!

Just an announcement - DrySoils are on sale for 40% off through the end of the month! (January 20th 2024, starting at 3pm PST, through January 31st).
1/20/20244 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 228 - New Year’s Resolutions :)

Just a quick one :)
1/2/20249 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 227 - Floppy Sansevierias!

Here’s your annual floppy sansevieria rant. If your sansevieria isn’t happy to see you, here are some key ways to perk it up ;)
12/20/202344 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 226 - Sale announcement!

Hey folks! Tl; dr: Oh Happy Plants will have sales in January and (probably) March. I’ve decided to skip the sale this month so you can focus your energy on holidays. If you want OHP products for a gift, ask for a gift card! Then use it on the January sale to get that discount ❤️ This episode is a little bit about plants, with lots of updates and ranting about how I want everyone to own a small business if they want that. And also: I love you. Huge gratitude for supporting me through the hardest year of my life ❤️
12/14/202359 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 225 - Black Friday Boycott :)

11/21/20239 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 224 - It’s almost that season!

Poinsettias - originally known to the Aztecs as Cuetlaxochitl (language: Nahuatl) - are tricky little b@stards. Get to know them a little better and learn some tricks in this episode!
11/11/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 223 - When and how to bring plants indoors :)

Skip to the ~27 minute mark if you want plant content only (and stop at ~75ish) :)
10/10/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 222 -

Got soil mites? You might, if you’ve purchased a plant in the last few months! Take a breath - they’re beneficial! But if you don’t want them in your house, they’re easy to get rid of. And yes, I’m trying to find the source; they’ve shown up in plants from three local plant shops so far and I’m working on finding the growers who is selling the plants :)
9/21/202310 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 221 - Aerial Root Takeover :D

Are they aerial roots or an attempt at global domination? Here’s a discussion of what aerial roots are for, when they show up, and a touch of complete silliness (or twelve).
9/6/202325 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 220 - Q&A: Should I re-pot my Thanksgiving cactus in September?

The question: my Thanksgiving cactus is looking a a bit sad, but it’s going to bloom soon. Should I re-pot now or wait?
9/4/202346 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 219 - No time to re-pot?

If your plants are done with the soil mix and pot size they’re in, but need a little ‘oomph,’ try out this super easy method to get them kicking ass again :)
8/22/202310 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 218 - Propagating plants for fundraisers!

Sorry for the delay, this took me 3 tries to record due to mic issues. If you want to skip the life updates and rants to get straight to the content, go to the 30 minute mark ❤️
8/3/20231 hour, 38 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 218 - Propagating plants for fundraisers :)

Here are some propagation tips for making TONS of babies to sell for fundraisers, etc. No info included about patented plants or nursery licenses - info provided at your own risk (and I fully support disrupting capitalism but this is in NO WAY legal advice, hehe).
7/1/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 217 - How to deal with a large scale pest infestation

Thumbnail photo is a wee froghopper we found on a bunch of flowers, not an aphid - it’s just what I had right now, sorry :)
6/23/202327 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 216 - Yellow speckles on old pothos leaves?

Does your potholes have yellow speckles on its oldest leaves? This is probably manganese toxicity. Here’s what to do.
5/24/202327 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 215 - When should I fertilize?

When should you fertilize after bringing home a new plant? What about throughout the year? Here are some tips for liquids and slow release fertilizers. Plus a picture of Drumstick, fascinated with a caterpillar he found today :)
5/19/20231 hour, 7 seconds
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Episode 214 - Secret propagation method :)

How do you propagate a dracaena or aglaonema or dieffenbachia without beheading it? I got you ❤️
5/14/20239 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 213: Set yourself up for summer!

Wick systems, vacation tips, and self love! This episode cuts off at the end, sorry - got a damn call :/ Visit https://ohhappyplants.shop and find the AMEND Kit to see a fabulous, cheaper way to get OHP magic into your soil.
5/9/202340 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 212 - Root Hairs 😍

Root hairs make me want to snuggle plants! Go Google then; you’ll see what I mean. This is a discussion about root hair function, how to support them, and some brief life and product updates :)
5/2/20231 hour, 1 minute, 44 seconds
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Episode 211 - ‘Hardening Off’ and Plant Sunburn

Here’s a little info about putting plants outside as the weather warms up :)
4/10/202321 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 210 - Pest Diagnosis!

It’s that time again! In this episode I go through the most common houseplant pests, quick description of recommended treatment, and diagnostic tips :)
3/29/202356 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 209 - Staghorns, grace, and soil sales :)

Staghorn ferns drink a lot - here are some tips for growing them :)
3/19/202318 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 208 - Latin pronunciation and not being a snob

Just nerding out on etymology while I package up mustard meal :)
3/9/202320 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 207 - Grief Plants (the ones that lived)

Here are some tips for setting yourself up for months of near-paralysis without killing all of your plants.
2/27/202336 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 206 - Actinomycetes and seed meals

Another episode about your plant’s ‘gut’ :) Includes info about mustard meal (which kills fungus gnats!)
2/18/202314 minutes, 1 second
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Springtime adjustments, soil mixing pdf!

Just a few reminders and announcements on this sunny spring day :)
2/14/20236 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 204 - The Ladybug Update

🐞 1500 ladybugs, 6 days later.
2/8/202342 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 203 - Start your damn business!

This one is a business episode - we talk personality profiles, hiring, fear, minimum viable product, ADHD business hacks, and more. Major pep talk today. Also, you get to hear my reaction to finding mating ladybugs in my house at the very end. No, I’m not making ladybug porn now. They get their privacy :)
2/7/202357 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 202 - 1500 Ladybugs

I released 1500 ladybugs in my house last week…
2/5/202321 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 201 - Dracaena tip and updates

Start at the 15 minute mark to avoid grief talk and updates ❤️ Here’s a tip for a new Dracaena marginata, as well as a few announcements from OHP!
1/19/202326 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 200 - Seasonal plant purchasing and more!

Okay, if you want to avoid grief tips, skip to the 13 minute mark :) This one has a lot of updates but mostly is about what to look for when buying plants in spring after growers have had less light all winter, as well as tips for folks struggling with plant care. Unrelated photo is of a bucket of Oh Happy Dirt defying gravity like a total boss. Mycorrhizal boss moves, son!
1/3/202345 minutes
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Episode 199 - Ready to get fertilizing again?

The light is coming back! Be prepared :)
12/27/202213 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 198 - Arctic Blasts

Dealing with extreme cold? Here are a few tips for your houseplants.
12/21/202224 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 197 - Scared to mix soil?

Here’s some reassurance!
12/12/202217 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 196 - Mental illness and plant care

Tis the season - lots of us are struggling. Let’s talk mental crap and how it impacts our best intentions for our plants.
12/11/202219 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 195 - Thermal load, ZZ tips, and a future project

This replaces a previous episode with corrupted audio. This one’s about the thermal load of water and how it can affect plants, some tips on getting a ZZ to grow, and a long-winded rant about a project I want to get started on :)
12/1/202239 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 194 - Winter leaf loss - normal? Nope!

11/30/202211 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 193 - A different use for spinosad

Spinosad soil drenches, gift card sales, and an update 💚
11/27/202234 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 192 - OHP Sale is on! Plus weirdo holiday ideas.

I do Christmas trees real strange. Follow on IG for pictures, I’m sure I’ll post some :) Also, gift cards are 25% off at https://ohhappyplants.shop!
11/21/202221 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 191 - How to tell if a plant is “thirsty”

If you go ask the internet if the plant you just bought is a “thirsty” plant, you’ll likely get a hundred different opinions. That’s because those people live in a hundred different houses, with a hundred different microclimates! Learn how to figure this answer out here :)
11/20/202231 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 190 - Grief (trigger warning)

Trigger warning: loss of spouse.
11/10/202215 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 189 - Planty Shenanigans

Today it’s all about experiments with rooting things sideways. Wish me luck!
10/27/202218 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 188 - “Tolerant of Low Light” is Pure BS

You heard me. Here’s more info, including info on how to bring your sansevierias back from the brink.
10/26/202216 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 187 - Root Rot and Common Pest Issues

That’s it, folks, gotta warm up after the cold plunge 🤣
10/25/202220 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 186 (take 2): Supporting highly variegated plants :)

Thai con getting brown spots on the white spots? Learn how to prevent it!
10/24/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 185 (take 2): Leaves and Light

Are your leaves growing in at preposterous angles, but they’re still healthy? Light your plants like they’re in a jungle, not on a stage! Here’s what to adjust :)
10/24/202223 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 184 - CAM and other plant magic :)

Crassulacean acid metabolism is an important thing to have an awareness of when growing desert and epiphytic plants. Learn more here :)
10/20/202216 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 183 - Respectful Plant Parenting

I see folks posting on social media about issues their spouses or roommates have with their houseplants. Sometimes it’s a case of someone being a jerk, and sometimes WE could be more respectful. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years :)
10/19/202244 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 182 - Winter Begonia Care

Here are a few key tips for caring for a a begonia in the winter :)
10/15/202225 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 181 - Silica!

Quickie today because I’m sitting in an ice bath. Yay silica!
10/9/202210 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 180 - Recognizing signs of pests and drought

Learn about these signs of pests and drought (see photo for more). A lot of this episode is about ADHD tips, new courses coming out, and more :)
10/4/202244 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 179 - Interested in starting a small business?

This episode is an ask - I need your help! Even if you’re not about to start a small business I’d love to hear from you. 💚 Drumstick photo just because 😁
9/28/20225 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 178 - Sulfur!

Sulfur is considered the 4th (or 5th, if you count calcium) plant “macronutrient.” Learn more about its role within plants, what deficiencies look like, and sulfur mobility within the soil in this episode.
9/26/202244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 177 - PSA: Plants & Cold Temps

When do you move your plants inside? Stop guessing on this one with one easy step. My foolproof orchid care method included!
9/18/202230 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 176 - Don’t repot a drought stressed plant!

Drought stressed plants should be bright back to health prior to repotting for best chance of success :)
9/16/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 175 - Re-potting Huge Plants (part 2)

Some more tips for your ginomous planties!
9/13/202225 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 174 - Repotting Huge Plants (and watering/soil tips)

Just a few tips on repotting giant plants, some grow light info, and the #1 cause of plant issues for folks new to houseplants. Enjoy!
9/9/202244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 173 - Fall, moss poles, and starting a business

Rando episode because it’s part time to record another. I’m starting on a moss pole project and wanted to tell you about it (videos incoming), and also wanted to let you know that starting a business is totally in your wheelhouse. Plus a few reminders for growth/repotting during this time of year.
9/4/202244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 172 - Considerations for the End of Summer

What should we be thinking about as summer wraps up? Space, pests, fertilizer, and light!
8/19/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 171 - Generosity and Boundaries in Business

Another business episode - this one on God boundaries and being generous :)
8/12/202215 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 170 - Plant App PSA

Here’s an episode on why avoiding plant apps leads to a better green thumb.
8/8/202240 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 169 - Peperomia disease!

Learn about common peperomia diseases and easy disease management tips :)
8/8/202226 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 168 - Starting a Houseplant Business?

Okay, if you want to go straight to the actual info, go to minute 8 - the first seven are a life update because I’ve been absent. In this episode we’re going to touch on things like business differentiation, market research, minimum viable product, and how the world doesn’t need another “modern plant shop” 🤣 Photo: where OHP magic is made :)
8/1/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 167 - “Bright Indirect” Lies

Where does the term “bright indirect” come from, and why are you being misled? Here’s the info :)
7/25/202244 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 166 - Holy heck, what happened to summer?

This is shenanigans, announcements, and some encouragement to go love on yourself. Enjoy :)
7/21/202243 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 165 - Firing Leaves

I talk about this a lot but haven’t put together a dedicated episode yet - here it is! This is a drought adaptation that I’ve seen in every single plant species I’ve paid attention to. Here’s the why behind this behavioral pattern, and how you should use this information :)
7/1/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 164 - Terracotta vs. Everything Else

Do you love terra cotta pottery? Hate it? For me, it’s not a question of aesthetic but one of utility. Learn how I use terra cotta pots strategically to improve plant health.
6/29/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 163 - DEATH PLUGS and why they’re not ;)

6/27/202243 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 162 - SUMMER!

Are you changing your care for summertime? Here are some things to think about during this seasonal transition.
6/27/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 161 - Growth After Repotting

Okay, you repotted your plant because someone told you that’s why it wasn’t growing. A week or two later there’s still no new growth. What’s going on? Here are some answers.
6/16/202245 minutes
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Episode 160 - The Nonsense Episode

Moving plants around, chopping things up, and self care!
6/9/202228 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 159 - Why Isn’t Your Plant Growing?

The four horsemen of the planty growth apocalypse: light, water, heat, and nutrients! Listen in for more :)
6/7/202245 minutes
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Episode 158 - The Secret to Chonks

Time to plug in your heat mats, folks!
6/4/202234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 157 - Foliar Feeding

Should you do it? Does it make a difference? Here’s a bunch of info about foliar feeding :)
6/2/202243 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 156 - Chopstick Aeration (don’t do it)

A lot of folks aerate their soil with chopsticks, but I’m going to go ahead and argue that a good soil doesn’t EVER need it. Learn why in this episode.
5/24/202235 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 155 - Grow Lights!

I just put some more grow lights up yesterday! Here are some tips on placement and other considerations, as well as my recommendations for brands.
5/20/202243 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 154 - On dead leaves and perfection.

Yeah, there are dead leaves in my house right now - because plants don’t tolerate my bullshit. Let’s take a lesson from plants, shall we?
5/17/202214 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 153 - Scale!

In this episode we go through scale infestations - diagnosing then, treating them, dealing with co-morbidities, and the usual pep talk because this isn’t a dealbreaker 💚
5/15/202244 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 152 - More fungus gnat treatments!

A complement to our first fungus gnat episode - I’ve learned more so here it is :)
5/11/202220 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 151 - Microphytic Crust!

Learn a bit about desert soils! This is kind of an excerpt from our upcoming soil mixing class. Kind of. Also, apologies for the end of the episode, was trying to turn my alarm off and hit stop on the recording. This silly app doesn’t allow you to restart a recording, so here’s where we end 🤣
5/9/202228 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 150 - Announcing CLASSES!!!

Classes with the Houseplant Coach will be available soon! Find out more on FB and IG, @ohhappyplants
5/6/202235 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 149 - How to Choose a Snake Plant!

I bought a plant today and I’m here to tell you all about how I picked this baby. He’s absolutely perfect and gorgeous 😍
5/5/202244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 148 - Root Rot and more!

Hi everyone! This one’s on root rot, repotting, and sheer nonsense, with the usual smattering of info about hydrogen bonds, relative humidity, plant respiration, and (GASP) pots with no drain holes 🤣 And yes, lots of cursing in this one ;)
5/3/202244 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 147 - Bringing plants outside this summer!

We’re talking temp and light today! Plus a Drumstick update and ways to work with OHP :)
4/22/202231 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 146 - Alocasias having babies, Drumstick update

Quick tip on alocasia corms and an update on Drumstick: we’re not quite out of the woods but it’s looking up. HUGE thanks for all of your support!
4/22/20229 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 145 - The Drumstick Episode

Hi everyone. I have some sad news: Drumstick is sick. We’re running a fundraiser for some hefty vet bills, and if you’re able to help or share, we would really appreciate it
4/20/202214 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 144 - Leave That Algae Alone!

Here’s permission to stop cleaning your prop glasses :)
4/19/20228 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 143 - Q&A: Leaf Sheaths!

Learn about the function of leaf sheaths in this episode :)
4/18/202233 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 142 - Q&A: How do I water Oh Happy Dirt?

Learn about the differences between our soils and the standard fare, as well as tips on watering your plants.
4/17/202244 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 141 - Q&A: Should I put leca in soil?

Here’s another question - should leca be a part of our soil mixes? Learn more in this episode!
4/14/202229 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 140 - Q&A: Browning Tips!

Some causes of browning tips and diagnostic help :)
4/13/202229 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 139 - “Just the Tip” and Other Lies

We’re here to talk watering fallacies, get your mind out of the gutter! 🤣
4/11/202245 minutes
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Episode 138 - Worm Castings 😁

Info on worm castings, specifically nutrient density and %s to use in soil :)
3/30/202221 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 137 - A different kind of plant business idea :)

Talking plant business ideas and soil health today :)
3/29/202223 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 136 - Moving MASSIVE plants!

We’re picking up an 11’ tall ponytail palm today! Watch for a new tutorial video :D
3/28/202218 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 135 - When to use a moss pole!

Moss poles are another of those popular trends that’s not as useful or necessary as most people think. Bringing home a a monstera? Don’t feel obligated to rush out and buy a pole right away!
3/24/202244 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 134 - On stewardship, outdoor gardening, and biochar magic :)

Even if you don’t have a patch of earth to dig into right now, this may be a valuable episode for you. Not interested? Just listen to the first few minutes for the bird calls :)
3/23/202244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 133 - Garden Center and Grocery Store Finds

Okay, hold on for some tangents - this one covers grocery store plant hacks (ginger and taro, anyone?), garden center finds that can be brought indoors, and the near obligatory anti-drought rant plus info on signaling hormones, plant screams, and - GET THIS, folks - a recommendation for a book that covers houseplant care basics!!! I’m so grateful to Raffaele for writing a book on houseplant care basics that I can actually recommend. 99% of his advice is what I’d say myself, so now I can work on the book I’m actually writing instead of a care manual that’s more often requested. Major thanks, Raffaele! 💚
3/16/202244 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 132 - Air Layering!

It’s almost time! Learn about air layering: how, when, and why to do it!
3/11/202232 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 131 - Conventional Fertilizers

So this one is about licking marshes. No, not really, just hang in there. Here’s why I don’t use or promote conventional fertilizers, and a LOT of goofiness along with it :)
2/21/202224 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 130 - Embracing ‘Fallow’

It used to be common practice to leave a piece of land unused for a season - when we would retreat indoors for our season of rest. We’ve forgotten how to do that, and it shows. If you’re feeling it, this episode is for you.
2/19/202224 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 129 - Is it repotting or self care?

Making sure my plants are in appropriate-sized pots is a form of self care for me. Here’s more info :)
2/16/202243 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 128 - Cystoliths

Oh my god you guys, my mind was just blown because plants are so smart. Cystoliths, formerly known as nature’s trash cans, are NOT just that! They’re totally useful! Listen in for more :D
2/14/202230 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 127 - Q&A: Are Mycelium a Fertilizer?

Nope! Here’s more info :)
2/11/202217 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 126 - Set your plants up for success!

Learn how I set my plants up for success through a little self knowledge and a lot of knowledge of what tools are available in the plant care world.
2/7/202241 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 125 - Understanding Dormancy, part 2

Part two on dormancy: lethal consequences!
2/2/202236 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 124 - Exploring Dormancy, part 1

Digging into dormancy - this episode begins with a discussion of different types of dormancy.
2/2/202243 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 123 - DIRT! Part 2

Learn more about soil ingredients, good mixes, and other tips! For info on specific ingredients, see episode 5 :)
1/31/202236 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 122 - Strings of Pearls (part 2)

The end of the last episode :D
1/27/202212 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 121 - Strings of Pearls (part 1)

We’re talking strings of pearls! This is part one because I forgot there was a time limit on recordings 🤣
1/27/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 120 - Fiddles!

Fiddle leaf figs are super easy plants, with a few tips! Veronica has cared for tiny fiddles in 4” pots and MASSIVE fiddles planted in atriums. Here’s her best advice :)
1/26/202244 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 119 - Grow Light Recommendation!

It’s exactly that - here’s a rec for grow bulbs!
1/23/202213 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 118 - On Self-Love and Plants

You deserve to treat yourself well, and your plants deserve it too!
1/23/202231 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 117 - Lumens vs Foot-Candles

Here’s a question from our voicemail! To leave us a message, just hit ‘record’ at https://Ohhappyplants.com/podcast
1/20/202232 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 116 - How to deal with a frozen plant

Have you ever frozen a houseplant? Here’s info on the cause of the damage, how to prevent it, and what to do if you find a cold damaged plant.
1/16/202225 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 115 - Direct Planting WITHOUT Drainage Holes

Yep, we’re going taboo for this one! Here are some things to think about when considering direct planting in a pot without drainage.
1/15/202242 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 114 - Herbs!

We’re talking herbs, Oregon grape (pictured), and even a soup recipe!
1/13/202227 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 113 - Plant Apps and Community

1/13/202225 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 112 - Upcoming Videos!

1/11/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 111 - It’s Orchid Time!

Learn (most of) my best tips for caring for your orchid plants here :)
1/11/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 110 - Choosing the Right Soil, part 2

I promise I get to the point in this one. Lots of tangents (let’s be honest, it’s 37 minutes of tangents) and plenty of tips :)
1/10/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 109 - Choosing Soil, part 1

“The right soil” as prescribed may not be what you need. Learn more about choosing soil here. Park two coming shortly :)
1/10/202231 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 108 - For Aspiring Plant Parents

Some tips for those of you just starting out :)
1/7/202244 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 107 - Begonias, acclimation, and politics?

1/6/202223 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 106 - It’s SPRING!

This is the new year episode, and it’s SPRING! Today we’re talking about self love, roots, and expectations. And Drumstick :)
1/3/202243 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 105 - Get Creative!

Apologies for the disjointedness and distractions; recording during a school break is pure chaos :) This one is about bringing a bit more creativity into our plant life :)
12/24/202138 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 104 - The LECA Episode!

More tips and tricks about using clay pebbles!
12/17/202137 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 103 - “Water When Dry”

This instruction is commonly misinterpreted - here’s what it means! We also go into strings of things and why yours might look wimpy.
12/13/202110 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 102 - How do you research your plants?

When you look up a plant’s care online, often you’ll see a hundred articles that recommend “medium light” or “low water.” These terms don’t mean a thing! Learn a bit about how to find and use information about plants in this episode :)
12/9/202124 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 101 - Thirsty B*tches

How do you deal with excessively thirsty plant? Here are some tips from the houseplant coach!
12/2/202140 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 100 - Butt Chugging!

Oh look, it’s EPISODE 100!!! Today we’re talking bottom watering, bunny rabbits, medieval “science,” and other nonsense. Enjoy!
11/30/202133 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 99 - Brilliant Bromeliads!

Learn about bromeliad care, reblooming, and more!
11/27/202121 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 98 - #1 Ficus Tip

What’s my biggest tip for any ficus? Listen in to learn! Also, the OHP shop is 25# off Saturday through Monday!
11/26/20219 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 97 - Happy Thanksgiving!

A little holiday reassurance, and a sale announcement!
11/25/20214 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 96 - Quarantine

How do you effectively quarantine your new plants? A lot of folks misinterpret this as a solution instead of a tool to be used with other tools. Let’s dig in.
11/21/202123 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 95 - When to re-pot!

We all start out repotting plants WAY too often. Here are my criteria for the right time to repot a plant.
11/20/202113 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 94 - Aspidistra Care and Colonization

Today we’ve got a challenge question: do you know where your favorite plant came from and what they call it in their native tongue? Most of us don’t - let’s learn! Also, here are my aspidistra tips :)
11/19/202139 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 92 - Grassland Soil!

We’ve had a request! Here’s an explanation of the thought process behind one of our soil blends, Grassland :)
11/17/202144 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 93 - Our Friend the Soil Mite

Learn about soil mite eradication (if you MUST) here, and get some info on current challenges in the house plant distribution world.
11/17/202111 minutes
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Episode 91 - Soil, watering, and pets!

Today we’re talking a bit more about soil physics in relation to soil choices and watering, as well as houseplant toxicity :)
11/14/202134 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 90 - The Inverse Square Law and Dopamine Hacks

Weird episode today - it’s about light and neurodiversity!
11/14/202130 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 89 - Planty Businesses: Artisans and Wholesalers

Are you a plant artisan or wholesaler? This one’s for you! Also includes a fabulous product announcement - we’re about to start carrying a bacterial inoculant for your roots!
11/9/202122 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 88 - Pepperomia blight and affiliates!

Exciting announcements, and pepperomia blight!
11/9/202140 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 87 - 10pm Planty Nonsense :)

When to use OHP products, business building info, fiddly tips, and nonsense!
11/7/202144 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 86 - Water Your Birds!

Bird of paradise info, and the requisite silliness when recording a podcast at 10pm :)
11/6/202141 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 85 - Tomentum, Trichomes and Nonsense

Yep, here’s Veronica with way too much energy because she just learned a thing. Enjoy!
11/4/202110 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 84 - Leaf Spot, Not Root Rot

Leaf issues are commonly attributed to overwatering and root pathogens, but that’s often not the case. Learn more here.
11/3/202123 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 83 - Amazing Alocasias

How do you keep your alocasia happy? Learn Veronica’s tips here :)
11/3/202126 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 82 - Surviving a Freeze

Power outages in the winter are no fun, but we can be prepared! Here are a few tips to keep your plants happy through winter.
11/2/202112 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 81 - How to Use a Hygrometer

Why do I keep hygrometers around if I don’t have humidifiers? Learn how to use them as a tool in this episode.
11/2/202134 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 80 - Don’t chop your variegation!

Hey all! Let’s talk about keeping those fully white or pink leaves instead of assuming the worst and chopping them off. Full variegation isn’t a death sentence if you learn how to support it! Photo of my silly pupper because I said I would :)
11/2/202128 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 79 - Little Yellow Pen*ses

This is a question I see every day - what are these tiny yellow d*cks growing out of my plant pot?!? Meet Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, the yellow houseplant mushroom. Warning: toxic to humans and pets!
10/31/202129 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 78 - Avoiding Alocasia Dormancy

Is your alocasia going dormant? Learn how to avoid this unnecessary adaptation, plus more tips about alocasias :)
10/30/202131 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 77 - Super Exciting Announcements!

We’ve got a voicemail! We’re also taking consultation appointments, and we have a set of brand new products coming out!
10/30/202125 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 76 - Legal Nonsense in the Houseplant World :)

This is another that’s great info for consumers and also totally geared toward houseplant business owners - take a listen!
10/30/202135 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 75 - The Lemon Button Fern

Learn about this cutie, including native habitat, troubleshooting, and more!
10/29/202140 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 74 - Adjusting for Seasonal Change

Someone recently asserted that our plants are indoors, so it’s silly to think that seasonal change affects them. Here’s an episode breaking down seasonal change in our indoor micro-climates :)
10/17/202133 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 73 - Permission!

Here’s permission to go buy a plant right now. Or three ;)
10/17/20218 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 72 - Ficus propagation and diseases

Learn about ficus propagation, common ficus diseases, and general info about disease identification, control, and prevention in this episode :)
10/14/202144 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 71 - Re-potting and Fertilizing in Winter

To repot - or not? Learn more about winter plant care in this episode :)
9/30/202144 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 70 - Happy Little Pseudomonas :)

Okay, I want you to imagine a cute little flagellate bacterium wearing a safety vest, because these guys are FLUORESCENT! Today we bring you info on helpful bacteria, including the potential impact on global agriculture.
9/22/202144 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 69 - Houseplant Businesses, part 3

Here are some ideas for a houseplant business you could start tomorrow! Listen to the whole episode for info on WA state legalities though - treating pests is more complex than just bringing a sprayer and going to town.
9/21/202144 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 68 - String of Hearts Seeds!

Learn a bit about how Ceropegia woodii is pollinated, seed maturation, and propagation in this quick episode.
9/12/202110 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 67 - Choosing your very first plant :)

An episode to address the question “What’s a good plant for a new plant parent?”
9/12/202145 minutes
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Episode 66 - Q&A: Begonias and Blister Variegation

Woke up this morning and did a nose dive into research! This episode was a super fun jump into blister variegation :)
9/10/202131 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 65 - Moving plants inside in autumn :)

Here’s what to do when it’s time to move your plants indoors - everything from plant baths to adjusting your care! One note on cleaning your plants: be sure to check for beneficial buggos prior to giving your plant a bath. Butterfly eggs, wee spiders, etc, should all stay outside (unless you want to bring them in, of course!) :)
9/9/202143 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 64 - The Fabulous ZZ

Learn about ZZ plants, including basic care, native habitat, and plenty more!
9/8/202125 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 63 - Mealybug Madness :D

9/5/202127 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 62 - Fabulous Hoyas!

Learn about hoya propagation, resilience, and why they’re one of my favorites :)
9/4/202132 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 61 - A Study in Fungus

Learn about the link between sunlight, endogenous hormones, and fungal infections in this episode!
9/2/202144 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 60 - How Sub-Irrigation Works

We’ve gotten some questions about the mechanics of sub-irrigation systems, so today I put together a little primer on how these all work :)
8/20/202115 minutes
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Episode 59 - How to read a plant like a book

What kind of care did your plant have before it came home with you? Learn how to tell in this episode!
8/19/202122 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 58 - Root Goo!

Don’t worry about root goo on your water props! More info here, in the shortest podcast ever :D
8/10/20213 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 57 - Thrips!

Go scorched-earth on these a-holes the right way with the info in this episode 🤣
7/28/202133 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 56 - Houseplants vs. Chemicals

Alright, today we’re going to that famous NASA study about houseplants’ effect on VOCs/indoor air pollution. Long story short: yes, buy more plants - whether or not it makes a difference ;)
7/22/202123 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 55 - All Things Airflow :)

Why should we run fans for our plants? All kinds of reasons! Learn more here :)
7/19/202111 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 54 - Q&A: Grow Lights and Pole Dancing

How much light is too much? How should I train my plants on their poles? Dig in here :)
7/14/202139 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 53 - Starting a Plant Business (part 2)

Do you want to start a business in the plant world? YAY! Here’s an episode that’s one part brainstorm, one part coaching session (if you didn’t know, Veronica is also a small business coach). Links: https://startyourdamnbusiness.com https://members.ohhappyplants.online (pictured: Retreat Plant Company)
7/14/202144 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 52 - Begonias!

Are you a begonia killer? Guess what - I was too! Learn how to stop in this episode :)
7/13/202134 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 51 - Hate wiping leaves? Stop!

Learn about proper pest treatment methods - and why the right way isn’t overwhelming! (Pictured: Drumstick, the obvious star of the show)
7/11/202115 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 50 - Outside vs. Inside

Why does that plant thrive outside in “horrible conditions,” while your plants inside struggle? We’ve got your answers :)
7/9/202119 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 49 - Sub-Irrigation for Vacations and General Life Insanity

Want to spend less time watering your plants? ME TOO! Learn about all the different sub-irrigation methods I’ve used over the years, plus the usual tangents and ideas :)
7/7/202135 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 48 - Moss Pole Madness

An initial exploration of moss poles, including when to start using one, plant anatomy, and many DIY tips.
7/4/202144 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 47 - The Lazy Orchid Method

Loads of tangents in this one, but here’s the basic setup for Veronica’s signature Lazy Orchid Method(tm) (lol)
7/1/202144 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 46 - HEAT part two: UV index

No need to freak out about the current UV index numbers - we’ve seen it before!
6/28/20219 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 45 - HEAT!!!

Concerned about crazy heat waves affecting your houseplants? Don’t worry - adjusting your care is simple!
6/26/202120 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 44 - Hydathodes and Guttation!

Learn about this amazing adaptation here (and learn to recognize it so you don’t freak out)!
6/18/202116 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 43 - Sansevierias!

Little-known fact: these are NOT low light plants! They drink a lot in the right light, too :) Learn all things sansevieria right here!
6/15/202128 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 42 - Thrips!

Learn about these little vampires’ life cycle so you can eradicate them completely!
6/14/202127 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 41 - Putting Plants Outside

Learn a bit about sunburn and why putting your plants outside for the summer isn’t a great idea sometimes.
6/13/202115 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 40 - Moving with Houseplants

I'm moving! To celebrate, we're making a tutorial video with all of my tips and tricks from 7 years in the interiorscape industry :)
6/12/202111 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 39 - PSA: Mixing Peat into Potting Soil

Just a tidbit about mixing your own soil - sometimes less is more!
6/12/20217 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 38 - Yellowing leaves: beginner's guide

Here's another on yellowing leaves - a breakdown of possible causes, with solutions.
6/2/202126 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 37 - Overwatering = Drought

Learn why your plant shows symptoms of drought when it's rotting away in soggy soil.
5/18/202119 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 36 - Your plant's "gut"

Think of your plant's root system like the "gut" - it's a diverse microbial landscape in there! Understand more in this episode, complete with repotting tips and weird facts :)
5/15/202136 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 35 - Nitrogen-fixing plants and bacteria!

Let's all stop freaking out about things growing on our potted plants, eh?
5/11/20215 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 34 - "What would this look like if it were easy?"

A chat about self forgiveness, expectations, and systems - geared toward plant shop owners and employees, but helpful to any overwhelmed plant parent.
5/9/202117 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 33 - Spathiphyllum questions answered!

Peace lilies are either the easiest plant ever - or they won't stop fussing at you. Learn more about what all that fuss means in this episode!
5/9/202116 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 32 - Acclimation and repotting

Should you wait to re-pot or do it right away? Learn about this and more acclimation tips :)
5/7/202123 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 31 - Relationships, control freaks - and plants.

What if we approached every interaction with curiosity rather than expectation? Practice it with your plants, then apply it to other relationships :)
5/6/202112 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 30 - Part 1 - How to start a plant shop

Dreaming of starting a plant shop? This is the episode for you!
5/4/202144 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 29 - It's spring!

Some springtime adjustments to make in your plant care routine :)
5/3/202117 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode 28 - A Love Letter

I am SO GRATEFUL to everyone in the houseplant community! Y'all're fabulous!
5/2/20212 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 27 - SPIDER MITES!

Learn all things spider mites here - life cycle, treatment plan, different treatment options, and plants they commonly infest!
5/1/202143 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 26 - Garbage in your dirt?

Nope, that's not perlite - watch out for trash in your soil!
4/20/20218 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 25 - Fungus Gnats!

Here's why your gnat problem won't go away - and here's how to fix it!
4/20/202130 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 24 - Neem!

Learn about neem - how it works, potential dangers, and more!
4/12/202118 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 23 - Growth (mindsets and more)

Drink water, get sunlight: treat yourself like a plant. All "issues" are communication, whether they're coming from our plants or inside our own heads. Let's learn how to listen :)
4/7/202112 minutes, 22 seconds
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22 - Take a Vacation!

You deserve a vacation! Here's a tip on leaving your plants alone for a while :)
4/6/202114 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 21 - Phytochromes and phytohormones!

Learn how our smart little friends move toward and away from light, and respond to changes in daylight.
4/3/202120 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 20 - Midnight ramblings about rearranging plants

Bits of useful info but not too science heavy this time because I'm tired :)
3/30/202124 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 19 - Pothos, pythium, and phytophthora

Learn how to deal with a GORGEOUS pothos that totally craps out on you ten days after bringing it home.
3/24/202117 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 18 - Sansevierias!

Learn about Sansevieria (aka Dracaena, due to reclassification in 2017) needs and how to get to know your plant so you can care for it better.
3/23/202122 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 17 - The Nonsense Episode

Need a pep talk, with plenty of planty nerding thrown in there? Here you go!
3/23/202130 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 16 - Satin Pothos MAGIC

Just listen. And at the appropriate time, think of tiny chompy teeth.
3/20/20215 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 15 - Plant Patterns

Nature doesn't make mistakes!
3/20/202110 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 14 - Vermiculite vs. Perlite

Perlite is the devil and vermiculite is AMAZING.
3/18/20219 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 13 - Why praying harder isn't working ;)

This one's on prayer plants! Here are a few game changing tips to give your calatheas and other fussy bitches a kick :D
3/16/20217 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 12 - Calcium

Sometimes called 'the 4th plant macronutrient,' calcium is totally essential to plants! Here's an exceptionally poor explanation of how it moves around in plants, what it does, and some general encouragement to look a little closer at your fertilizer and soil labels :)
3/11/202119 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 11 - Fertilizer, part 1: The Big 3

Launching our fertilizer series with the planty macros: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium; with a pep talk from Veronica about systems, psychology (i.e. how damn fallible humans are), and encouragement to just fertilize already :D
3/10/202130 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 10 - Leaf yellowing, part 2

More on fungal/bacterial nonsense!
3/6/20219 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 9 - Yellowing leaves and planty immune systems

Nature doesn't make mistakes :)
3/6/202114 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 8 - Temperature and growth

Temperature has a LOT to do with growth! Learn more here.
3/5/20219 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 7 - Hygrometers and relative humidity

A breakdown of what hydrometers actually measure, and why 50% humidity doesn't always mean the same thing.
3/3/202114 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 6 - Extrafloral Nectaries

Learn how to get your plants to STOP IT ALREADY with this genius adaptation they invented :)
3/3/20218 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 5 - DIRT!

Learn about potting soil components and why perlite is THE DEVIL
3/2/202114 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 4 - On transitioning propagations

Learn a bit about the transition between water and soil, including an important tip that will help your plants thrive.
2/28/202111 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 3 - Cachepots and making things easy

I'm absolutely convinced that placing a nursery pot inside a cachepot is the best way to set up your houseplants for easy, no-fuss care. Learn more in this episode :)
2/26/202113 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 2 - Be a Croton

Is it drama or is it healthy boundaries? This one's all about crotons and self respect. Kind of.
2/26/202114 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 1: Repotting! Hydrogen bonds, soil physics, and just doing the thing.

Inaugural episode of The Houseplant Coach Podcast, where Veronica of Oh Happy Plants nerds out real hard on all things houseplant!
2/26/202112 minutes, 49 seconds