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Planty Fake News: 3 Plant Care Myths Busted with Leslie Halleck Ep 137 - Bloom & Grow Radio

 

 

Whether you’ve been around the block of plant parenthood a few times or you’re just beginning your journey, you’ve likely seen some version of what I like to call “planty fake news” or plant care myths: allegedly fool-proof hacks that seem too good to be true, old wives’ tales that have been translated one too many times, or plant care claims that just seem super confusing.  When I started my journey from plant killer to plant lady, I fell prey to a lot of these myths, and this podcast is a testament to all of the trends and trials of my plant parenthood journey. I’m lucky to have a plant friend in Horticulturist Leslie Halleck to turn to when I now see something suspect on the internet. I’m lucky to be able to text her and ask “does this 10 plank care hack video even make sense?”, so I thought I’d bring our internal text thread to the podcast  and “bust” several plant care hacks and myths we’ve both seen circulating. Also, exciting news, Leslie and I have been keeping a secret from you for what feels like a year. Tune in to find out what it is!

 

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In this episode we learn:

  • [03:13] Maria and Leslie reveal their BIG secret!
  • [04:38] The goals behind Garden Society
  • [06:02] Why the community is called Garden Society
  • [10:04] Maria gets real about plant hacks
  • [10:44] Plant Care Myth #1: Houseplants clean your air
  • [12:37] NASA’s study on air-purifying plants
  • [15:34] Where does the oxygen we consume most come from?
  • [18:33] How many plants per square foot do you need for better air quality at home?
  • [21:03] Do plants emit pollutants in the air?
  • [22:19] How plants get rid of VOCs or volatile organic compounds
  • [23:50] The psychological value of plants in our homes
  • [24:13] The positive effects of plants on our physical state
  • [25:12] Plant knowledge is power!
  • [26:28] Plant Care Myth #2: You must repot your plant every 1-2 years
  • [28:07] The truth about repotting plants
  • [30:00] The whys and whens of bumping up a plant
  • [31:40] When is a soil refresh necessary versus repotting?
  • [34:15] Repotting due to root decay or root overgrowth
  • [37:05] The best organic gardening products for all types of plant parents
  • [38:26] Maria’s favorite grow lights and planty accessories
  • [41:53] How seasons can affect your repotting schedule
  • [46:40] Plant Care Myth #3: Misting your plants increases humidity and is good for them
  • [51:09] What is the right way to mist your plants? When do you mist your plants?
  • [54:30] When shouldn’t you mist your plants?
  • [58:14] How to increase the humidity around your plants
  • [01:04:28] What you get when you join the Bloom and Grow Garden Society!
  • [01:05:56] The first topic for Nodes of Knowledge
  • [01:07:44] Monthly AHAs or Ask Horticulturist Anything
  • [01:10:48] Growing Joy Calls with Maria
  • [01:12:03] Your exclusive discount for Garden Society!

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Thank you to our episode sponsors:

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