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 Mar 18, 2020
Good information & I've learned about a lot of plants listening to this podcast. Sometimes they're dismissive of or negative about certain kinds of plants in an unappealing way, at least to me personally


Your digital plant friends, here to help you take your indoor jungle/desert/bog to the next level since 2019!
Plant Daddy Podcast is hosted by Stephen and Matthew, two passionate hobbyists who love sharing plant care experiences and stories that speak to plant parents of all experience levels. Whether you are just starting your houseplant journey or already managing an indoor jungle, we are here to share growing techniques and methods, new and unusual plants, or the background and history of familiar ones. Each host brings different perspectives and tastes in plants, but both have enjoyed the great privilege of learning their own local and online plant communities, and they seek to pay this forward to anyone interested in taking their hobby to the next level. Or just enjoy some geeky banter. Plants are enriching and fun, endlessly rewarding, and Plant Daddy Podcast is excited to be your digital plant friends!

Episode Date
Caudex Plant Care with Growing Joy Podcast
*tap tap* ...Is this thing still on? Our hiatus has lasted slightly longer than we expected, but Maria from Growing Joy is on the very short list of people who can coax us out of podcast retirement. We hope you enjoy this conversation about caudex plants– a flavor we both love!

From Growing Joy Podcast:

"Are you ready to add some unique, eye-catching beauty to your plant collection? Meet the caudex plant—also known as the foot, Stephania erecta, or even the Potato Plant. While these plants may be stunning, they can be a handful to take care of without proper knowledge. Join us as we explore the world of caudex plants with expert guests Stephen and Matthew from the Plant Daddy Podcast. From the well-known Stephania erecta to other varieties that are more accessible and easy to care for, we'll share everything you need to know to be successful with caudex plants."

Growing Joy with Maria Podcast - Empowering Plant Parents Worldwide
Jan 22, 2023
Episode 144: Season 3 Finale Q&A
Our Season 3 finale is here, and we’re wrapping up with a Q&A show covering succulent substrates, flowering plants for beginners, opinions on “rare” and “status plants,” favorite moments from this season, and more! Remember Lightning Rounds? To Stephen’s delight, Matthew throws one in. Have we forgiven our Mandarin Plants yet? And have we forgiven ourselves for the Paperwhite episode? Let’s just say we’re ready for a vacation!

Then on the After Show, we chat more about our summer plans – both planty and otherwise. To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

Have a good summer, see you in August!
Jul 04, 2022
Episode 143: Our Planty Summer Reading Lists, with Maria Failla
Now that Summer weather has finally reached us here in Seattle, we sit down to share our plant-oriented reading and listening lists. Then we welcome Maria Failla back on the show to tell us about her new book, Growing Joy: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Cultivating Happiness (and Plants), one we both loved! Remember almanacs? Which Plant Daddy gives Ortho some credit? And how are the Chinquapins doing? Happy Summer, y’all!

Don't forget to pick up your copy of Growing Joy!

Then on the After Show, we continue chatting with Maria to ask her a few more questions about the process of writing Growing Joy, and who she would have wanted to record the audio version if it hadn't been her. To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

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Jun 28, 2022
Episode 142: So How Are Those Plant Resolutions Coming?
It’s truth time. Since we *so bravely* shared our plant goals earlier this year, have we made any progress? Stephen started using windows, and he finally has some results to report. And Matthew is doing a certain thing a lot more consistently. But do we still have those Mandarin Plants? Let’s just say you can tell we’re getting close to the end of our season! Also, what’s 2+3? Asking for a friend.

And a special thank you to our new Patrons for the month of June! Head over to Patreon to become an Official Patron to listen ad-free, and get access to our exclusive After Shows!

Need a plant sitter? We’ve teamed up with Watering Can App!

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Jun 22, 2022
Episode 141: Air Plants, with Emily Allsop of the Volunteer Park Conservatory
At long last, The Plant Daddies will break their silence… and talk about Air Plants. We've discussed other Bromeliads in the past, so how has it taken this long to cover perhaps the most popular genus?! Perhaps it's because we don't consider ourselves great Air Plant growers, so we brought Tillandsia expert, Emily Allsop from Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle, to help! There’s a lot of varying care advice for these, so what does she recommend? What have our experiences and/or struggles been? And what are some ideas for more experienced growers?

Then on the After Show, do we feel more compelled to buy plants that contain the names of family and friends? To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

Are you in the Seattle area? Come see us live at the Volunteer Park Conservatory June 18th as we host a Pride Plant Parenthood Panel! Tickets at:

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Jun 14, 2022
Episode 140: Bundle of Sticks Plant, Cynanchum marnierianum
If you do everything right, the plant we’re discussing this week will look kind of dead! Did that get your attention? If that sounds appealing to you - and it does to us - then you really should give the Bundle of Sticks Plant, Cynanchum marnierianum, a try. What are our experiences with this surprisingly easy plant? How can you even tell if it's thriving? And why are we not surprised Stephen already owned it? This is one we both love!

Then on the After Show, we discuss what we found when we looked for online communities of Plant Parents with a love for "Dead Stick Plants," and what this interest might look like outside of the succulent world. To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

Are you in the Seattle area? Come see us live at the Volunteer Park Conservatory June 18th as we host a Pride Plant Parenthood Panel! Tickets at:

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Jun 07, 2022
Episode 139: Propagation Updates - Roots Were Grown
This month, we revisit a perennial Plant Parent passion – propagation! See what I did there? Thank you. Anyway, are there any new trends lately? What propagation are we doing in our own collections? And what the heck do we plan to do with these new plants? We “get into it” discussing sphagnum, perlite, and other preferred propagation mediums. But both Plant Daddies agree that this part of the hobby is so fun!

And a special thank you to our new Patrons for the month of May! Head over to Patreon to become an Official Patron to listen ad-free, and get access to our exclusive After Shows!

We’ve teamed up with Soltech Solutions! Save 15% on amazing plant lights with code PLANTDADDYPODCAST!
May 31, 2022
Episode 138: The Mandarin Plant, Chlorophytum orchidastrum
If you haven't seen the striking, bright orange growth of the Mandarin Plant, Chlorophytum orchidastrum, then you’re in for a treat. We were so intrigued that we both tried growing them! After 6 months, what have we learned? Which Plant Daddy had a better experience? How are their flowers? And could this be the Spider Plant’s prettier, moodier cousin?

Then on the After Show, we discuss the plant pots we never have success with. Are they cursed? To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

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May 24, 2022
Episode 137: The Fishtail Hoya, Hoya polyneura
Looking for a Hoya you can thoroughly enjoy… even without flowers? This week, the Plant Daddies check in on Hoya polyneura, one they both consider a favorite “foliage Hoya”. How did we cut through the varying care information found online? How did our plants fare in our different conditions? And why does Matthew prefer mermaids to fish?

Then on the After Show, what are our next Hoya goals… if we have any left? To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

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May 10, 2022
Episode 136: Welwitschia and the "Weird Houseplant" Experience
We know it’s an unlikely choice for most plant parents, but the strategies and fun involved in cultivating unusual houseplants like Welwitschia mirabilis is an experience we’re excited to share! And even if he has never touched one, Matthew loves the botanical and evolutionary mystery this living fossil presents. What can we do when there’s no clear care info for a plant? Does Stephen even know what he’s doing yet? Say hello to Aunt Ephedra for us.

Then on the After Show, what is Stephen’s long term plan here? And what might be protecting wild populations? To listen, head over to Patreon - Official Patrons get to listen ad-free with exclusive access to our After Shows!

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May 03, 2022
Episode 135: Chill 'n Chat - Spring Strategies Grab Bag
We have plenty of plant thoughts and goals on our minds as we sit down for our Spring-themed Chill 'n Chat! Should you put our houseplants outdoors during the warm months? As seasonal selections improve at plant stores, what are our current strategies to avoid plant burnout or over-collecting? Do you have to get a former goal plant if it’s cheaper now? And the real bombshell – is Stephen finally ready for a Pothos? Brace yourselves!

And a special thank you to our new Patrons for the month of April! Head over to Patreon to become an Official Patron to listen ad-free, and get access to our exclusive After Shows!

We’ve teamed up with Soltech Solutions! Save 15% on amazing plant lights with code PLANTDADDYPODCAST!

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Apr 26, 2022
Episode 134: Lifesaver Plant (Huernia zebrina)
Looking for a low-stress succulent with beautiful, unusual flowers? Then Huernia zebrina should be on your list. We’ve both kept this plant for years, so we’ll share plenty of mistakes for you to learn from! What is soil compaction? What is the easiest way to propagate? And what about the other amazing plants in the Stapeliad group? This is one we’re both excited about!

Then we did another After Show - head over to Patreon to hear it!

We’ve teamed up with Soltech Solutions! Save 15% on amazing plant lights with code PLANTDADDYPODCAST!

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Apr 19, 2022
Episode 133: The Next Fiddle Leaf Fig?
We found articles calling Ficus Audrey and Ficus umbellata “the next Fiddle Leaf Figs.” So we decided to put this bold claim to the test. Do they live up to the hype? How similar is their care to the FLF? And years later, how are Matthew’s "It Plants" doing? Stephen does a wellness check, and one of these shows promise!

Then we tried something we’re calling the After Show! Head over to Patreon to hear it!

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Apr 12, 2022
Episode 132: Aloe vera
We’re back with another classic that may straddle the world of houseplants and…indoor herbs? Beyond impressively easy care, we'll explore our own experiences with this ubiquitous plant over the years. Does it have uses beyond soothing burnt skin? Has its efficacy as a home remedy been studied? Will we find any good aloe recipes? And is this the first time we consume a plant as we talk about it?

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Apr 05, 2022
Episode 131: Adopting an old plant. Now what?
We can talk about techniques one by one, but sometimes a scenario – like adopting an old plant – is the best way to discuss how we think of them *all working together*. Today we’ll talk through fertilizing, potting substrate, pruning, and dividing, and when we’d consider each. Will we agree? Expect a few propagation and pruning tips in this one, and of course some teasing between us.

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Mar 29, 2022
Episode 130: Trip Report - Mexico City Bonus Episode!
Have you ever listened to a friend’s vacation recap, but wished they would ONLY talk about the plants they saw? If you answered “Yes!,” “Maybe,” or “...What?”, then this episode is for you! What did Stephen see that surprised him? And which plant-centric spots does he recommend? Most of all, will this finally coax him to get a Monstera?

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Mar 25, 2022
Episode 129: Chill 'n Chat - Back to the Beginning
It’s Chill 'n Chat time again! This month, we decided to go way back and revisit the first 5 plants we covered in the show. How are they doing in our collections? And how have our opinions changed? Let’s just say some things have changed since 2019, and some things haven't.

We discuss: Jungle Cacti (00:06:00) | Staghorn ferns (00:17:45) | Pilea peperomioides (00:23:40) | Begonia maculata (00:28:17) | Pothos (00:33:02)

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Mar 16, 2022
Episode 128: Hoya Potting Mix, and "the Soil Equation"
Is there a perfect Hoya substrate recipe? Our answer may surprise you. We’ll walk through our preferred ingredients, why we use them, some ideas for both new and experienced Hoya parents, and even the “potting equation” as a whole! You know us – we couldn’t help getting into the details! What is a “coarse” mix? How do we both feel about coconut husk chunks? And which one of us hasn’t repotted one of their Hoyas in 5 years?

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Mar 08, 2022
Episode 127: Asparagus Fern Plant Profile
So… what is an asparagus fern anyway? We’ll share cultivation “experiments” that may help you avoid some common frustrations with these resilient classics, and we’ll cover the common species that share this moniker at plant stores. How much water do these really need? Does Stephen *actually enjoy* these? And can Matthew resist talking about edible asparagus? These “ferns” deserve a second look!

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Feb 22, 2022
Episode 126: Off Topic - Are Paperwhites "Houseplants"?
Over the holidays, the Plant Daddies both tried some boxed bulbs from the clearance rack ( turns out!), and our “results may have varied.” Now that indoor bulbs are gone from store shelves, this post-Paperwhite wrap-up is more about the experience, less about the care advice, and even leaves us questioning …what IS a houseplant to us? We get on our soapboxes. Did adding alcohol work? And what does Thalassa Cruso have to say? Buckle up for an interesting ride this week!

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Feb 16, 2022
Episode 125: Thinking About Sustainability, with Westerlay Orchids
We sit down with Toine Overgaag of Westerlay Orchids, a major grower of Phalaenopsis on the West Coast of the US, to hear about their sustainability efforts, and the state of large-scale houseplant production more broadly. Are grocery store orchids considered “disposable?” Are there ways to tell if you're buying sustainably-produced plants? And what’s the best thing we can do once a plant comes home with us? Stay tuned for our tips (and our impassioned appeal) for plant lovers of all experience levels to give Phals another look!

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Feb 08, 2022
Episode 124: Chill 'n Chat - Are the Kids Alright?
How well is the “traditional” plant industry serving the interests of the newest wave of plant parents? And for those who started in the hobby during the pandemic, how are they faring? We found two interesting articles about the state of the houseplant community that felt perfect for the first Chill 'n Chat of 2022. What is a “brutalist candlestick?” And is losing 10 or more plants a lot? We attempt to answer!

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Feb 01, 2022
Episode 123: Pygmy Sundew Plant Profile
You may know about Sundews, but the Plant Daddies believe these particularly tiny, beautiful members of the Drosera genus deserve their own special mention. And we’re happy to report that their care and propagation is easier than you may have read! Will they thrive in terrariums? What does it sound like when Stephen tries to sell Matthew on a plant? And how many ways can we pronounce the word gemmae? Don’t underestimate us!

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Jan 25, 2022
Episode 122: Lipstick Plant, Aeschynanthus Plant Profile
The Lipstick Plant is the very first Gesneriad we discuss on the show, and we both feel that this robust, reliably flowering plant is a great introduction to this amazing family of plants. Does Stephen admit to liking a flowering indoor tropical? And is Matthew getting too worked up about cultivar confusion? Have you ever thought you didn’t have much to say about a plant, but then you had a LOT of thoughts about them? Well it happened to us this week! And we had a blast.
Jan 18, 2022
Episode 121: Mindfulness and Plants, with Maria Failla
Is there more to our relationship with houseplants than collecting and cultivating? Maria Failla of Bloom and Grow Radio is back to make her case in a revealing interview that we both love. What does a mindfulness practice actually mean? And how can you begin your own? It's easier and more powerful than you might think. And it may surprise you which Plant Daddy this speaks to most!

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Jan 11, 2022
Episode 120: A Gift Exchange and a Look Back on 2021
If the Plant Daddies could surprise each other with a plant to grow together, what would happen? You’ll find out in our last episode of 2021! Then we revisit (and judge) our plant predictions for the year, pick our favorite episodes, and chat about the plant highlights in our own collections. Can a rehab project be a “gift?” How well do we actually know each other? Cozy up for one of our favorite episodes of the year!

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Dec 22, 2021
Episode 119: Houseplant Fertilizers 101, with Miles Jonard
How much do you know about fertilizing your houseplants? …and how much do we know? After a radically honest discussion of our own routines, Miles from The Plant Store is back to answer our questions, dispel some myths, AND participate in our fertilizer lightening round. Are liquids better than slow-release pellets? Is "organic" mostly about marketing? What about DIY fertilizers? Some of his answers may surprise you!

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Dec 15, 2021
Episode 118: Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema Plant Profile
Need a foliage plant for a low light spot that will actually survive? Even thrive? This week we talk about Aglaonema, which we both believe is one of your best options for this situation. How long can these actually survive in less-than-ideal light? And how much moisture (or lack of it) can they tolerate? Our answers may surprise you. Also, what’s an “Aglaonema stepfather,” and how's that custom textile print coming? Like we say, this is about respect.
Dec 07, 2021
Episode 117: Chill 'n Chat - North Windows
What should go in that less-sunny window? The Plant Daddies tackle a timely listener question in this month’s Chill 'n Chat, and after so long without plant updates, let each other know how their respective urban jungles/bogs/deserts are faring. Is success in a north-facing window about plant selection, or managing expectations? What does Stephen do when he thinks he has overwatered? And was Matthew aware that we did an episode about having too many plants? No new episode next week, but we’ll be back in December!

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Nov 23, 2021
Episode 116: Crotons as Houseplants
Many of us have owned a Croton plant, Codiaeum variegatum, but how many of us can reliably get them to thrive indoors? The Plant Daddies have had mixed results themselves, so Mark Peters of Peters Crotons and Cordylines joins the show to help. Should these plants be allowed to dry thoroughly? Of the surprisingly diverse Croton cultivars, which is the best for indoor growing? We get these answers, fascinating history, and some surprising tips for plant parents from this expert grower!

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Nov 16, 2021
Episode 115: Domino Cactus, Echinopsis subdenudata Plant Profile
Are you a fan of cactus flowers… but not cactus spines? This week the Plant Daddies cover Echinopsis subdenudata, the Domino Cactus, an easy-to-care-for favorite that's often easy to find, too! It's great for newer plant parents, but does this species offer anything for seasoned growers? Will we make sense of the taxonomy here? Then someone utters the sentence "I don't know flower talk."

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Nov 09, 2021
Episode 114: Hoya callistophylla Plant Profile
Are you considering a splurge Hoya? If so, the Plant Daddies believe Hoya callistophylla should be on your short list. Are the rumors about straightforward care for this species true? And where are the cuttings Matthew promised Stephen? After we share other, similar Hoyas in the Finlaysonii complex worth considering, will this episode get an explicit rating? At this point, no one should be surprised!

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Nov 02, 2021
Episode 113: Chill 'n Chat - Choosing Pots
For this month's Chill 'n Chat, we dish about plant pots! (See what I did there? Thank you.) We'll cover our dos and don'ts, how these fit into the broader care equation, and our tips for converting mugs and thrift store finds into vessels your plants will thrive in. Which kinds do we find most difficult? And what are our strangest pots? In a shocking twist, we even throw in some aesthetic opinions.

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Oct 19, 2021
Episode 112: Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum Plant Profile
The Spider Plant finally gets some love! We share our experiences, care tips, opinions (of course) and even a few stories about this hardy favorite. How can you keep them bright and green? Have we ever killed one? And could this plant be poised for a resurgence in popularity? Just hear Stephen out. Also, if you’ve mastered these, we’ll share a related species that might tempt you.

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Oct 06, 2021
Episode 111: The Pineapple, Ananas comosus
After some Stephen-centric plant updates, the Plant Daddies cover a surprisingly rewarding houseplant that you may be able to propagate after you make that fruit salad. The pineapple, Ananas comosus, is in bloom for Matthew, who details his care experiences - good and bad - and the long road ahead to that sweet snack. Is this the best tropical fruit to grow at home? Does Stephen know what one looks like?

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Sep 29, 2021
Episode 110: Chill 'n Chat - Researching New Plants, Aerial Roots
Not long ago, the Plant Daddies discussed how many houseplants is too many, and if memory serves, they felt like they had enough... so what happened last weekend? A plant sale to benefit a couple of their favorite local plant organizations! They each pick a new plant to share, discuss their geeky research so far, and use each other as additional resources - but who's growing the caudiciform Gesneriad, and who picked up an uncommon flowering shrub? Then, it's time for a listener question about aerial roots!

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Sep 22, 2021
Episode 109: Scindapsus, Another Pothos!
This week the Plant Daddies cover Scindapsus pictus and treubii, ubiquitous trailing tropicals with variety and hardiness that may surprise you. Are these truly alternatives for the classic Golden Pothos? And why are these considered "a Pothos" …and why is a Pothos called a Pothos anyway? Matthew's mic breaks, so it sounds like he's calling from an airplane. And it's been a while since Stephen hasn't grown a plant we're discussing, so he leans in.

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Sep 15, 2021
Episode 108: Chill 'n Chat - How many is TOO MANY plants?
Can't stop buying plants? Or have you ever felt so overwhelmed you've considered leaving the hobby altogether? The month's Chill and Chat is near and dear to our hearts, and we have a feeling it may speak to some of you as well. Do you have too many plants? Do we?! How does it feel, and how should we think about this? While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, the Plant Daddies offer some stories that may tell you the signs and suggest some next steps toward feeling better.
Sep 07, 2021
Episode 107: Climbing Onion, Bowiea volubilis Plant Profile
This week we cover what may be one of the original strange houseplants, Bowiea, which has been described as "possessing little beauty" while also being "certainly one of the most curious plants." So guess which one of us is more excited? Kidding - we're both here for this one! We clear up the vague care guidance found online, detail our growing experiences, and even talk styling choices. How flaky does Stephen like it? And since this is a bit of a oddity, Matthew goes wild sharing botanical facts!
Aug 24, 2021
Episode 106: Indian Rubber Fig, Ficus elastica Plant Profile
This week we talk Ficus elastica. If there's so much to love about the hardy, beautiful, low-light-tolerant Indian Rubber Fig, then why is this one just in the friend zone for the Plant Daddies? We also cover ideal care and our recommendations for pruning and shaping your plant as it grows. Then we give you multiple pronunciations of "Banyan!" And why does Stephen sound like he's calling in from a quiet library?
Aug 17, 2021
Episode 105: Chill 'n Chat - Ugly Ducklings
This Chill and Chat is about houseplants that don't simply grow larger - they undergo dramatic metamorphoses. Monstera deliciosa is a familiar example, Nepenthes do this when they're thriving, and the Blue Star Fern even has some surprises up its rhizome. How long until splits and fenestration develop in Monsteras? Stephen presses Matthew for answers, but has he ever experienced upper Nepenthes pitchers on his own plants? Then the Plant Daddies answer a listener question about propagating cacti.
Aug 10, 2021
Episode 104: String of Turtles, Peperomia prostrata Plant Profile
In the first Plant Profile of Season 3, the Plant Daddies cover String of Turtles. Should you treat this like String of Hearts or String of Pearls? Is this their favorite of the "strings of things"? And how can you promote lush vining? In a Plant Daddy Podcast first, Stephen asks for a picture of Matthew's plant to judge! And please act surprised when Stephen reveals he's growing a hard-to-find alternative.
Aug 03, 2021
Episode 103: Hoyas, Part II
We're back and excited! To kick off Season 3, we're returning to Hoyas, and diving deeper into these plants both of us are so enthused about. With so many varieties new to cultivation, how are we researching their care? What unusual and unexpected ones have caught out attention? What about mounting them? Where is this craze going?? And did you know that they are people who don’t like Hoyas?! (No, it isn't Stephen this time!)
Jul 27, 2021
Summer Bonus! Geeking out with Jane Perrone
Hey! We missed you! We're not back from break quite yet, but we thought we'd share this fun, brief chat (mostly about Hoyas) with Jane Perrone of On the Ledge Podcast that took place a few months ago as we set up to our record about Thalassa Cruso for Episode 95.
Jul 20, 2021
Episode 101: Season Finale Chill 'n Chat - Heatwave Plant Care, Social Ferns
The Plant Daddies brave a historic Pacific Northwest heatwave to bring you our final episode of Season 2! In this Chill and Chat, we give some plant updates (mostly about Hoyas, who are we kidding?), share our heatwave plant care strategies, and talk about an interesting recent study suggesting Staghorn Ferns may be eusocial. Stephen can't resist mentioning Ant Plants, and Matthew is already planning a fern colony in his stairwell. We'll see everyone in a few weeks!
Jun 29, 2021
Episode 100: Our 100th Episode!
We made it! And you made it! For our 100th episode, the Plant Daddies serve a variety show of sorts - with listener questions, our most (and least) improved plant skills since beginning the show, and even we have learned from each other. How do you make that grocery store Phalaenopsis orchid bloom again? How should you move with plants? How have our collections changed in the last two years? Does Stephen still think his plants are the coolest? Does Matthew like Hoyas yet? (eye rolls)
Jun 22, 2021
Episode 99: Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii Plant Profile
Looking for a consistently-flowering houseplant for that warm, sunny spot where more delicate plants may not thrive? Euphorbia milii is one Matthew has kept for years and Stephen feels may be having a moment. Is care the same as other succulent Euphorbias? How much should you worry about the sap toxicity and thorns? This might be another plant the Plant Daddies agree on.
Jun 08, 2021
Episode 98: Chill 'n Chat - Clay Pots, Growing from Seed, Propagating for Sale
It’s Chill and Chat time again, and the Plant Daddies cover a grab bag of planty topics on their minds. Is Matthew changing his mind about terra cotta pots? Stephen finds a chart for profitable propagation... supposedly. And is this the first time we talk about growing things from seed?
Jun 01, 2021
Episode 97: The "Private Parts" Cacti
We don't mean to be cocky, but this may be our most titillating episode yet. See what we did there? Thank you. We tackle not one but two of the most popular novelty cacti, the so-called 'Boob Cactus' and the 'Penis Cactus.' Something… for almost everybody? Anyway, how easy are these to care for? And why do they look this way in the first place? Can the Plant Daddies resist the cheap jokes? And if we could only choose one, which would we recommend?
May 27, 2021
Episode 96: Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena marginata Plant Profile
In an extraordinary twist, we found a very common houseplant that Stephen has far more experience with than Matthew! The Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena marginata - Stephen's oldest plant - may seem ubiquitous and ordinary, but he thinks these remarkably hardy plants can become surprisingly elegant when they mature. Will Matthew agree? Will Stephen charge Matthew for this therapy session?
May 18, 2021
Episode 95: Off Topic - Thalassa Cruso with Jane Perrone
We're delighted to have Jane Perrone back on the show to talk about the under-appreciated houseplant icon, Thalassa Cruso. Who was she? How does the advice in her book Making Things Grow hold up decades later? And why isn't she better known today? To our surprise, we found some currently trendy techniques and plants in her 1968 book. Did Thalassa finally teach Stephen how to care for a Rex Begonia? Oh, and Jane is writing a book, too! We demand details.
May 11, 2021
Episode 94: Cobra Lily, Darlingtonia californica Plant Profile
This week we cover the Cobra Lily, Darlingtonia californica, a local native carnivorous plant that we both love - even if we didn't when we first saw them. They can be tricky to grow in regions with warmer temperatures, so we explain some approaches, including zeer pots, ice cubes, and cisterns? Even if you don’t plan to get this plant, tune in for the interesting ways people try to keep these thriving! And to hear Matthew try to record after 10pm!
May 05, 2021
Episode 93: Chill 'n Chat - Two In-depth Plant Updates
In this month's Chill and Chat, the Plant Daddies go deep with two updates on plants featured in former episodes - Stephania erecta, the charismatic caudex plant from Episode 13, and the Fiddle Leaf Fig from Episode 39. Are they alive? Yes! But has everything gone as planned for these plants? Not quite, but there isn't any bad news! Matthew makes the biggest cut he's ever made, and Stephen "sets himself free."
Apr 28, 2021
Episode 92: Gardenia jasminoides Plant Profile
The Plant Daddies tackle a long-cherished classic plant for fragrant flower-lovers, Gardenia jasminoides. But as Mother's Day nears and these start to appear on shelves as potted ornamentals, we question: is this even a houseplant? Matthew's passion for Gardenias is extensive, and he shares his favorite varieties. But does everyone love fragrant plants? Stephen reveals some surprising statistics.
And we have a question for the people of LA.
Apr 20, 2021
Episode 91: Silver Squill, Ledebouria socialis Plant Profile
Looking for a hassle-free plant that will appeal to both succulent and foliage plant sensibilities? Then you should check out Silver Squill, a unique, bulbous plant that we say we don't think about often, but then admit that we low-key love. How much light do these actually need? And are these best in sparse or dense displays? Are the Plant Daddies going to agree again this week?

And don't miss the info about a special (free!) Carnivorous Plant event at the end of show!
Apr 13, 2021
Episode 90: Chill 'n Chat - Houseplant Tools
This week the Plant Daddies Chill 'n Chat about their favorite planty tools, including their favorites for watering, tamping, brushing, and… wait, plucking? If we both prefer simple tools, does that make us simple? Can Stephen get Matthew to admit how many spray bottles he owns? And Matthew is surprised to learn that apparently Tori Birch makes plant care supplies? We've never had this chat before, and it shows.
Mar 30, 2021
Episode 89: Philodendron 'Florida Ghost' Plant Profile
This week the Plant Daddies talk Philodendron 'Florida Ghost'. Why cover such an expensive, still-not-that-common plant? Because among 'It Plants', it's been one of the best performing, most satisfying splurge purchases in Matthew's memory. Stephen calls out the particularly bad online care articles and shares a possible origin story for this cultivar, and Matthew apparently just thinks you should strongly consider this one.
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 88: Windowsill Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
This week the Plant Daddies discuss Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, a surprisingly reliable flowering tropical for a sunny spot indoors - not just outside. Stephen's familiar with these plants, but most of his experience comes from… a video game? How should you fertilize for optimum flowering? And there are cultivars with brown flowers? Matthew takes us on a long walk through pruning, to an extent that many houseplant parents may not have needed to go before.
Mar 16, 2021
Episode 87: Hoyas 101
We finally did it! This week the Plant Daddies sit down and talk all things Hoyas. We take a customary deep dive on care, some recommended species, scientific goodies, and stories of our own experiences in growing these popular fragrant flowering plants with amazing and diverse foliage… which we BOTH love. Is it weird when we agree? And how does the nectar taste?
Mar 09, 2021
Episode 86: Chill 'n Chat - Spring Plant Plans
This month's Chill 'n Chat starts with plant updates and springtime plant care advice and ends with… well, all sorts of things. What will happen to our plants collections when quarantine ends and we return to work? Will Stephen have to adjust his soil recipes when he moves to a new apartment? Is massaging flytraps a fun couple's activity? And how delicious is Sansevieria nectar?
Mar 02, 2021
Episode 85: Venus Fly Trap, Dionaea muscipula Plant Profile
The Plant Daddies finally give this iconic carnivorous plant its due time on the show. And then some. What should you do with that struggling flytrap you bought in a sealed container? Are terrariums needed (or even appropriate)? What's the deal with dormancy? And when is the right time to massage them? Of course we're always right - but we may have some updates to the care advice we gave the last time we mentioned these a couple years ago...
Feb 24, 2021
Episode 84: Facebook Plant Groups, with 2 Girls 1 Plant Podcast
This week we share our experiences with navigating the diverse world of Facebook Plant Groups, which can be great sources for care info, plants, community, and potentially frustration. Thankfully, the hosts of 2 Girls 1 Plant join us, because they have much more experience than we do, and were happy to share some excellent tips, tricks, and best practices to get the most from your online plant communities! Can Matthew tell BTS from BST?
And what's a thunder-dome?
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 83: Monstera deliciosa Plant Profile
Today we thought we'd cover an obscure plant that you may not have seen. Just kidding! Matthew literally saw it in the background of a movie last night. We take a deep dive on this most iconic of tropical houseplants, Monstera deliciosa, including care stories and struggles, their edible fruit, and we even manage to mention that there are variegated ones, and the compact Borsigiana. What took us so long to cover the plant in our logo? And is this Stephen's favorite plant that he has no plan to grow?
Feb 09, 2021
Episode 82: Revisiting Peace Lilies, Spathiphyllum
Peace Lilies may be ubiquitous, but they aren't often talked about among plant hobbyists. Do they deserve more attention? The Plant Daddies explain what Spathiphyllum offer for both new and experienced plant parents, and even help dispel some myths. Matthew shares some unusual varieties you may not know, and Stephen talks about chickens and baby corn. No, not a typo.
Feb 02, 2021
Episode 81: Chill 'n Chat - Dreaming of Botanical Travel
In this month's informal Chill 'n Chat episode, the Plant Daddies search their memories for plant-related travel inspiration, hopefully providing some tips and ideas for whenever tourism is possible again! Soon, we hope? And Stephen bought another Adenium… but for Matthew this time, so he wants to give a pep talk. We go through so many travel stories that you may leave this one wondering how old we are.
Jan 27, 2021
Episode 80: 2021 Plant Trends
The Plant Daddies are ready to roll up their sleeves and dive into their houseplant trend predictions for 2021! Anyone surprised that Aroids and Hoyas feature heavily? They're also ready to vent about the 'It Plants' that disappointed them the most last year. Do the laws of physics apply to these plant fads? Let's just humor Stephen and say "yes." Then Matthew shares why we haven't released that Philodendron Birkin episode yet.
Jan 19, 2021
Episode 79: with Maria Failla from Bloom and Grow Radio
We kick off 2021 with Maria Failla of Bloom and Grow Radio, who shares her perspectives on classes at the botanical garden, plant care for mindfulness, and she even guesses our plant parent personality types. Did Maria help the Plant Daddies begin to find themselves? Did Matthew put down that Gardenia? Does he sing Memory? Prepare for some surprises.
Jan 12, 2021
Episode 78: 2020 in Review - Updates, Corrections, Fresh Opinions
2020 is coming to a close, and the Plant Daddies are ready to come clean with closing thoughts on the episodes this year, including corrections, updates, further details, and even some changes of heart. Stephen laments the current pest-mageddon in his home. His solution? Moving. Then he accidentally gets Matthew started on Monstera obliqua. Sorry, everyone! And are we gifting any plants this year?
Dec 22, 2020
Episode 77: A closer look at Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima
Or should we say another closer look? In the spirit of the holidays, we've decided to give Euphorbia pulcherrima, AKA Poinsettia, AKA Cuetlaxochitl, the full episode treatment! We fill in the gaps with facts galore, botanical, AND horticultural history - including four minutes of our own vintage audio! We even laugh through an industrial greenhouse growing guide that on its own probably protected us against fungus. This is an unusual episode, but we like it!
Dec 15, 2020
Episode 76: Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai & reginae Plant Profile
On this very special episode, we discuss the Strelitzia, specifically S. nicolai, the White Bird of Paradise. This plant was formative to Matthew's journey as a young plant parent, as we suspect it is for many others, too. After Stephen recovers from shocking past "care" stories, he comes around to "this isn't terrible at all!" Is pruning going to help keep these small? Can the orange-flowering S. reginae bloom indoors? And Matthew low-key promises a gift to Stephen - we should all hold him to that!
Dec 08, 2020
Episode 75: Chill 'n Chat - Plant Gifting
In this month's Chill 'n Chat, we kick back and muse about how we approach plant gifting and which plants we'd gift - even to brand new or yet-to-be plant parents. And If you're shopping for an advanced hobbyist, we at least take a stab for you (but good luck with that!) In other news, we hear about Stephen's forgotten Orchid and a Croton Matthew hates. Nice, right?

And check out our new merch shop!
Dec 01, 2020
Episode 74: Potting Mix, with Miles Jonard: Substrate Sessions
We don't want to say this episode is dense... but it's certainly heavier than our preferred well-draining potting mixes! You can't say we didn't warn you! We set out to understand the semantic differences between dirt, soil, and "all-purpose potting mix," picking apart the various components like peat, perlite, coir, charcoal, and - screw it, we just call our friend Miles, who had a few surprises - even for us. Is this potting substrate so simple that it's actually the most complex of all?
Nov 24, 2020
Episode 73: Tradescantia (and Some of Their Relatives)
Join us as we chat about some plants we don't really like but "sort of grow!" Don't worry - as always, we manage to find several species in Tradescantia and related genera that we want (and for which we think we have room?) Is Stephen's cruel, sparse aesthetic starting to rub off on Matthew? How is this is one of Stephen's roughly three ornamental plants? And which one of the Plant Daddies likes them "compact and densely hairy?" As a bonus, we including ideas for those living near nuclear facilities.
Nov 17, 2020
Episode 72: with Colah B Tawkin from Black in the Garden
Ready for more good news out of Georgia? *wink* We sit down with Colah B Tawkin from Black in the Garden, another community-focused plant podcast, for a wide-ranging discussion about her inspirations, past and present, how she REALLY feels about her own plant parenthood, and what's next for her - including Season 3 teasers and a whole new podcast! She leaves us gushing over Cree Summer, Rebecca Sugar, and composting… And wait, how did she know we've been dumped before?
Nov 10, 2020
Episode 71: Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea Plant Profile
You're in for a treat this week - it's another plant we both love! And wow - tangent city, OK? We each try to recall the same fateful plant shopping trip from years ago, but will we agree on the particulars? Matthew claims this is Stephen's Plant Daddy origin story. Oh, right, we're talking about the Purple Pitcher Plant. Is this a good first Carnivorous Plant? Do they need a dormancy? Can I grow one indoors? Well, at least for the last one, it's better to ask if you should.
Nov 03, 2020
Episode 70: Chill 'n Chat - Winterizing
While we check in on our winterizing efforts and recommendations for movies and TV, we also talk about Stephania erecta, Stephania nova, Tylecodon, and [many] other plants. But don't worry - we still argue! Stephen claims that all succulents are "his thing," and then Matthew gives us a glimpse of the inner turmoil a Fiddle Leaf Fig, thoughts about a potential Dracaena, and a sliver of unoccupied window can cause him. Stephen offers a useful solution that will take nine years.
Oct 27, 2020
Episode 69: Anthurium clarinervium Plant Profile
Does a Cardboard Velvet Plant sound appealing to you? Not to Stephen either... but we've all had Goal Plants, the extra-special ones that may be expensive, difficult to find, challenging to grow well, (or even keep alive,) but we continue striving to succeed with them! Anthurium clarinervium is that plant for Matthew, and Stephen can oddly relate. He then makes an awkward, good-faith stab at explaining why this Aroid is so popular. Matthew boldly declares that this is the most beautiful foliage plant.
Oct 20, 2020
Episode 68: Mother of Thousands, Kalanchoe daigremontiana Plant Profile
Looking for a succulent that you may find interesting and probably can't kill? Mother of Thousands, Kalanchoe daigremontiana, might be just the choice! Want to listen to us go back and forth on whether we like it or not? We swear we don't loathe this plant (well, one of us doesn't), but we do ask if it's irresponsible to grow it, and provide a medical disclaimer... Stephen waxes, but Matthew doesn't take the bait. He is too "sick of picking up dropped babies."
Oct 13, 2020
Episode 67: Jewel Orchids
Do you sit and laugh as friends struggle through Latin pronunciations? So does Stephen! But don't worry - we agree on a flower (for once) and all is forgotten. Jewel Orchids, including Ludisia and Macodes, are the foliage plants of the Orchid family, and we ramble on until we've covered Corybas, Lepanthes, and even Phalaenopsis with noteworthy leaves. We’re just glad Matthew didn’t title this episode “Notable Ornamental Species and Hybrids of Goodyerinae for Indoor Recreational Cultivation.”
Oct 07, 2020
Episode 66: Updates between Plant Geeks
Pull up a chair and join us for a "truly unstructured" episode as the Plant Daddies catch up and chat about their new and old plants, including Monstera dubia, Stephania nova, Begonia grandis, Peacock Ginger, Bamboo Fern, and well… more (who are we kidding)!
Sep 29, 2020
Episode 65: Buying Plants Online
We talk shopping for plants online this week! While it's already a familiar routine for many plant parents, the prospect of buying a plant, sight-unseen, to have arrive in a box on your doorstep might seem intimidating. We want to discuss some of our experiences and learnings in using the internet to gain access to even more of our plant wants… or as Matthew would call them, "needs." And what's the deal with importing plants and Phytosanitary Certificate? Assuming we're correct, listen to find out!
Sep 22, 2020
Episode 64: Maidenhair Ferns
The Plant Daddies are proud of their Maidenhair ferns these days, but do they really love them? And is growing these famously finicky plants proof of some sort of core plant skill? Matthew subtly calls Stephen abnormal. Later, Stephen picks at Matthew's brain looking for traumas (again).
Sep 15, 2020
Episode 63: Geeking Out over Moving with Plants
Moving with plants has been Matthew’s life for the last week, so today you get to listen in on a casual geeky plant chat between the Plant Daddies, as one wraps up a move across town with over 400 plants, and the other contemplates a move himself. We talk strategies, process, challenges, and outcomes for Matthew’s plants, and unpack the hassle involved in moving with "more than a few" plants! Was anything dropped or smashed? Press play and end the suspense!
Sep 08, 2020
Episode 62: Boys with Plants, with Scott Cain
We sit down with Scott Cain, the creator and curator of Boys with Plants, to talk about Plant Daddy-hood in Australia and the evolution of his well-known IG feed - including a new ventures that may include some Plant Daddies you know! But before that, we vent about aphids, moving across town, and update you on some fragrant/smelly plants, and those canaries Matthew talked about a while ago.
Sep 02, 2020
Episode 61: Tropical Bromeliads
Looking for an ideal plant for your walk-in aviary or dart frog habitat? Ok, just… please join us for an overview of the commonly-available tropical Bromeliads you're likely to encounter, and some useful care tips including strategies to manage their decline after flowering. All we ask is that you forgive the 18 pronunciations of Aechmea, Vriesea, Guzmania, and Neoregelia that we stumble through. We at least give each the same number of syllables throughout, ok?
Aug 25, 2020
Episode 60: Jade Plant, Crassula ovata Plant Profile
Please join us as we think about a plant "we don't think much about!" Crassula ovata might be the Pothos of succulents, and is an ideal introduction-to-plant-parenthood plant - Matthew has had his since fourth grade! We'll throw in some fast-track Bonsai ideas, more Adenium trauma, and Stephen teasing Matthew about his plant pests.
Aug 18, 2020
Episode 59: Cattleya, the Queen of Orchids
Do you think Matthew can do a short episode about Orchids? LOL, of course not, that was a joke! We'll walk you through the care of showy, colorful Cattleyas, the Queens of Orchids, before embarking on a mildly opinionated journey through their horticultural history and taxonomical… well, "confusion" would be putting it nicely. Have you ever had to choose between hedgehog and Cattleya Orchid ownership? And for once, Stephen has something he wants to add at the very end!
Aug 11, 2020
Episode 58: Nepenthes 101
Have we uncovered a carnivorous plant that Matthew likes more than Stephen??? There's Nepenthes care information in this episode somewhere, but prepare for emotional bombshells and debates about whether tropical pitcher plants should even be brought out of greenhouses and into homes in the first place. Is this what happens when a tropical foliage plant person and carnivorous plant person try to have an episode about the plants we BOTH care about?
Aug 04, 2020
Episode 57: Plant Care Efficiency (and Season 2 Premier!)
We're back! Do you have "too many plants?" Of course you don't. And we don't either, but we'll share some tips and tricks to help you manage your "substantial" collections, whatever their size, more effectively and efficiently! But first, we have a lot to catch up on after our hiatus, so stay tuned to hear how Stephen turns home workouts into pest patrol and every tv show and movie Matthew has watched recently. Did you miss us? More importantly, did Kirstin Dunst miss Matthew?
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 56: Season 1 Finale, with Missleidy the Plant Lady!
It’s the Season 1 finale, y’all! The Plant Daddies bring Missleidy the Plant Lady on to talk about drag, her background in plants, and recommendations for living the urban jungle life. But first, they reminisce about their first year of podcasting, things they've learned, and the plants they’re surprised to be into right now - Stephen literally has leafy tropicals, and Matthew is baking succulents under grow lights. Thanks for listening, we’ll be back in a couple weeks! As always, happy growing!
Jul 01, 2020
Episode 55: Meyer Lemon Plant Profile
Growing Citrus indoors sounds cute, but how soon will you be making lemonade? Stephen is tempted to try growing Meyer Lemon after babysitting Matthew’s balcony Citrus orchard a couple years ago, so picks his brain before making a final decision. And why won’t Matthew admit that the Meyer Lemon is actually a lemon? We tried to leave Martha Stewart out of this, but we couldn't.
Jun 23, 2020
Episode 54: Alocasia and Colocasia
One person's dramatic tropical plant is another person's bucket of green shovels! Yeah, don't ask. You’ve seen Elephant Ear tubers for sale with the spring bulbs, and Alocasia x amazonica with the indoor tropicals, but have you ever tried growing these stately Aroids? Not all Taro makes a good plant indoors, and how do you get your Jewel Alocasia to have more than one leaf at a time? Matthew has a potting strategy for that!
Jun 16, 2020
Episode 53: Cape Sundew, Drosera capensis Plant Profile
Looking for a striking, easy carnivorous plant? How about a beautiful companion to your tropicals that will pitch in and help catch those gnats? Stephen can't stop saying good things about this one. Grimly, Matthew tries to "improve his drosera outcomes." Let's support him, yes?
Jun 09, 2020
Episode 52: Philodendron gloriosum Plant Profile
Want to get those high-end Aroid feelings without all the work? We have an Aroid for you. Philodendron gloriosum has everything: Heart shaped leaves. Velvety green foliage. White veins. Rapid growth. Undemanding care requirements. Is this the BEST exotic Philodendron for home-growing? Matthew reveals that he showers with this plant. Should we call someone about that?
Jun 02, 2020
Episode 51: Blue Flowers: a Pantone-inspired Off Topic
Ever wonder why there are so few blue flowers? Don't even get Matthew started! (Oops - too late) His first wishlist plant was a blue rose when he was a toddler. A few decades later, and with Classic Blue as the Pantone Color of the Year, are we any closer? Have your science textbooks handy as we delve into ways genetic modification is changing the cut flower industry, a garden favorite that changes color already, and discuss why we even want blue flowers in the first place.
May 25, 2020
Episode 50: Plant Daddy Q&A, a 50th Episode Celebration!
Guess who's reached the big 5-0…. episodes?! Join us as we answer listener questions about pests, soil, lighting, and plant parenthood (sometimes with listener replies), and ultimately hijack the episode to talk through our own plant hoarding - nay, "plant collecting" - anxieties. At length.
May 25, 2020
Episode 49: Aroid Potting Medium: Substrate Sessions
Ready to elevate your indoor Aroid game? Matthew sure is, and wants everyone onboard! Is Stephen ready, though? Well, at a certain point he includes "praying" in his Aroid tips, so you be the judge. Gather around for our second Substrate Session, and don’t forget to bring your [every soil ingredient ever]!
May 13, 2020
Episode 48: Monstera adansonii Plant Profile
Do you like Aroids? Enough to listen through an episode that sounds like Stephen's calling from inside a whale? You’re in luck! Monstera adansonii is a practically perfect houseplant, as easy as Pothos. Stephen also surprises Matthew with how interchangeable it is with candles, and then tries to get his name on the waitlist for cuttings of the mature adansonii Matthew plans to have in half a decade. Tune in to hear about this ornamental plant, and troubleshoot the very few issues you could encounter.
May 05, 2020
Episode 47: Euphorbia obesa Plant Profile
The Plant Daddies are in complete agreement once again! Euphorbia obesa is a rare and endangered South African succulent, with the appearance of a stone sphere. Want to hear how Stephen snatched the last one away from Matthew at a sale? And then hear us torture some weird cheating husband analogy while imposing a sexual orientation on their poor, innocent plants? Um… then this is the episode for you? The quarantine struggle is real!
Apr 28, 2020
Episode 46: Psychoactive Plants: a 4/20 Off Topic Holiday Episode
It’s 4/20 today, so what better way to celebrate than a (pretty much) off-topic episode about two psychoactive plants most relevant in our lives? Since we’re a Seattle-based show, we’re obviously talking about coffee and marijuana! We discuss our relationships to Coffea arabica and Cannabis, their consumable products, and maybe some of our own experiences in growing them (when legally permissible, of course.) Our podcast is for entertainment and education, so please imbibe and garden responsibly!
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 45: String of Pearls, Senecio rowleyanus Plant Profile
In their first socially-distanced episode, the Plant Daddies discuss the String of Pearls, Senecio rowleyanus, and reminisce about the days when they could hang out and pilfer each other's plants. Whose succulent soil recipe is best? And how long will that poor cutting stay on Stephen's countertop? Brace yourself for some audio hiccups as we learn how to talk over the phone. It's hard for millennials!
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 44: Succulent & Cactus Soil: Substrates Session
Get ready to get dirty as we talk potting substrates specifics! Including our absolute favorite recipes and good options with easy-to-find materials. First up, succulent soil, which Stephen and Matthew agree is probably the most critical to get right for these plants' health. Listen to hear why they just do not use succulent potting mix off the shelves of most garden centers!
Mar 31, 2020
Episode 43: Quarantine Plant Projects
The Plant Daddies get together (at a safe distance!) to serve up a few quarantine-friendly plant project ideas. Hoya propagation box? Give those tropicals a spray down in the shower, or tidy up those plants, pots, and mounts that have gone unnoticed all winter? Pruning aroids for bushy growth or rapid maturity? We're here for you/it! We even manage to surprise each other with some of our suggestions.
Mar 24, 2020
Episode 42: Plumeria obtusa Plant Profile
Have you ever seen Plumeria on a vacation and wanted to bring that *feeling* home with you? Have you ever wanted to listen to two people in a wet, cold climate struggle with a tropical tree? Look no further than today's episode, where Matthew's Dwarf Singapore Pink Plumeria blooming success has truly gone to his head! Stephen forces a thorough audit of his past failures. Oh, and we have advice for you when you try, too!
Mar 17, 2020
Episode 41: Keeping up with ZZ Plants
The Plant Daddies cover Zamioculcas zamiifolia care, cultivars, some stories, and even patent law (before they turn tail and run!). And have you see the trending plant displays featuring the Black Raven ZZ Plant in American big box stores recently? We have all sorts of thoughts and feelings. Also, please sign my petition asking Matthew to STOP driving circles around Seattle looking for them. Thank you.
Mar 10, 2020
Episode 40: Plant Pest Geek-out, with Miles Jonard
Pull up a chair for a geeky chat about houseplant pests with one of our favorite local experts, tackling everything from spider mites to multi-syllabic chemical names. After a quick detour discussing plants that look like body parts (like our new mascots!), we tackle the worst pests for your urban jungle, how to prevent, identify, treat, and then continue to re-treat, until you finally come to terms with your indoor ecosystem! Are the Plant Daddies gleeful about each other's pest stories? You be the judge!
Feb 25, 2020
Episode 39: Fiddle Leaf Fig... how's that going?
Are we still thinking about our Fiddle Leaf Figs? The Plant Daddies attempt a Ficus lyrata deep dive, with special attention paid to those mature plants we may have bought during that craze a few years ago. If yours is now growing into the ceiling and/or misshapen… what now?? Matthew details his myriad attempts to create bushier trees, and then hatches a bold new plan. And don't miss another one of Stephen's vaguely rude descriptions of a plant he just isn't that into!
Feb 18, 2020
Episode 38: Sensitive Plant, Mimosa pudica Plant Profile
Do you want a plant that does more? Well… in this case the Plant Daddies don't necessarily. But they both agree that Mimosa pudica, also known as the Sensitive Plant, is a botanical oddity that they've enjoyed and will likely grow again. Is a plant capable of rapid movement one that can melt the hearts of those strange people in our lives who aren't into plants? Have we finally found a flower that only Stephen likes?
Feb 11, 2020
Episode 37: Mounting Plants, with James Gray
Join us as we talk all things mounting! From plant choices, materials and techniques… to tree crotches. Fellow Plant Daddy James Gray joins us to share his unique perspective on artistic mounting, with particular advice for mounted ferns and Tillandsia xerographica. Please take a shot each time Matthew says “humusy tree crotch.”
Feb 04, 2020
Episode 36: Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra elatior Plant Profile
Is Aspidistra the holy grail of hardy houseplant? We suspect that since they’ve been called Spittoon plants in the past, they must be pretty cast iron. The Plant Daddies discuss this plant's surprising, lengthy, and poignant presence in British history, what to look for when you're buying one, and treat you to an argument about something they've agreed upon! Matthew is kind enough to include a book review of one he hasn't read.
Jan 28, 2020
Episode 35: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma Plant Profile
It's a special day, everyone: Stephen has his first "real Aroid," and according to Matthew, his first "real tropical foliage plant!" After years of gnat-free living in a home brimming with carnivorous plants, tune in to hear Stephen struggling to wrap his mind around the unexpected side effects of suddenly-broadened horizons. We discuss our skepticism about the supposed R. pertusa mix-up in tissue culture, our care advice, and how this plant can give you a living wall without much effort.
Jan 20, 2020
Episode 34: Sansevieria
Sansevieria have been popular since they first entered cultivation… thousands of years ago? The Plant Daddies dig into this classic mainstay to answer some questions about this near-perfect houseplant - like why leaf cuttings don’t always produce the same cultivar as the parent. Matthew also shows his first genuine interest in variegated plants, but that might have to do with the fact that he learned that they are chimeras. Tune in to hear about this often overlooked, nearly-invincible Snake Plant!
Jan 14, 2020
Episode 33: Houseplant Data & Trends Bonus Episode
Did you miss us? Awww, shucks. If so, join us as we ease into the new year during this bonus episode, where we have an unstructured conversation about recent houseplant trends and interesting data from the GrowIt app. Geeky plant chat alert! We hope this tides you over before the Plant Daddies resume regularly scheduled programming next week!
Jan 07, 2020
Episode 32: 2019 Houseplant Highlights, with Mulled Wine
Stephen and Matthew slide (or limp?) toward the 2019 finish line and attempt a little walk down memory lane under the influence of holiday beverages (and more)! "Read between the blurred lines," Matthew says... I know... Anyway, we'll cover our plant highs and lows for the year, what we've learned about the houseplant hobbyist community, and our indoor gardening resolutions for 2020 before taking a brief break for the holidays. See you in early January!
Dec 24, 2019
Episode 31: Another Look at Holiday Plants
Are millennials less inclined to participate in "holiday plants?" The Plant Daddies discuss experiences and options, including fake vs. real trees and post-season poinsettia care. Then Devin Wallien stops by to share his favorites… from a dumpster dive? And Stephen, fresh from his discovery that amaryllis is actually a real plant (not a fanciful IKEA prop), may be more interested in other bulbs with weird foliage. Yes, typical.
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 30: String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii Plant Profile
String of Hearts, Tangle of Hearts, Rosary Vine… whatever you call Ceropegia woodii, you’re probably already in love with this beautiful trailing succulent vine. But this simple plant has one critical care detail you must observe before you can sit back and watch her vines trail down to the floor. And Stephen does not hate this plant! Why did Matthew think that?! How rude. Plus a bonus Taxonomy Time segment from Matthew.
Dec 10, 2019
Episode 29: Geeking out with Mr. Plant Geek, Michael Perry
Michael Perry of Mr. Plant Geek fame joins The Plant Daddies from China to chat about gardening, identity, and pretzels. We discuss his globe-trotting life with a partner who is decidedly NOT a Plant Daddy, and learn a bit about how Michael became the Plant Geek he is today! Grab a pretzel and get cozy.
Dec 03, 2019
Episode 28: Thanksgiving Bonus! Hanging out with Devin Wallien
In our Thanksgiving bonus, we sit down with Devin Wallien, a fourth generation horticulture professional and fellow Plant Daddy. We chat about myriad things, from Plumeria and Adeniums to composing the perfect balcony container garden-- all the way down to zone 4! Does anyone else think PP Plant should be the new name for Pilea peperomioides?
Nov 28, 2019
Episode 27: Fittonia & Hypoestes Plant Profile
The Plant Daddies have been fashionably late before, but we're YEARS late to the Nerve Plant and Polka Dot Plant party. However, something inspired us to give them a try - perhaps the videos we’ve seen online of their dramatic revival after getting some water - and we made it a point to try them ourselves. Listen in to hear our verdict on these charismatic, colorful little survivors!
Nov 25, 2019
Episode 26: Pinguiculas with Bob Beer
Pinguicula, butterworts, pings... whatever you call them, this carnivorous plant with beautiful foliage and showy flowers has a secret: it moonlights as a succulent. Bob Beer joins the Plant Daddies to walk through caring for these surprising, approachably easy houseplants.
Nov 19, 2019
Episode 25: So You Want to Propagate...
Join us as we geek out about propagation, from aroids to succulents, where we'll try to take you a level or two deeper than just *how* to do it. Why does propagation from leaf cuttings work for some plants but not others? And why didn't that heart-shaped Hoya kerrii turn into a full plant? Then Matthew tries to move some of his plants into Stephen's windows. Stephen says NO.
Nov 11, 2019
Episode 24: Calatheas and Prayer Plants
Matthew tries again to expand Stephen's "very particular" tastes with a sweeping introduction to the Prayer Plants and Calatheas. Will he succeed? And can he pronounce Zingiberales? Tune in to find out!
Nov 05, 2019
Episode 23: Off Topic! Little Shop of Horrors Halloween Bonus
Matthew and Stephen dive *deep* (drunkenly) into a favorite classic movie, Little Shop of Horrors, with the crew from 24 Flames per Second, one of our favorite podcasts! In 2019, is this a problematic narrative? Is Seymour even a plant person?? Wait…Jar Jar? Somehow this is a Halloween episode, OK?
Oct 31, 2019
Episode 22: Brassavola nodosa Plant Profile
Want to hear what it sounds like when we thoroughly agree on a plant? Behold Brassavola nodosa, a fragrant, tough orchid that we have both kept and loved for years. We'll walk through our different approaches and histories with this outstanding windowsill orchid.
Oct 28, 2019
Episode 21: Pothos. We're going to talk about them.
The Plant Daddies grudgingly admit the numerous merits of the pedestrian but perennially-dependable Pothos plants! Even some with rabbit proteins. Matthew admits that he is secretly propagating them. And listen, we don't get into care advice, but just give them some light and water once in a while. OK? 
Oct 22, 2019
Episode 20: with Jane Perrone, of On The Ledge
!!! OK, today we welcome one of our very favorites, Jane Perrone of On The Ledge podcast! She shares where her houseplant journey began, some of her current favorites, and even a few plants she would NOT grow-- and the Plant Daddies take sides! After our interview, we continue to dish on plants that we "do not prefer." Fans of variegation, shield your ears!
Oct 15, 2019
Episode 19: Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’ Plant Profile
Everyone has seen pictures of the internet’s current favorite Begonia on social media, Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’. AKA Polka Dot Begonia, this is a beautiful cultivar loved for its graphic, colorful foliage and white flowers. The Plant Daddies have a checkered [terrible] record with Begonias, so wanted to figure out if this popular but hard-to-find specimen would be their silver bullet to Begonias fit for paradise. More importantly, is this a flowering tropical foliage plant that Stephen can get behind?
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 18: Pilea peperomioides Plant Profile
Is there anyone online who hasn’t seen Pilea peperomioides? For a plant that has graced Scandinavian window sills since the 1940s, but wasn’t described in science until the 1980s, it has an explosive impact on the global houseplant community in the last few years. As Matthew says, the Pilea is so easy to propagate that they should be free. The Plant Daddies have grown it for years, and have opinions to dish about the Chinese Money Plant, Pancake Plant, UFO Plant, Missionary Plant, Pass-it-Along Plant...

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Oct 08, 2019
Episode 17: Mounting Staghorn Ferns
Are staghorn ferns a vegan alternative to mounted taxidermy? According to our guest, they are! Platycerium ferns are known for their coarsely branched fronds that resemble antlers more than the delicate, airy foliage of other ferns. They have certain cultural requirements for success, but these are fantastic as houseplants and one of the best ferns for indoor success. We bring a friend on the show to teach him how to mount (“with ruthless efficiency”) and care for these botanical oddities.

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Oct 01, 2019
Episode 16: Jungle Cacti
Not all cacti are from the desert! Some live in tropical forests, adapted for far less light and far more moisture than their desert brethren. Orchid cactus, Christmas cactus, and many others are epiphytic tropical plants, offering indoor gardeners an interesting alternative to the hot and dry-loving cacti we all know and love… And offering Matthew a chance to talk about his current favorites, the zig zag and fern leaf cactus! OK?

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Sep 24, 2019
Episode 15: What does "Succulent" actually mean?
Succulents are tremendously popular, as much for their sculptural desert beauty as their reputation for being hardy and tough. But when “succulent” is used to describe plants, what does it actually mean? The Plant Daddies attempt to clarify that, talk about how they grow their own favorite succulents, and share some advice for the plants most often being described when someone says, “I love succulents!”

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Sep 17, 2019
Episode 14: Indestructible Houseplants, part 2
Matthew reveals *his* favorite indestructible house plants. And his dream bathroom. In the end, Stephen forces him to make some difficult choices.

In this episode: Anthurium clarinervium (2:45) | Main Topic (8:43) | Our Recommended Plants (23:54) | Plants for Different Home Scenarios (34:10) | Plants for Different Watering "Personalities" (51:18) | Plants to Avoid (1:00:00) | Our Very Favorites! (1:07:43)

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Sep 09, 2019
Episode 13: Stephania erecta Plant Profile
Stephania erecta, with its woody caudex and contrastingly delicate, round leaves, is gaining popularity as a social media “It Plant.” The Plant Daddies are so enamored that they wanted to highlight it in their first Plant Profile mini episode, where they will discuss culture and care of specific trending houseplants. Will this become a permanent fixture in houseplant collections? Tune in to hear their prediction!

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Sep 05, 2019
Episode 12: The Plant Daddies Chat with Gayish Podcast
Mike and Kyle from the Gayish Podcast join the Plant Daddies to explore tangents upon tangents and maybe a few rabbit holes (well, a parrot hole). Seattle queer podcasts unite! A certain weed may have been involved...

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Sep 03, 2019
Episode 11: Indestructible Houseplants, part 1
We've all seen those top 5 best or easiest plant lists. Matthew and Stephen attempt to wade through this clickbait morass, attempting to clarify (and unloading a bit on) some of the vague buzzwords and "guidance." Tune in to see how those lists fared!

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Aug 27, 2019
Episode 10: Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees
Our first drunk episode! One of Matthew’s friends recommends a documentary about Judi Dench and her trees. Emma joins to watch and then discuss it with the Plant Daddies, but they drink ALL of the rosé and indulge in an unvarnished critique of this work, Judi’s garden coat, and their adoration for this peerless British National Treasure. Hilarity ensues. Judi Dench, trees, and Plant Daddy Podcast, what more could you want? 

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Aug 20, 2019
Episode 9: How to Grow Carnivorous Plants
Carnivorous plants are some of the most intriguing and unusual plants you can grow, and conveniently, many are very easy to grow. Stephen and Matthew talk about the basic care and cultural requirements of some of the varieties best suited for indoor or balcony growing. 

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Aug 13, 2019
Episode 8: Stephen's Experience w/ Carnivorous Plants
One of the most intriguing and exotic groups of plants are those that eat meat: the carnivorous plants! Stephen got into growing plants seriously when he got his first pitcher plant, and his collection has ballooned to include most of the common ones as well as some unique ones less frequently encountered. He shares how his interest grew with this fascinating group of plants.

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Aug 06, 2019
Episode 7: Decor and Decorating
Stephen and Matthew banter about the gay stereotype that homos are all born decorators, talk about their own apartments, how they design their living space, why design is important to them, and how they incorporate plants into their homes.

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Aug 03, 2019
Episode 6: Indoor Lighting and Supplementing your Light w/Miles Jonard
It’s time to talk about grow lights! Miles Jonard, owner of The Plant Store comes in to give Stephen and Matthew a primer on using artificial lighting for growing plants indoors, and their friend Chris joins for the first time!

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Jul 28, 2019
Episode 5: Our Favorite Types of Plants w/Miles Jonard
It’s another episode where Matthew puts on his plant geek glasses and lectures on a couple of his favorite types of plants, the Aroid family, and the Ficus genus. Stephen talks about carnivorous plants, and those that grow a caudex. They also introduce their first guest, Miles Jonard, owner of The Plant Store.

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Jul 27, 2019
Episode 4: Institut für Sexualwissenschaft and Seattle Hate Crime Statistics
Matthew researched some topics that were mentioned in Episode 2 - Seattle Pride 2019 Recap, in order to give more context to their mention of the Institute for the Science of Sexology and the rise in hate crimes in their local community.

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Jul 25, 2019
Episode 3: Matthew's Intro to Orchids
Matthew goes into full lecture mode and shares his introduction to orchids, focusing on their biology and background in horticulture, and discusses some of the most common types home growers are likely to encounter, especially the ubiquitous but still special Phalaenopsis orchid of grocery store fame.

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Jul 24, 2019
Episode 2: Seattle Pride 2019 Recap
Stephen and Matthew discuss Seattle Pride 2019, and talk about their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts about their local gay culture and how they fit into it.

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Jul 24, 2019
Episode 1: I'm Matthew, and I'm Stephen
Stephen and Matthew introduce Plant Daddy Podcast and share their passion for cultivating plants. They are going to teach, learn, and share, with such guests as botany and horticulture experts, amateur hobbyists, and unsuspecting friends. Up to 30% non-botanical content by volume.

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Jul 18, 2019