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Popular and Unique Aroids to Try this Summer with Enid of NSE Tropicals, Ep 153



Aroids have always been fascinating, with their different leaf shapes, structures, and texture, it's no surprise that this set of plants is only growing more and more popular today. In this episode, we welcome back the queen of the aroids, Enid from NSE Tropicals, to discuss five popular and unique aroids to try growing this summer! Enid is just such a well of knowledge on more unusual aroids and she shares some more unique types that we might want to introduce to our collections. This episode is definitely geared towards you curious collector plant parent types out there, so let's dive in!

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In this episode we learn:

  • [00:49] Free membership to the Garden Society? Yes, please!
  • [02:47] Enid’s book and NSE Tropicals updates
  • [05:40] Why are aroids so popular? Why are aroids the perfect beginner houseplants?
  • [08:31] What makes houseplants ‘rare’?
  • [11:59] Aside from NSE Tropicals, where can you source ‘rare' plants?
  • [13:11] What you need to know when sourcing plants internationally
  • [15:57] What do people need to look out for when buying plants abroad?
  • [17:04] Where to get the best seeds for your spring garden!
  • [18:27] The best and wide-variety selection of plant tones and fertilizers for you
  • [20:28] Unique Aroid #1: Philodendron tortum
  • [23:57] The magic of watching a houseplant leaf unfurl
  • [24:43] Unique Aroid #2: Philodendron bernardopazii
  • [27:01] Unique Aroid #3: Anthurium veitchii
  • [29:28] What kind of light do these rare aroids need?
  • [29:58] Unique Aroid #4: Anthurium ‘Selby’s Silver’
  • [32:10] Shoutout to Bloom and Grow listener, Joey!
  • [34:36] Unique Aroid #5: Philodendron distantilobum
  • [36:54] Bonus plant: The Offolteranium
  • [37:57] Enid shares the inspiration behind her book Welcome to the Jungle
  • [38:59] Where to get Enid’s book
  • [41:16] Take advantage of this sweet Growing Joy offer!

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