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Houseplants are celebrated for their amazing foliage, but I think we overlook an another amazing ability, a specific subcategory our favorite indoor plants have—the ability to bloom! Some people say we are intrinsically connected to flowers because way back when, they signified fruit. Personally, I just think they are joyful as hell with their bright colors and let's be frank, we all need a little more joy and color in our lives. To give us a better grasp of this beautiful subcategory, I've invited back Lisa of The Houseplant Guru to talk about the must-knows of houseplants that bloom, and how reconnecting with this group of plants can help us reconnect to generations we might never know.

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In this episode we learn:

  • [01:13] Maria’s garden updates
  • [02:34] Welcome, new Garden Party and Garden Society members!
  • [04:15] Introducing Lisa, a beloved Bloom and Grow Radio guest
  • [06:38] African violets and their underrated beauty
  • [08:27] What are the differences in plant care between foliage houseplants and blooming houseplants?
  • [13:25] How long should grow lights stay on for flowering houseplants?
  • [14:13] How does photoperiod affect the bloom cycle of a plant?
  • [15:42] Can you put orchids under grow lights?
  • [16:59] Do blooming houseplants need fertilizer?
  • [20:24] What to do when your orchids don’t bloom
  • [21:52] The perfect and most sleek grow lights for year-round indoor lighting
  • [23:24] Where to get an easy-to-use and most varied selection of fertilizers and tones
  • [25:10] How to get orchids to re-bloom
  • [26:26] Maria and Lisa share their thoughts about collecting plants and moving homes
  • [29:51] Best blooming houseplants for beginners
  • [30:59] Why do you need to turn your holiday cactus all year round?
  • [31:53] What is the trick for beautiful and healthy African violets?
  • [33:36] Best blooming houseplants for beginners (continued)
  • [36:17] Best blooming houseplants for intermediates
  • [38:38] Are Gerbera daisies appropriate houseplants?
  • [39:37] How to make blooms last longer
  • [40:37] Should you fertilize your plant while it is in bloom?
  • [41:04] Lisa’s favorite blooming houseplants
  • [41:44] Where to get Lisa’s latest book!
  • [43:27] Maria’s personal story on how blooming plants connected generations of their family
  • [48:17] Closing remarks

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