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Episode 02: Top 5 Houseplants for Beginners and Learning Kindness with The Sill’s Christopher Satch


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Today’s episode is with one of my most favorite Plant People I have met yet… Christopher Satch! He is the Plant Scientist and Head of Education at The Sill. The Sill is an amazing plant shop located in Chinatown, NY that not only sells plants, but also hosts monthly educational events and ships potted plants nationwide. They also have created a somewhat cult following on Instagram with over 150,000 followers who drool over their urban jungle inspirations and informative plant care stories.

I’ve had the pleasure of going to one of Chris’s Plant 101 classes at The Sill, which was not only informative, but wine filled, so fun and a great way to meet other Plant Parents in NYC. His wealth of knowledge about every plant under the sun is unparalleled, but what makes him so special is his humor, perspective and openness. I couldn’t be more excited to have him as my first guest!

If you are looking for an amazing, concise overview of the top 5 plant care basics, this is the episode for you!

In this episode you will learn:

  • A little about Chris’s personal journey with plants
  • How houseplants help you reconnect to nature
  • The Sill, it’s mission and how #PlantsMakePeopleHappy
  • Plant 101 courses at The Sill
  • Top houseplants for beginners
  • All beginners are not created equal! Are you a low maintenance or high maintenance Plant Parent- and how that informs which plants you pick.
  • Fun trick to save your plants from your radiators in the winter
  • Houseplant care 101
  • The difference between low, medium, bright light
  • Using plants to expand your mind and practice kindness and understanding

The website Chris mentions about measuring sunlight is !

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  1. Nicole says:

    Hello! I just found your podcast and listened to episode 2. I had a few questions about what you and Chris talked about. I’d love more details on the soaking method in general and specifically, can this only be done with terra cotta pots/pots made from a porous material? Or can it be done with any pot with a drainage hole? Regarding a humidifier, I’d love recommendations for type/brand and tips/info on how often/location/etc. I loved his detail about low, medium and bright light. Very helpful! Lastly, regarding fertilizer, I think I’ve found that it is is important to avoid leaves when fertilizing because I recently had some burning on pothos and philodendron leaves after fertilizing. Is that correct? Or maybe its ok for fertilizer to get on leaves and I mixed it too strong? Loving your podcast so far!

    • Maria Failla says:

      Hi Nicole! I use the soaking method from any of my pots with holes in the bottom. I don’t have a humidifier recommendation but I believe that @apartmentbotanist on instagram does? the trick with humidifiers is just to make sure they dont get moldy! With fertilizer- you have to be careful as they can burn the plants if not mixed properly, so I’m guessing maybe you made it too strong? and yes, best to avoid leaves when watering if possible!

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