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Streamlining and Simplifying Houseplant Care: Checking in with the guys from the Plant Daddy Pod, Ep 144



Happy New Year, plant friends! I hope you had great holidays and like me, are looking forward to a fresh start in 2022. In the first episode of Season 7, I invited some of my favorite planty podcasters back: Stephen and Matthew of the Plant Daddy Podcast, for a really fun conversation inspired by streamlining and simplifying our houseplant care routines. This convo is really rooted in reflecting on 2021 and learning from the transitions we all went through and these guys are just so lovely, so insightful, and thoughtful about their approach to plant care. They share plant care efficiency tips that I think we can all adapt to our own plant care routines!


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In this episode we learn:

  • [00:35] Happy new year, plant friends!
  • [03:36] Stephen shares the transitions he and his collection went through in 2021
  • [07:28] Matthew’s life and plant collection updates
  • [14:48] How plant rack systems work // Tray Method
  • [17:13] How to group plants in your plant rack
  • [17:40] Different ways of watering plants efficiently
  • [23:42] Stephen shares his plant rack setup
  • [25:00] The biggest change Matthew applied to his plant care
  • [27:25] 3 tips to maintaining your urban jungle with thriving plants
  • [29:34] Plant care efficiency tip: hang plants by the window!
  • [30:56] How much light do your bookcase plants need?
  • [36:01] Maria’s experience maintaining her plants through four different home environments
  • [37:38] Acclimating your plants to varying growth conditions
  • [38:30] Why grow lights are great investments
  • [39:54] What Matthew’s plant care routine looks like today
  • [40:59] How Stephen engages with his plants
  • [43:24] How your plant parent personality changes with your plant collection
  • [47:58] What’s your favorite aspect of your plant care routine? 
  • [50:22] What are you not liking about your plant care routine recently?
  • [52:53] Matthew and Stephen share their plant intentions for 2022
  • [54:27] Maria’s 2022 plant intentions
  • [56:57] Where to find the Plant Daddy Pod

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Stephen and Matthew's Plant Care Efficiency Tips


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