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Episode 82: Winter Plant Care with Darryl from @houseplantjournal and Jaz from @gardenstead


I’m in Canada and connected some my favorite Canadian plant friends for a fun discussion on the winter months (while we are in the midst of a cold Toronto December). Today I have Darryl from @houseplantjournal and Jaz from @gardenstead to not only discuss how to care for our plants the winter months, but to more importantly, how to “zoom out” to think about what is actually happening to light and our surroundings in the winter to better understand WHY we alter our care routines. We might push you to think and go a little deeper in your plant care approach and routine- it’s lots of food (or should I say “fertilizer”) for thought with these fun plant parents!

In this episode we learn:

  • Why and how light changes in the winter
  • How winter’s change in light affects our indoor plants
  • Signs to look for in our plants to see if they are transitioning well
  • Why dormancy is important
  • Tips for caring for houseplants in the winter
  • Fun plant projects to do in the winter

Mentioned in the episode:

Maria's Favorite Things // Holiday Gift Guide and Discounts:

Youtube tour of my indoor grow lights:

Website for measuring light Darryl Uses:


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