The Chelsea flower show is the world's most famous gardening event, but houseplants are starting to make big inroads into this fixture in the horticultural calendar. I visited the show to check out the indoor gardening displays in the Great Pavilion, and met up with friend of the show Alys Fowler. Here's a summary of all my Chelsea interviews:
There were so many pictures I want to bring you, I thought I'd just stack them up at the end of this post, so scroll down for more pictures while you listen to this episode. They should be in (roughly!) the right order.
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Callie from the US wanted to know why her lemon tree's leaves were going greeny-yellow after the plant had some spells outside in the sunshine - I suggested that the plant may be suffering from some sunburn and cold exposure from the sudden move. It's always worth 'hardening off' houseplants gradually by increasing their exposure to conditions outside over a period of days, starting them in shade and moving them to brighter spots (if necessary) once they have adapted. There's a good RHS guide to growing citrus and some problems you may face here.
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I'll be making an appearance at Gardeners' World Live in Birmingham on June 14 on the Blooming Interiors stage - check out the schedule here. Next week (episode 51) I'll be talking to my fellow GWL presenter and Gardeners' Question Time regular Matt Biggs about all things houseplant.
I am also going to be at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on the afternoon of July 4 giving talks on houseplants in the roses theatre - do join me if you can. And on the evening of Friday October 26 I'll be bringing a live show of On The Ledge to the RHS London Urban Garden show, with special guests including Alys Fowler and all kinds of leafy fun! Put those dates in your diary NOW!
This week's show featured Roll Jordan Roll by the Joy Drops, An Instrument the Boy Called Happy Day Gokarna by Samuel Corwin, and Overthrown by Josh Woodward, all licensed under Creative Commons.