Getting a Peace Lily to Bloom, Human Hair in the Garden, and Biennials

Hear Ellen and C.L. talk about the practice of putting human hair in the garden will keep critters away. Next we explain how to get a peace lily to flower again, and the difference been a plant that’s an epiphyte and one that’s a parasite. C.L. tells how she came to be a garden communicator (she never intended to write and talk about plants and gardens!) and we answer Sam’s question about when biennials flower.

:32 True or False? Will human hair keep critters out of the garden?

3:12 Plant noob:   How to get a peace lily to flower again.

8:08 Eat/Drink/Grow:   Plants that are epiphytes verses plants that are parasites. What is the difference?

15:12 Story: how CL became a garden communicator

20:19 Love Letters and Questions Sam asks about when biennials flower. Every other year? Odd years? Even years?

Here is C.L.’s peace lily that only blooms when the winter sun streams into the window and hits these leaves.

Orchids are epiphytes. They grow ON trees but do not take any energy from those trees.

This is dodder, a parasitic plant. Dodder grows on other plants and takes nutrients from them. If you see green, yellow or orange threads in your plants that look like “silly string” that’s dodder.

These are feverfew (white), foxglove (pink spires) and verbascum (yellow spires) – all biennials. Biennials grow one year, bloom the next and then they die.

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