December 4, 2019
Leslie joins me today to talk all things ROOTS- what they are, the different types, how they function and how to care for them!
November 5, 2019
Chris Satch joins us today to discuss all things variegation!
October 22, 2019
Plant Side Chats are shorter episodes with just Maria as she shares life lessons learned in the garden. Today's topic is: What to do when your orchid or plant doesn't bloom when you want it to.
October 15, 2019
Kay from @inrootedlove joins me to discuss what is up with the "semi" or "passive" hydro craze- what is is, why it's awesome and how a newbie could try their own set up! I get so inspired I make a set up of my own that is thriving!
October 8, 2019
Rob from Farm.One joins me today for an introduction to Hydroponic Gardening and fun suggestions for beginners to try hydroponics at home!
October 3, 2019
Follow Up to this weeks episode on The Science of Soil with some resources on sustainability.
October 1, 2019
Dr Mark from Metrolina Greenhouses joins me to break down exactly what is in the soil we put our beloved plant babies in. We talk peat moss, perlite, pumice, earthworm casings, troubleshooting and answer listener questions!
September 24, 2019
Leslie Halleck joins me today to break down the science of light, why it's important for plants, and rules and guidelines to live by when purchasing grow lights for your home.
September 17, 2019
Today community members share their favorite stories of appreciation for their plants, and we learn about the Amazon Rainforest Fires and how we can help.
September 10, 2019
Joe Lamp'l from joins me today to talk about fun plants to grow in the fall, and how to get organized in preparation for next spring!
September 3, 2019
The Houseplant Guru joins me today to discuss low light environments, how to maximize light and what plants to pick (both basic and advanced options) for our low light homes.
August 27, 2019
Second Part of our Growing Cannabis mini series! Today we discuss how to get cannabis to flower, how to harvest and cure the flower and have a discussion about the Cannabis industry with Rooney and Chudy
August 20, 2019
Today I'm joined by a home grower (Rooney Bloom) and a commercial grower (Chudy Azuogu) about the similarities and differences between growing Cannabis in Denver. This conversation is broken into two episodes: Todays which is from set up to vegetative stage, and next weeks which is flowering to harvest. It's an amazing conversation that transcends Cannabis and will be eye opening for anyone who likes growing any type of plants!
August 15, 2019
Hi Plant Friends!   I'd love to feature you and YOUR plant stories in an upcoming community episode of the Bloom and Grow Radio Podcast. The theme of the episode is "Indoor Plant Appreciation" for National Indoor Plant Week! Call in following the instructions below and share your favorite story about a plant of yours: it could be a plant parent win, a loss, a lesson learned, a new friendship that blossomed, a funny story or a #plantmomfail or #plantdadfail. Whatever you want! I want this episode to inspire our community to keep blooming and keep growing together :)    I can't wait to hear from you!   Instructions for being on the Indoor Plant Appreciation Episode! 1) Call (267) 478-2521 2) Please spell your name and email at the beginning of the message so I can contact you! 3) Share your story in the voicemail! Share your favorite story regarding an indoor plant: whether its a fail, a win, a humble brag, or a story of #plantfriendsIRL- your choice! **Tip: The google voice only allows for a 3 minute message, so you might want to write out your story, or jot some thoughts down on paper to allow for you to effectively tell your story without getting cut off. If your story requires more than 3 minutes, you can call back and leave back to back messages.   Deadline for submissions is September 3rd! 
August 13, 2019
Nick Pileggi joins me in the Live Taping at Urban Jungle Philly to discuss Peperomia 101!
August 8, 2019
Today I’m just intro’ing you to Season 4 and giving you my off the cuff update on what I’ve learned from being away from my plants for 6th months! Sharing recent life lessons, what’s bringing me joy lately and how I’ve been bringing my passion for plants on the road with me. Season 4 will officially launch Tuesday August 13th. Make sure you are subscribed to the podcast so you don’t miss one episode!
August 2, 2019
Chicago Plant Friends! We are having a FREE BAGR listener meet up THIS Saturday August 3rd from 10 am - Noon at Sprout Home Chicago!
June 25, 2019
Christopher from @plantkween joins me to discuss his strategies for planning the perfect (and most epic) plant shopping day, and the importance of self care, inclusivity and representation in the plant community.
June 18, 2019
Mickey from the Hollywood based Mickey Hargitay plants joins us to discuss houseplant trends over the last four decades and a plant journey from being grown at a grower to plant shop to our homes.
June 11, 2019
Leslie Halleck returns to Bloom and Grow Radio after her successful series on Understanding Natural Light to talk PROPAGATION!
June 4, 2019
Kevin from Epic Gardening joins me for a fun conversation on indoor vs outdoor gardening and container gardening 101 for houseplant parents who might want to take their first step to growing edibles!
May 28, 2019
Our live taping in Tucson with a panel discussing living and styling houseplants in the desert!
May 24, 2019
Maria shares why Bloom and Grow Radio is now on Patreon- and how and why you should become a "Plant Friend" of the show!
May 23, 2019
Maria shares tips about how to move homes with houseplants! Tips come from Maria herself and the Bloom and Grow Community! Full blog and youtube video with all details associated with this episode in show notes!
April 30, 2019
Rachael from Infinite Succulent joins Maria at a live taping in San Diego to make living Succulent Crowns!
April 23, 2019
First Live Taping of BAGR with Folia Collective and Work Hard Plant Hard on the wonderful work of online and IRL plant community
April 16, 2019
Summer Rayne comes back on the show to help us navigate that tricky moment when we are plant shopping and find a plant we want to take home... but have no idea what type of plant it is.
April 9, 2019
Dave from Crown Bees joins us to discuss what pollinators are, why bees are so important and why the honey bee might not be the most effective pollinator out there.
April 2, 2019
Today's episode features YOU, the listeners, who called in to share their lessons learned from their own #plantfail . This episode is meant to show you that everyone has plant fails, and that they are actually an important learning opportunity for every plant parent!
March 27, 2019
Not an episode- but invite for local Seattle Plant Friends to come to a Bloom and Grow Radio Listener Meet up!
March 19, 2019
A short and sweet episode in my Plant Side Chat series about what I experienced visiting the Redwood Forest for the first time.
March 12, 2019
Chris Satch comes back on the show to demystify plant latin, why it's so important for us to understand and the fun history behind it!
February 26, 2019
Today’s guest caught my eye on social media because of his incredible travel itinerary and his obvious passion for finding the plants we know and love as houseplants, in their natural habitats around the world.
February 19, 2019
Darryl from Houseplant Journal joins us to discuss the important of soil aeration and how to have plants in a low light environment.
February 12, 2019
Plant Friends, you’ve heard me talk about my “Plant Co Parent” on this podcast, you’ve seen in him in our Botanicals and Booze Happy Hour Insta-stories, or maybe in our most recent Wallygro Install insta-story, and now, it’s time for me to officially introduce to the love of my life, and “partner in plants,” Billy Morrissey, to you. This past year and a half has been big for me with leaving my Plant Killer Ways and becoming a Crazy Plant Lady, but it’s also been a whirlwind for my live in boyfriend, Billy. He has been there every step of the way as I’ve built our Urban Jungle, and this podcast, and let me tell you… although the process has been magical and I wouldn’t change a thing, it hasn’t been the easiest. He has had this intense hobby thrust upon him, and over this past year or so, we’ve learned a lot about how to manage my new found passion while still having a healthy relationship and a happy (and uncluttered) home. So plant friends… this episode isn’t necessarily for YOU… it’s for your partners, your friends, your roommates, the people in your lives that indirectly benefit (I hope they think benefit, they might think suffer) from our planty hobby. Billy prepared a bunch of tips he’d like to share that he’s learned along the way in dealing with my 0-60 planty explosion in our apartment. I’d love for you to share this episode with those “plant co-parents” in your life, but also I hope this episode inspires you to take a minute and admire and respect those who embrace our hobby with open arms, and maybe inspire some ideas for projects for you and your partners in the future! Quick reminder that today is the deadline for submission for the Plant Fail Lessons episode that I want to feature YOU in. Details and instructions below. In this episode we learn: the secret behind the Bloom and Grow Radio themesong how Billy first reacted when I went crazy about plants how we’ve grown and learned to communicate about my new hobby tips from Billy on how to live with a Crazy Plant Person For discount codes to the products mentioned in today's episode (Modern Sprout Grow Bar, Soltech Solutions lights, and more) check out Instructions for participating in the upcoming Listener “Plant Fail Lessons” episode of Bloom and Grow Radio 1) Call (267) 478-2521 2) Please spell your name and email at the beginning of the message so I can contact you! 3) The google voice only allows for a 3 minute message, so you might want to write out your story, or jot some thoughts down on paper to allow for you to effectively tell your story without getting cut off. If your story requires more than 3 minutes, you can call back and leave back to back messages. Follow Billy: IG: Twitter: Follow Bloom and Grow Radio: Instagram and Facebook: @BloomandGrowRadio Website: Garden Club:
February 5, 2019
with Marc Hachadourian NYBG Marc joins us today to educate on where the plants that make up the Marantaceae family come from, how to care from them indoors and troubleshoots our listener questions!
January 29, 2019
Updates and exciting announcements about Season 3 and an invitation (and instructions) for YOU to be featured in an upcoming episode!
January 8, 2019
Happy News Years! Today I’m reviewing the lessons I’ve learned in all of the incredible conversations I’ve had over the 49 episodes of Bloom and Grow Radio. Man, I have learned so much!
December 25, 2018
Plant Side Chats are a series on the Bloom and Grow Radio podcast where Maria (host) muses on life lessons learned in the garden or from plant parenting.
December 18, 2018
I’m joined again by my new plant friend and horticulturalist and lighting expert, Leslie Halleck, for part two of my quest to understand what “bright indirect light” really is. Free worksheet availble for download to take your own natural light measurements in the episode!
December 11, 2018
Leslie Halleck joins Maria to discuss how to understand our individual indoor environments.
December 4, 2018
Enid from NSE Tropicals joins me again for Part 2 of our Aroids 101 series. We dive into Philodendron, Alocasia, Rhaphidophora and MORE!
November 27, 2018
Enid from NSE Tropicals joins Maria for a 2 part series on all things Aroid.
November 23, 2018
Are you getting a Christmas Tree this year? Listen to the episodes mentioned here to 1) Learn best practices for cut christmas trees and how to have a locally sourced tree that you compost after the season #responsibleplantparent 2) have a LIVING, potted indoor christmas tree that you can replant after the holiday season!
November 20, 2018
an interview with neuroscientist Dr. Caitlin Vander Weele on what happens to us when we become crazy plant people
November 13, 2018
Tylor from @urlocalplantboy and Arium Botanicals X Intent joins us to walk us through how to make our own DIY moss poles to help replicate our houseplants natural environment. It's a super simple and fun project!
October 30, 2018
Maria walks you through a “few of her favorite things” aka planty products that she has enjoyed this year. This episode is for anyone who might be curious about plant related products out there for their urban jungles or for possible gifts for planty friends or relatives. All discount codes, links and product reviews and photos can be found at
October 16, 2018
The Plant Side Chat Series is Maria's love letters to the life lessons she learns in the garden. Today, Maria shares a story about the importance of pruning in your garden and life through the tale of her balcony strawberry plant.
October 9, 2018
Donna Letier of Gardenity joins me today as the second guest of my Planty Business Series to jam on the topic of growing a business like we tend a garden. Gardenuity creates custom gardens of herbs and vegetables delivered to your door, tailored specifically to your zip code.
October 2, 2018
Chris from The Sill joins me to discuss the art of bringing your plants back indoors for the winter after the summer months. Perfect compliment to Episode 18- Prepping Your Plants for Spring!
September 25, 2018
Today I'm joined with the Barb Kreski, the Head Horticultural Therapist at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Eve Minson of The Center for Discovery to discuss Horticultural Therapy; what it is and how it's used to heal people.
September 18, 2018
My OG #plantfriendIRL Alessia from @apartmentbotanist joins us to discuss how she manages her growing collection of over 150 plants in her small NYC apartment, and her humidity hacks to help them thrive.
September 11, 2018
Ryan from Dig It Gardens joins us to discuss how to bring desert plants indoors. We talk Succulents, Cacti, care, troubleshooting and more.
September 4, 2018
Hilton Carter joins us to discuss his famous collection of plants, plant styling tips and much more!
August 21, 2018
Scott Cain of @tropicaloco joins us to discuss all things Monstera: how to care for this #instafamous plant, troubleshoot care problems, and more! Tune in if you are curious about the plant behind #monsteramonday or are interested in bringing one into your urban jungle!
August 7, 2018
Josh Rosen of Airplantman joins me to discuss all things airplants, what they are, care, watering, best ones to look for. Listen in to learn all about caring and styling for this incredibly unique plant!
July 24, 2018
Molly Mansfield, the artist behind the Bloom and Grow "Keep Blooming" Print, and joins me to talk about the joys and strategies behind keeping plant babies and human babies living harmoniously in small spaces!
July 10, 2018
Chris, the plant scientist from The Sill joins us again today to discuss his favorite topic... and my least favorite topic.. Orchids, basic orchid care and troubleshooting! Chris gives us SO MUCH amazing knowledge that has empowered me to try orchids again. Dont miss this one if you have any interest in orchids at all!
July 3, 2018
Today Luke from MIgardener joins me to discuss my favorite topic- Indoor Citrus!
June 12, 2018
Today’s short and sweet Plant Side Chat is honoring my first balcony herb garden and the lessons I learned, since I just planted up my new garden for this upcoming season. One of my favorite stories to tell is the story behind our first Tomato Plant, why it was kind of an epic #plantfail, but how it was the most important plant in the garden to learn from that summer. Tune in to learn why and how the lesson I learned from it applies to so many facets of life.
June 5, 2018
Joe Dombrowski of @mrdtimes3 joins me to talk about how he uses his passion for plants to enhance his classroom experience.
May 29, 2018
Summer Rayne Oakes joins us again (you listened to her on Episode 04) to chat pests! She helps break down what pests and insects are, why our house plants get them, and how to treat them.
May 22, 2018
Today Erin Kobayashi of @LeighKiyoko joins me to talk all things Fiddle Leaf Fig and #flffriday
May 15, 2018
Danae from Folia Collective joins us to talk about how she started her own plant shop, and how you can too!
May 8, 2018
Today we celebrate how plants have affected our relationships with our mothers and grandmothers. Listeners called in to tell their stories in their own voice.
May 1, 2018
This is the first episode of Season 2, with special guest Mariane Garceau from the New York Botanical Garden ( . Mariane gives us a tutorial on everything we need to know about setting up and harvesting from a successful windowsill herb garden. I also announce the launch of the Bloom and Grow Garden Club- my online community of Plant People! For more information visit For Planty Mothers Day Gift Ideas visit
April 5, 2018
Plant Side Chat # 3, a short and sweet episode about the changing of the seasons in our external world, and what that can mean for us internally.
March 28, 2018
Craig LeHoullier and my Mom join me to discuss best practices from growing tomatoes from seed, or from the store. Craig is a leading expert of tomatoes and my Mom comes from a lineage of Italian farmers who grew tomatoes. If you are at all interested in growing tomatoes (even from your apartment windowsill) this episode is full of all the information you need!
March 20, 2018
Jesse from @teenytinyterra joins us to share his story behind his plant collection and company and gives us a terrarium 101 tutorial! He is the best!
March 13, 2018
Part of the Plant Science with The Sill Series. Chris and I discuss everything you need to know to prepare your houseplants for spring to bloom and grow!
March 6, 2018
Christine from @workhardplanthard joins us today to help break down the studies that are currently out there proving how plants actually improve peoples lives. Christine is a full time physician and helps us understand how the studies are conducted and what they prove. Plus we just have a lovely conversation about the many ways plants can help improve our lives. Follow Christine @workhardplanthard and Follow Bloom and Grow radio @bloomandgrowradio and
February 27, 2018
Part Two of The House Plant Club Series! Join us today to discuss the creation of, House Plant Club and how to mount epiphytes (plants that grow on or around other plants or objects) successfully!
February 20, 2018
@houseplantclub series Part 1 of 2! Morgan of @plantingpink leads us through her top 5 tips for creating an amazing planty Instagram feed. This is part 1 of the 2 part series for House Plant Club in which we celebrate the two founders and their friendship that lead to an incredible plant themed Instagram Account and Etsy shop!
February 13, 2018
How can we have a month devoted to friendship without an episode on THE friendship plant! In the episode we learn: proper pronunciation, how PIEP was created, the story behind how Pilea spread across Europe, Pilea care 101, troubleshooting issues and discounts (10 % off using the code Bloom10 on Follow Piep: Insta:, @pilea.lovers, @plantunicorn Facebook: Pinterest:
February 6, 2018
Plant Side Chat #2 - Planty Friendships for Friendship February on Bloom and Grow Radio! We dive into the beauty of plant friendships and why they are so important!
January 30, 2018
I welcome Chris from The Sill ( back to the show for the beginning of our Plant Science Series featuring The Sill. We break down the science behind photosynthesis and grow lights and get into everything the modern Plant Parent should know about indoor grow lights! I also crowdsourced you Bloom and Grow Radio listeners for what lights YOU are loving. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for your suggestions and discounts on our listeners favorite grow lights.
January 9, 2018
Michael Perry of @mr_plantgeek takes us inside his fun, edgy take on horticulture and the Mr Plant Geek World. We talk about how he grew Mr Plant Geek to what it is now, how he created plants like the "Tomtato" and "Egg and Chips", his picks for the next hot houseplants and tips for Plant Parents who travel. Follow Maria: @bloomandgrowradio Follow Michael: @mr_plantgeek
January 2, 2018
First part of the Plant Side Chat series where we will explore the lessons learned from caring for plants. Today's topic: Bloom and Grow at Your Own Rate.
December 19, 2017
Meagan of @plant_lady_is_the_new_cat_lady joins us to discuss the joys of having plants and cats, and how to avoid keeping toxic plants in your home. Nature's Miracle Just for Cats No Scratch Spray: Grannick's Bitter Apple Spray:
December 12, 2017
Darryl Cheng joins us to discuss all aspects of soil, and the creation of his Houseplant Journal Blog, Book and Instagram Account.
December 5, 2017
Olena of TheOperatingSystem joins us to discuss the creation of her Urban Jungle of 150+ plants, selling plants on Etsy and Propagation 101.
November 28, 2017
Today we discuss best practices for selecting, caring for and recycling of Cut Christmas Trees with Mary Jeanne Packer of The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY. We also discuss how dangerous artificial trees can be for your home
November 21, 2017
Summer Rayne Oakes of Homestead Brooklyn. The famous creator of her Urban Jungle in Brooklyn with over 670 plants discusses her collection, best plants for Advanced Plant Parents, the importance of getting off social media and showing up, and using plants to Practice Patience.
November 14, 2017
Diana Zarins of How To Succulents lets us in on her 5 ways to not kill your succulents. This episode is for you if you have any curiosity whatsoever about succulents and How To Succulents.
November 13, 2017
Plant Scientist Christopher Satch from The Sill educates us on the best houseplants for beginners, the different types of plant parents, how #plantsmakepeoplehappy, the difference between low, medium, bright light and using plants to expand your mind and practice kindness and understanding
November 13, 2017
Bloom and Grow Radio is a weekly Podcast designed for the Urban Jungle Dweller, Houseplant Enthusiast and Succulent Killer alike. Maria Failla interviews different “Plant Parents” in the Urban Gardening community to source houseplant care tips, stories and lessons they’ve learned from caring for their plants along the way. Each episode has a practical and spiritual tips and stories that empower and inspire the listener to have their own houseplant collection.
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