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The Dos and Don’ts Of Pandemic Planting During SoCal’s Erratic Weather Changes




In this photograph taken on July 29, 2020, geneticist and 'aroma sculpturer' Michael Moisseeff  examines a plant in the garden of his home at Montegut-Lauragais near Toulouse, southwestern France.
In this photograph taken on July 29, 2020, geneticist and 'aroma sculpturer' Michael Moisseeff examines a plant in the garden of his home at Montegut-Lauragais near Toulouse, southwestern France.
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Whether it's planting succulents, growing fruit trees in a garden or finding solace in indoor greenery; taking care of plants has become a huge trend during the pandemic. Studies show that having plants in the house to tend to can relieve psychological and physiological stress.  

And many people are taking advantage of the booming economy. Gardening entrepreneurs are experiencing boons in sales, while horticulture homebodies are using social media to share their tips. The Los Angeles Times created its "PLANT PPL'' series in the summer of 2020, shedding light on plantfluencers and plant enthusiasts of color. 

But Southern California’s recent blistering temperatures followed immediately by overcast weather may be worrisome to most plant parents. We ask our fellow pandemic gardeners: Are you providing the absolute best care for your plants to survive Southern California's erratic weather?

Today on AirTalk, we talk with experts who specialize in creating environments where plants can thrive. We want to help you with your plant parenting journey during the pandemic. Ask your questions by calling 866-893-5722.

 

Guests:

Liv O'Keeffe, senior director of communications & engagement at the California Native Plant Society; she tweets @LivOKeeffe

Danae Horst, founder of the indoor plant store Folia Collective in Eagle Rock, CA; author of "Houseplants for All: How to Fill Any Home with Happy Plants" (August 2020, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); she tweets @foliacollective