The Parrot Flower Power Development Team is happy to announce the inauguration of a new video series we’re calling “Ask an Expert”, where we find experts to answer questions from the community about plants, technology, and everything in between.
The theme of the next episode will be determined by the questions we get from our users and followers. Remember, a question can be anything from how to grow a particular species of plant to how the Parrot Flower Power measures light, fertilizer and moisture (no question is too green, geeky or challenging!).
If you have a question for the webseries, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, send it to us through our Facebook page, or send us a message on Twitter @Parrot with the hashtag #AskAnExpert. Include your name and your location along with your question.
In the first episode of “Ask an Expert” we asked our longtime collaborator and PlantDB partner Filip van Noort of the Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands to answer some of our user’s questions about the effects of watering a couple of days too late, orchids, and growing plants in the winter.
- Rachel from Seattle asked: “What will happen to my plant if it doesn’t get enough light?”
- Alex from New York asked: “What’s the consequence of watering my plants one or two days later than the Flower Power tells me to?”
- Frances from Ottawa asked: “What can I do to make sure my plants make it through the winter?”
- Mathieu from Paris asked: “My orchid has lost its flowers and the stem has turned to wood. Is it dead?”
The Parrot Flower Power Team
Transcript of Episode 01 – Ask an Expert
Matthew: Hello and welcome, we’re here in Bleiswijk Netherlands with our resident botanist for the Parrot Flower Power, Filip van Noort. Filip is going to help us answer some of the questions that our users have sent us about taking care of their plants. Hello Filip!
Filip: Hello Matthew.
Matthew: So we have 4 questions here. Rachel from Seattle asked: “What will happen to my plant if it doesn’t get enough light?”
Filip: Well Rachel if your plant doesn’t have enough light it will try to survive and it will get rid of older leaves and maybe older shoots and eventually it will die. But for most plants that will take a while.
Matthew: And how do you know… how can you… what can you tell Rachel to look for to know that her plant isn’t getting enough light?
Filip: Well, most of the time you will see older (parts of the) plants turn yellow or turn brown and fall off. Those are the first signs that you have problems.
Matthew: Related question from Frances in Ottawa. Frances from Ottawa asked: “What can I do to make sure my plants make it through the winter?”
Filip: Well Frances, if you live in an area with lack of light in winter, you could move your plants to the window and try to get them as much light as possible.
Matthew: Alex from New York asked: “What’s the effect on my plant of watering my plants one or two days later than the Flower Power tells me to?”
Filip: Well Alex, it’s possible that the leaves from your plant start wilting, so it’s not smart to wait longer than necessary.
Matthew: Can you add… can you tell Alex… explain to him what happens when a plant doesn’t get enough water.
Filip: Well if a plant doesn’t have enough water it will wilt and the leaves will get smaller and in the end they will die and fall off. But also here the plant will try to survive, so older leaves and older parts of the plant will die first.
Matthew: And finally, we have a question from Paris. Mathieu from Paris asked: “My orchid has lost its flowers and the stem has turned to wood. Is it dead?”
Filip: No your plant is not dead. The leaves are green and so you could try to reflower your orchid again by cutting back the old stem, the old spike, and you put your orchid in a room with a temperature of 17 or 18 degrees (Celsius) for at least 6 weeks and then you could manage to reflower it again.
Matthew: Well thanks for your time Filip.
Filip: Well it was a pleasure Matthew.