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Do plants have feelings?

  1. MarleneB profile image98
    MarleneBposted 5 years ago

    Do plants have feelings?

    I was watching a gardening channel and they showed a plant that curled up its leaves when it was touched. That made me wonder whether or not plants have feelings. I know, it's a silly question. But, if plants react to touch, could it be possible that they have feelings, enjoy certain music, grow better when we talk to them? I just want to know what you think.

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Yes. Indian Scientist Dr. Jagadishchandra Bose invented a instrument named crescograph & did many experiments on plants.

    Suppose there is a lush green plant and its leaves are a sparkling green in the shining sunlight. We feel like pulling out a leaf to feel it. But we do not think of what goes on inside the plant. Maybe, we feel that the plant does not suffer like us. But the plant does suffer. In fact the pulsation of the plant stops where the leaf was plucked. In a short time the pulsation again begins at the spot, but this time very slowly. And then it completely stops. That spot is as good as dead for the plant.

    1. Laurinzo Scott profile image73
      Laurinzo Scottposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think that everthing alive... or that even was once alive has some sort of tie-in to the Universe and God ...just like animals...if it feels; however we have to priortize and know where plants and animals are on the scale of importance

    2. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Until I saw that gardening program, I really had not thought of plant "life". Thank you,  JThomp42 and Laurinzo Scott, for taking time to share your comments. I see things a little differently now.

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      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are so welcome Marlene.

  3. heidithorne profile image98
    heidithorneposted 5 years ago

    I've always thought they do. Life has many forms, but all life forms have the capability to communicate and respond to their environment. Reminds me... gotta repot those houseplants before they start "talking" to me. smile

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, and the thing about houseplants is that they are so full of drama - turning all sorts of colors just to get their way. I have one plant whose leaves are threatening to turn brown all because I forgot to water it in time. wink

  4. peachpurple profile image84
    peachpurpleposted 5 years ago

    yes, in malaysia, there is a wild plant that is called " daun semalu" which literally means shy leaves. When you touch the leaves, it will closed up and open up later. There are torns and bushy flower on it. I do believe plants have feelings too. When you play a classical music, the plants will bloom beautifully.

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have heard this to be true about classical music. I think I'd like to try playing classical music to grow prettier plants.

  5. connorj profile image76
    connorjposted 5 years ago

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    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lettuce be! This video offers a whole new take on the concept of vegetables and feelings. I ponder, does carrot juice constitute murder? Cute video. Thanks.

  6. howtobeasuccess profile image73
    howtobeasuccessposted 5 years ago

    For me its NO. Only humans have feelings. The closest to human that might have feelings would be the animals like cats, dogs and lions. But, i believe that they do not have feelings either. They act out of instinct and not on feelings.

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Instinct is a good word. In fact, I heard that the leaves curled up so that herbivores would think they were dead and would not eat them. It was a response to being touched.

  7. Express10 profile image88
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    I don't know about having feelings but plants certainly can be responsive to their environments. Also, many people have found their plants actually grow better when classical music is played frequently. I also believe there have been studies showing this as well. As for touch, the plant probably developed that response of curling up it's leaves as a defense mechanism.

    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes. On the show that I watched, the botanist said that the leaves curled so that herbivores would not eat them.

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    rameschgfposted 5 years ago


    1. MarleneB profile image98
      MarleneBposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      ...but not "feeling(s)". I get it! Thank you very much for your response to this question.