Talk to your plants!
Does talking to plants help them grow?
Your plants need some friendship too!
There is no real scientific proof that talking to your plants could actually help them grow. I've gathered a handful of reasons why you should try anyway. So, if you're still wondering whether your tomato plant looks greener after that last bedtime story or are you just a weirdo, read on!
Before we start talking...
A quick introductory poll to find out what you think before I start changing your mind/confirming your beliefs (cross out the wrong one)
Talking to plants - yes or no?
Talking to plants and science - part 1
It is scientifically confirmed that talking to plants can have beneficial influence on them... But hold on, it's not such breaking news, it's all pretty logical. Let me explain:
Truth 1: Photosynthesis speeds up if the plant receives extra carbon dioxide.
Truth 2: When you talk to the plant, you breathe on it. This means extra carbon dioxide from your breath.
What's the catch (OF COURSE there is a catch!)?
The catch: you would need to talk to your green friend for at least few hours every day to influence its growth at all.
Photo by Tiggered
The first plant-talker
Who started it all?
Well, it appears that we can point one person to blame. In 1848 a German professor, Gustav Fechner, published a book called "Nanna (mental life of plants)". He wrote that plants have excessive nervous system that enables them to feel emotions, so humans should try to reach those feelings. How? By talking, of course!
The book caused some controversy in scientific circles. Let's just say that Fechner's thesis was not generally accepted.
And today even Wikipedia does not mention the book as one of his accomplishments.
The royal plant talker
Prince Charles is still remembered for his 1986 TV interview, when asked about gardening tips, he said: "'I just come and talk to the plants, really. Very important to talk to them - they respond, I find".
Now, come on, guys, if the Prince does it, so can we!
Prince Charles talking to plants on the Web
- Prince Charles enjoys talking to his plants
From Mother Nature Network
- Prince Charles and the plants that talk back
From The National
- Maybe Prince Charles was right after all
From Mail Online
- Prince of Wales talked to plants: scientists test if it works
From The Telegraph
- I talk to plants, but that doesn't mean I'm potty, says Charles
From The Sydney Morning Herald
Talking to plants and science - part 2
There's other way in which speech could influence plants. Korean scientists suggested plants have two genes involved in plant's reaction to light that respond to sound above 70 decibels. Other scientists set this noise level even higher - at 92 decibels.
It's all good and scientifically sound, but it also means that to achieve desired effect, you would actually need to scream at your plants instead of simply talking to them.
You can try, of course, but be careful of how your neighbours might react if they catch you screaming at raspberry bush.
Talking to plants and Mythbusters
Discovery TV series Mythbusters decided to tackle the problem head on. They've set up various small greenhouses where plants grew accompanied by various sounds. Conclusion?
- Heavy metal works best
- Classical music comes at close second
- Talking to plants helps, but there is no difference between nice and nasty. Whether you compliment your carrots or shower them with string of abuses, they will grow just as well.
- Plants in silent greenhouse performed worst of all.
So there must be some point in plant conversations!
Talking to plants on Mythbusters - See it for yourself
My take on talking to plants
Hey, it's time for me to tell you all what I think!
Science or not, I believe talking to plants is a good idea. Because...
1. You've got someone to talk to.
2. They don't talk back.
3. To talk to your plants, you need to visit them. If you visit them, you will immediately notice those funny spots on leaves or remember to water them... See my point?
I have a funny feeling that every passionate gardener talks to his plants, even if only occasionally. It has nothing to do with their growth, it's joy.
Why not learn more about plants?
Let's talk about it! - You can discuss it with your plants first, if you wish :)
So, what do you think? Would you say that chatting with greens helps them grow or the only thing growing is the talker's insanity? Type away!
Do you talk to your plants?
Sure, and they all have names, too!
How did you like this plant talking lens? Useful, funny, or the worst graphomania you've ever seen? Let me know, I could even improve with time :)