Plants Talk and Communicate!

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As we settle into winter, I am enjoying reading gardening books , browsing new catalogues  and watching documentaries on plant and nature related topics. I have to share an exciting documentary I watched this week:  “What Plants Talk About”  is available on You Tube or thru Netflix. A wonderful study on experiments done relating to plant behavior and the way they act both above and under the soil. Turns out, plants move and behave just like animals do!  They are always on the hunt for food, nutrients and even other plants! Botanists have been aware of plants Allelopathy, the capacity of certain plants to release chemicals to inhibit the growth of other plants and capture the soil resources and   establish large colonies. Since they can’t change location or move, they have adapted a system of chemical communication to send out stress signals and to conduct chemical warfare.  Plants are a lot more intelligent that we ever imagined!  If you want to learn more, I highly recommend you watch this hour long documentary.  Love to hear what you think about your houseplants now!

“Pants speak in a chemical vocabulary we can’t directly perceive or comprehend.”  Michael Pollan

Related reading:

The Intelligent Plant, by Michael Pollan

The Secret Life of Plants,   Docummentary.


3 responses to “Plants Talk and Communicate!

  1. I find this very interesting, very scientific too. Though what I experience with plants all my life is that they communicate via telepathy if they need water! That’s my houseplants. 🙂 it is true!


  2. Welcome to the gardeners coach blog! Yes, fascinating is it not? In the making of “The Secret Life of Plants” the documentary, the authors, Peter Tomkins and Christopher Bird, performed many experiments on house plants that seemed to indicate that plants shared “Phisical, emotional and physical relation to man” I encourage you to see it if you are so inclined. The link is above.


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