Today’s post is focused on feeling like yourself and your plants

I recently went to a plant swop day in Cape Town and besides blowing my mind, it made me think of the way we value and connect with plants. Not just their ability to provide us with oxygen and green up a space, but the emotional connection some of us develop to our house plants, or plants we propagated ourselves.

I shamelessly refer to my 64 houseplants as my babies because I care for them on a level that can only be described as the same way a mother cat would protect her babies. This was made clear when someone offered to swap me some planters in exchange for a few of my babies. I reacted as if someone was threatening to steal one of my children. I’ve had some of these for over 5 years and cared for them, kept them alive, changed their potting soil, transplanted them and fed them as needed.

Why would you react this way to a plant that you could easily buy or wouldn’t affect you in any way if it was absent? I like to believe that you connect with that plant on a vibrational level, this might sound like something you experience after drinking Peyote tea and dancing on the beach all night (Insert Grace and Frankie visual reference) but it’s true. Plants react to vibrations, and every time you talk to your plants, walk past them or even touch them, they react.

Ok, so it’s not entirely substantiated that talking to your plants make them grow better, but it has been proven that they respond to certain vibrations that would threaten them on an ecological level. In a study done by Dr. Heidi Appel from the University of Missouri they found that mustard leaf plants reacted to the vibrations given off by the sound of a caterpillar chewing on leaves, which made the plant respond by increasing levels of glucosinolates, the same chemical that gives mustard its bite, but in high concentration is toxic to caterpillars. These plants were never exposed to the threat of a caterpillar, but were able to beef up their defenses by reacting to the vibrations of a threat alone. Interestingly they did not respond very differently to the sound of wind or insect mating calls.

So love your plants, talk to them and keep them healthy, just maybe avoid eating a salad to close to your favourites, no one wants to revisit the little shop of horrors.

Blog written by Mark Mac Hattie

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