Science Questions

Sat, 22nd Oct 2005

Part of the show Social Insects, Biting Bugs and a Potted History of Honey

Question

Maz in Peterborough asked:

Is it true that talking to plants helps them grow better?

Answer

In 1948, a man called Gustav Fechner thought that plants had emotions, so talking tot hem would help you get in touch with your plants and encourage them to grow. Studies also show that music might help plants, especially classical music. However, rock music is supposed to make plants wither away. But apparently this is not the case. If you talk to your plants, you're giving them lots of attention and probably looking after them a lot better. There's also some scientific truth in it. If you got right up close to your plants and talked to them for several hours a day, they'd probably get more carbon dioxide.

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