Was Prince Charles Crazy?


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220px-Prince_Charles_2012.jpgIn 1986 in an interview Prince Charles stated that he talked to plants and they responded. The question here is simply "is this guy a nut?" I'm sure that I'm not the only person to ever hear about how talking to plants can actually help their growth. I actually thought to post this walking past the greenhouses right behind Wartik. So I decided to do some research about this. I actually discovered that the first time this idea had come about was in a book titled Nana written by Gustav Fechner in 1948. This information actually came from a Penn State Professor Rich Marini Ph. D.. Dr. Marini found that talking does no necessarily help the growth but plants do react to vibration. "Wind or vibration will induce changes in plant growth." Using common knowldge anyone should be able to understand that the reason we are able to speak or make any sounds is because of our vocal chords vibrating. Really all sound is a vibration. So in a sense talking to plants can effect their growth. At least the is the opinion that I can come up with. But lets look at a more scientific explanation of this, after all this is a class for non-science majors and I'm most definitely not a science major. The Royal Horticulture Society conducted an experiment using recordings of people reading. The recordings were placed a root level for an entire month and the plants who used the recordings did in fact grow faster, and also responded better to a female voice. Following this experiment South Korea's Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology discovered that plants react well to 70 decibel level (the volume of a normal conversation).It was discovered that certain genes in plants tend to open up more letting more light in when sound stimulates them. If you would like to read the entire article about this here is the link. http://vegonline.org/vegetarian-lifestyle/does-talking-to-plants-really-help- So I think based on the experiments done and the research done we can say Prince Charles was not as crazy as he seems. dpan2599l.jpg

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"So I think based on the experiments done and the research done we can say Prince Charles was not as crazy as he seems." Your blog is so interesting, it related science with our daily life... I have some plant---actually some cactus.... I sometimes speak to them...when I am in bad mood and have no one around me...Can it help them grow?..Or the sorrow words will kill them?? I've read the whole article through the live link you gave.. It tells me a lot.. Maybe I should treat my plants better in the future..because that my plants "are thanking to me very, very subtly." I totally agree with this saying"They’re the perfect partner when you need to just sit and vent for a while about your day or your life ."

I have never been able to keep a potted plant alive. Maybe I will have to start talking to them!

I remember my high school biology teacher telling me about an experiment done in which scientists put sensors in a field. The scientists then lit the field on fire and the sensors were able to pick up some sort of "emotion" from the burning plants. Like the article you posted, this experiment posed the question of whether or not plants have feelings. Can having a chat with your plant encourage them to grow?

I'm still a little skeptical, but I believe like you that the change in growth was most likely due to vibrations.

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