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Talking To Plants!

The idea that talking to your plants can affect their growth rate  might, at first, seem to be a far fetched notion. But is it really? We all know people who seem to have a proverbial "green thumb." More often than not, they seem to be folks who genuinely like plants.  Their idea of a good time is spending long hours in the hot sun of summer working  in their garden or potting plants. What is it that separates them from the average person who is indifferent to plants?

"Cosmic Love?

Could it be that they have the ability to establish a sort of emotional link with their plants? Could these people be radiating a form of  "cosmic love" that makes their plants strong and hardy? Conversely, is it possible that people generating negative  emotions stunt the growth of plants? There is a body of literature that suggest that this may well be the case. So here at Ufotalk-time we decided to do some experimenting of our own.

The following experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that plants can be affected by human emotions. This experiment was first discussed in a Ufotalk-time chat. (See the chat of 11/23/99 in our chat archives.)

 

Limited in scope and with fewer controls than would be desirable in a strict academic study, the experiment, nonetheless, yielded some interesting results. And we invite you to examine the results and form your own conclusions.

The Experiment Begins.

Pea plants were started from seed on December 21, 1999
The seedlings were transplanted on January 6, 2000
All plants were placed in the same size pot, with the same amount of soil, and given thesame amount of water at the same time. The plants were placed in a window that faced a greenhouse.

Two plants were in each group.
Group A was the control group
Group B listened to negative thoughts for 5 minutes at a time, twice a day
Group C listened to positive thoughts for 5 minutes at a time, twice a day
Groups B and C plants were taken into a closet for the talk, and then returned to the window.
The same students were used throughout the experiment, one for positive talk, one for negative.

Results
                                           Conclusions

Inconclusive results.

The plant that survived the negative talk, grew 0.1 cm taller than the plant that received positive talk.

Both the control group and the negative group had a plant die.
The negative group actually grew better than the control group and the positive group. I'll let you folks figure out any other interpretations

RESULTS

 

GROUP A

GROUP B

GROUP C

   

Height

Height

Height

         

   1/10/2000

Plant #1

  8.5 cm

  8.5 cm

  7.5 cm

 

Plant #2

10.0 cm

10.5 cm

12.5 cm

         

   1/13/2000

Plant #1

  8.5 cm

  8.5cm

  7.8 cm

 

Plant #2

11.5 cm

10.5 cm

12.9 cm

         

   1/18/2000

Plant #1

  9.0 cm

Dead

  8.0 cm

 

Plant #2

Dead

12.1 cm

14.0 cm

         

   1/21/2000

Plant #1

  9.0 cm

Dead

  8.0 cm

 

Plant #2

Dead

12.1 cm

14.0 cm

         

Overall gain

Plant #1

  0.5 cm

***

  0.5 cm

in height

Plant #2

****

  1.6 cm

  1.5 cm

         

 

Notes from Penelope:


Here are the words spoken to the plants. Remember, these are 12 year olds!!

Positive Talk

"Grow, you plants are the best"
"G-R-O-W" "What's that spell?" (said like a cheer)
"Try to touch the sky"
"You're the best plant in the world"
"Try your best at growing"
"You're so pretty with your light green, dark green and green colors"


Negative Talk

"Die you nasty plants, die"
"You are the worst plants in the world"
"Die you worthless pieces of green seeds"
"You are so ugly when you are standing up, so fall over and don't get
up"
"You are so ugly when you're green, and you wouldn't be ugly if you were
brown and falling over"

Note: The two boys who talked to the plants were given no instruction on what to say, other than it had to be positive talk, or negative talk.
They talked to the same plants twice a day for five minutes each time.
Once before 8:15 am, and the second time around noon each day, Monday through Friday.

 

 

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