by Taetske | 1:03 pm
(Last Updated On: January 24, 2019)

 

The secret life of plants, a very special book

 

Do plants have feelings? Do plants recognize you? Have you ever thought about these things?
Well, I did not until 1973 when I read the book “The secret life of Plants” by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. Many years have passed but I clearly remember 2 stories which impressed me a lot.

 

geraniums

Geraniums

 

2 Special experiments

Imagine a room with a number of different geranium plants in flower pots. Each plant has electrodes attached to its leaves. In a room close by, a monitor faithfully records all the reactions of the plants. Different people come and go and these plants are being nurtured and well taken care of, with regular light and sufficient water.

Then, one day a new person enters this room and kills one of the geranium plants. Literally stamping on it, tearing it apart and destroying it. On the monitor, it was observed that the other geraniums were very agitated, like experiencing real fright. The dead geranium was taken away and everything became normal again. For some time nothing happened. The geranium plants were treated well and on the monitor nothing special could be observed.

More than a week later, the assassin entered the room. All the geranium plants showed agitation as if they recognized the killer. One must wonder, how is it possible for a plant to remember a person? Could they smell the individual through his (her) chemical signature? Plants do have the ability to detect chemicals in the air.

 

 

Afraid of flying

The second story is of a woman who was scared to fly. As an experiment and in preparation for her first flight, her houseplants were fitted with electrodes on their leaves. This woman had to travel many miles till she reached the airport. On entering an airplane for the first time in her life, she became very nervous. On takeoff, she got really frightened, and until she safely landed some hours later her nervousness was high.

Her houseplants reacted. On the monitor, it was observed that during the time of the flight, the plants felt the agitation of their owner.

I remember when I read this book in 1973, I was absolutely fascinated by these stories.

 

 

Your relationship with nature

In 1989 a new, updated, Secret Life of Plants was published. This was a fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and men. It underlines the human relationship with nature. I wonder if many people have kind of lost this relationship. Just look around you and see what is happening to our environment every day. It is not often that one can detect harmony with nature which is especially sad, as we only have this planet to live on.

We are nothing without the flora. It makes Mother Earth beautiful, it provides a habitat for animals and plays a very important role in providing us with clean air (remember that trees produce oxygen). Not only does it provide the very air we breathe but also medicines that help us survive our own errors in judgment. What we can learn or obtain from plants is almost unlimited. Examine as an example, the Amazon Rainforest. Only 10% of its plants have been studied by scientists, yet it has provided us with many beneficial natural medicines. I think that mankind, animals, and nature as a whole are interconnected, but we have lost that connection.

I came across some very interesting information I had never heard of before. Damanhur is an ecovillage and spiritual center, situated in the Piemont area some 50 km north of Turin in Italy.

 

italian alps

Italian Alps

 

On the grounds is a sacred forest where singing plants have been recorded.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed at the music you can hear. It seems that the plants are conscious of the sounds they make.

Already a long time ago people were interested in the feelings of plants. In the year 1848, the German experimental psychologist Gustav Fechner thought that plants were capable of emotions. He said talking to them and being nice to them would promote growth. I have experienced that myself with my orchids.

 

beautiful orchid

Beautiful orchid

 

Happy orchids in my house

I have friends who cannot have orchids in their house. They often receive an orchid as a present and within one week, the orchid is losing its flowers and starts to look dismal. They will give the orchid to me, and in my house, they are happy and live for many years. They produce abundant flowers twice a year.

The other day, while trying to guide a stem with little buds, I broke off the top. I was ever so sorry, believe me. During the following 2 weeks, I would send the wounded plant my energy, holding my hands around the broken stem. It has recuperated and is now creating a new stem with buds a little below the wound.

Then there was an Indian scientist, Jagadish Chandra Bose who made experiments with plants in the year 1900. He invented several different instruments with which he could measure the electrical responses in the plants.  When a plant dies, it seems it suffers an electrical spasm.

The famous playwright George Bernard Shaw was a vegetarian. He visited the laboratory of biologist Patrick Geddes. There he witnessed the death of cabbage, it had convulsions while it boiled. One wonders how Mr. Shaw reacted to this but it seems he was upset by it.

 

 

Not conclusive results

Some tests to prove the claims in the Secret Life of Plants have not had a confirming result. One said that these claims of plants having feelings were untrue. Personally, I think that all living things have some kind of feeling. Perhaps not in the way we have feelings, but still.

 

snail on a leaf

Snail on a leaf

 

New findings on plant feelings

In the past years, new evidence has come to light. Even if a plants response to being hurt is not exactly the same as in a human or animals, it is still visible that they react. Plants do not have a nervous system, neither do they have neurotransmitters, but they do have glutamate. When a plant is bitten by an insect or somehow injured, it releases glutamate at the place of the wound. Then a calcium wave rushes through the entire plant body, which in turn, releases their stress hormones.

A plant cannot run away like animals or humans. It has a built-in mechanism to defend itself and repair wounds. I am sure that in the future we will hear more about what plants are capable of doing. Everything in existence is made of energy.  All life on this world, humans, animals, and plants, are made of the same materials and energy.  They have had a different evolution but when you go back to the beginning, everything is made up of atoms.

 

As an afterthought

The more we find out about nature, the beauty, and its complexity, the more amazing it gets.

I have already commented that plants might be able to recognize individuals through chemicals in the air.  A report from “The Scientist Magazine” documents that plants communicate through the air, by releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

I did not know that plants can also communicate through the soil, by secreting soluble chemicals into the soil and transporting them along thread-like networks formed by soil fungi.

With this in mind, it is not inconceivable that a plant might send out distress signals when it is dying and other plants would recognize the additional “smell” of the assassin.

Don’t you think we live in a wonderful place?

 

Source: Wikipedia

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

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Comments

charles39

I would have placed a bet that plants have no feeling or don’t recognize the owner but going through this  I have to think again. it’s very interesting though to think of and how human mistreat plants as they have no one on this planet.I hope to allot more will see this blog and feel the way I felt and for sure things would change to how we treat the plants.

Jan 22.2019 | 04:37 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Charles,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?
    I will bet with you that we do not know everything about plants. We might know 10% and I am sure that in the future many new things will be discovered.

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 22.2019 | 07:57 pm

Rob

I was vaguely aware of the book “The Secret Life Of Plants” but I was unaware of the two experiments mentioned in the article. I have always been rather sceptical of the whole “talking to plants” ethos, notwithstanding Prince Charles’ views on the matter, but those experiments do give food for thought. Hopefully, we can still eat fruit and vegetables otherwise even vegans will be struggling for a food source! My favourite 1970s sci-fi show, “Space: 1999”, featured an episode called “The Rules of Luton”. A very brief synopsis: two astronauts land on a planet not just populated but ruled by plants; not the triffid-style variety but ordinary plants who take a dim view when one of the astronauts picks a flower. It seemed silly back then but, with these experiments in mind, was it so far-fetched? 

Jan 22.2019 | 04:43 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Rob,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Personally, I think we are allowed to take from nature but we should not take more than needed. Like the native Americans who would thank nature for its gift. We are far away from living in harmony with creation and that is why there are so many problems in our world.

    I looked up your” Rules of Luton” and tomorrow will try to watch it.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 22.2019 | 07:49 pm

Laura Endahl

Oh my, that video is absolutely amazing.  Now I can honestly see where in “harmony” with nature comes from.  That just totally blew me away. 

I knew they were alive, and needs positive attention, just like any living being.  But to hear them singing, that is just, I’m still in awe over it all.  Even watched the video again.

I just wish man would see that many of life’s answers come from our forests, trees, plants, etc.  I fear they are all too caught up in technology–myself included.

Thansk for that awesome experience,Laura

Jan 22.2019 | 04:53 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Laura,

    Nice to hear you enjoyed the music making plant video, even twice. That eco-village in Italy is a place I would love to visit. Till then I will have to do with my farm in the south of Spain, not a bad place to be able to live.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 22.2019 | 07:41 pm

AbiodunS

I always believe that all living things have feelings and response to a stimulus, including the plants. I, however, don’t know how plants can recognize someone talk more of remembering the person. This sounds incredible but true. Plants are wonderful and the experiments show that there is are relationships/connections between plant and human. The benefits of plants to mankind cannot be overemphasized. 

Jan 22.2019 | 05:01 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Abiodun,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    That plants can remember a person is quite extraordinary. I hope that in the future more information will come to light. We really should take care of our environment.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 22.2019 | 07:36 pm

Rod Brown

Irrespective the origin, is it lucrative to assume that it was a joint endeavor, or just a lucky happenstance?  Where there is order, there are similarities in all things, as if created by one origin, one Creator. Bible references the instance In Genesis where the earth cried out because of the blood of Abel, and again In the new testament as Jesus rode into Jerusalem and told his apostles that if the people were silent, the rocks would cry out.  

There is a connection between all things, the one Creator.  I don’t find it a mystery, but I do find it awesomely wonderful.

Thank you for your research, BCNU, Rod

Jan 22.2019 | 05:03 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Rod,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    When one thinks that we all form part of creation it is very sad to see that humans treat it so badly. This planet is the place where we all live and respecting our environment it could be a lot nicer and peaceful. Perhaps we will learn one day, I hope so.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 22.2019 | 08:12 pm

Steve

It really is amazing when you read about nature. You find something new every time and it never ceases to be something incredible! I had heard that plants have emotional reactions, but didn’t know to what extent it was possible. You are absolutely correct when you state that we live in an incredible world. This certainly is motivation to take care of it! I found the stories of the geraniums and the woman’s flight to be fascinating! Thanks so much for writing this! 

Jan 22.2019 | 05:37 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Steve,

    Thank you for commenting on my post. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Nature holds so many mysteries, it never stops to amaze me. On my farm I have a couple of big and old trees, I sometimes have a little chat with them. 

    Regards, Taetske 

    Jan 22.2019 | 07:32 pm

Dave Sweney

This was a fascinating article for me, as it caused me to reflect on my own experiences and relationship with nature, flora and the environment in general. There is no doubt in my mind that plants are indeed amazing and that in their own way can make music. 

There is a lot we cannot prove but know to be true. We accept some things based on circumstantial evidence that indicates that which we may not be able to see. This is the case with plants. In all my years on this earth, I have had a love and a bond with nature.

It started as a young lad growing up in Northern Minnesota (USA) and Ontario (Canada). There we were literally surrounded by forests, lakes, wild animals, and nature. You learned at a young age to appreciate and respect humans inseparable relationship with nature.

We also had Native Americans in the family to provide more wisdom on that symbiotic relationship that has been there since time forgotten. Their perspective on all things in nature, to include plants, is a much closer and more accurate one in my eyes than in some cultures.

Plants have traveled with me as I have crossed the world and always I try to have at least a couple in any place that I live or work. Even in the desert conditions of Dubai, we have made a special effort to nurture plants indoors and outdoors. I cannot imagine a lifeless landscape devoid of all plant life (even in the desert you will find plants that somehow survive).

So to get back to your post on how amazing plants are, and to the question of whether or not they may be able to sing, I feel they do have a form of energy that is radiated to everything around them. They also are able to absorb energy from things around them, so it makes sense to me that at some level, they can react to good and bad, and manifest this through some form of communication.

Great read, thanks much for making my evening a reflective one!  

Jan 22.2019 | 05:46 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Dave,

    Nice to see you again. Thank you for your comment.

    I grew up in Holland and was also blessed with a lovely place to live. We had a big garden of which part was not landscaped forming an exciting piece of nature. I would make expeditions dressed like an Indian together with our dog and cat. I even had a real bow and arrows. My Father made a tree house for me, you can imagine I was a real tomboy.

    Michael, who emigrated from the U.S. to Spain in 2016 also has Cherokee blood of which he is proud. Yes, I know, never take more than needed, say thank you and honor the spirit. 

    Remember the Kirlian photography from 1939? When I heard about that I found it so interesting. Now I know all living things emit certain radiation which can be seen and measured.

    My Father loved conifer trees. He had a collection of 40 different ones in the back of the garden. They all had a tag with the Latin name on it. Every day he would make a walk through his little forest, he would talk and touch them and they grew absolutely beautiful.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 22.2019 | 08:40 pm

Alblue

I’ve heard that plants understand what we talk and their growth can be influenced by the emotion in our talk (as you mentioned above). It’s amazing to think that plants can feel and even sing. After all, plants are living beings too, just like humans and animals. 

I believe plants have souls too. I’m most amazed by the fact that plants can also recognize people, like the experiment with geranium flowers. Nature is indeed amazing and we shall preserve it 🙂

Jan 23.2019 | 09:21 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Alblue,

    Thank you for your comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    I like it that you say plants have souls too. If we take in consideration they form part of creation and they are also made up of atoms the same as humans and animals for sure they will have also the Godly Spark inside.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 23.2019 | 02:54 pm

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