You’ve just received a gift from someone who considers you as a person who is very special to them – a bouquet of fresh flowers and a box of chocolates. Well this is nice, you think to yourself. In a surprisingly short amount of time, you consume the box of chocolates, and you’re now staring at the bunch of flowers, which you’ve already put in a vase with cold water.
Still dwelling on the very admirable fact that someone is sensible enough to give you a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates, you dreamily mumble words of gratitude, reflecting on the amiable gesture that you were the recipient of. The next thing you know, you find yourself having a one-way conversation with flowers! Don’t get me wrong, but don’t think that talking to flowers, or other inanimate objects, is demeaning. But does communicating with flowers lengthen their lifespan? By the end of this article, you can discern for yourself whether it does or it doesn’t.
Largely, the habit of talking to plants with the intent to lengthen their life is a common thing to hear from various garden enthusiasts. It’s temptingly easy to conclude that this is mere baloney. But surprisingly, thanks to a few experiments, there IS truth behind this. A group of scientists of the South Korea National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in 2007 came up with the results that exposing rice plants to classical music affects 2 genes in the plant. These two genes are responsible for the plant’s response to light – which of course, is an essential part to its growth.
Another experiment done is by the famous T.V. show of Discovery Channel, The Mythbusters, in their 2004 season. In that experiment, they had several samples of pea plants exposed to different kinds of sounds and recordings. These recordings varied from human speech and genres of music. They discovered that the plants exposed to sound 24/7, without regard for what sound was played, grew significantly better than the peas with no sound played to it. Despite such tests, the scientific community hasn’t wholly accepted this, so there’s still a lot of skepticism surrounding this method. It’s probably because they can present no firm explanation. But as far as the experiments prove, the vibrations brought about by sound waves seem to aid in the growth of plants somehow.
What about the lifespan of a bouquet of cut flowers?
Several flowers can survive an extended amount of time by putting the cut stems in water. If the flower is still able to go through photosynthesis during this state, you can say that it’s still alive. Since I earlier showed you the head-scratching effect of sound waves to plants in general, and since a living flower is still a plant, we can say that it can have the same effect on those flowers. If it’s true that the vibrations due to sound waves can help the plant respond better to light, but also aid in the transportation of nutrients throughout the plant, then maybe, but just maybe, the flowers will live a little longer than without it.
I’m no guarantor. But I’m pretty impressed with the results of the experiments on those plants. Aren’t you? So what’s stopping you from having a good chat with those sweet-smelling cuts of flora? If you’re just really happy enough to do it because you appreciate the flowers so much, why not just do so?