Several weeks ago on our weekly Gralien Podcast, we mentioned that there was a plant we had hanging around Gralien International that simply had not been doing well. Thus, right in the middle of the broadcast, I proposed an experiment: remembering The Magic of Findhorn, a book I had come across years ago describing the growth of abnormally healthy vegetables in soil lacking in mineral richness, I suggested that we try something novel, and I began talking to the ailing plant.
Prior to this experiment, my attempts at reviving the plant using fertilizer, sunlight, and water had failed miserably. Though there was a very small amount of new growth on the ailing stems, leaves had previously been dropping off like flies from a bug-light. This plant (it’s actually a pair of cordyline plants together in a single pot, which are native to Australia and New Zealand) now has shown remarkable improvement with no fertilizer administered within the last several weeks; only daily water and sunlight, with the addition of my going and “visiting” with the pair for a while whenever I can.
I’m sure this sounds very silly to many of you… I must admit, I haven’t spent that much time talking to plants in the past myself. However, once you take a look at the “before” and “after” photos below, maybe you’ll consider whether the experiment had any beneficial effects… you be the judge!
Gralien Report AUDIO Classics:
Below is our “before” image, taken the day we proposed the experiment (approximately one month ago):
And here is the same pair of cordylines one month later, after having received a little verbal TLC from the Gralien gang:
Obviously, there may be a variety of factors that contributed to the plant’s apparent recovery. However, could there be any link between plants receiving a little attention from other species in beneficial, even loving ways? Maybe there is more to some people being described as having a “green thumb” after all, especially when that person is showing genuine care for the plants they are overseeing.
“Plant Buddies” image courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.by