“Talking to Plants”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
I don’t really know if there has ever been any definitive answer in reference to talking to plants, or if playing Mozart is really beneficial, but I have just found out through my own field study that talking to plants does work. In this case, it is not just talking to a plant but threatening it. Let me start at the beginning.
At least eight years ago, I got a clump of Dietes bicolor or butterfly irises from my mother. I had admired hers for several years and was so happy to have some. The first year they were in my garden, I got one stem with flowers. The next year – nothing. The next year – nothing, and so on for five long years. I figured, okay they need more sun. I moved them into more sun. Still nothing, not one little flower. I then thought, okay they have just been moved and need time to get established. The next year, still nothing.
I have seen these plants blooming under big oak trees, in the shade of buildings, and next to abandoned houses. Why weren’t they blooming for me? Then, about three weeks ago, I had had it. I told that clump of lilies that if they didn’t bloom this year, they were outta here, gone pecans, on the trash pile. ( I did repeat this threat at least two more times.) Today, look what surprised me.
I could not believe my eyes. There was the first flower in eight years. After all that caring, watering, and fertilizing, I finally had a flower. Hallelujah! Now, I think the real reason this plant has started flowering is because I talked to it. Sometimes, you just have to choose your words carefully.