Herself's Houseplants

Killing plants so you don't have to

Admit it, you knew those plants were talking about you behind your back




Recent research from Vidi researcher Josef Stuefer at the Radboud University Nijmegen reveals that plants have their own chat systems that they can use to warn each other. Therefore plants are not boring and passive organisms that just stand there waiting to be cut off or eaten up. Many plants form internal communications networks and are able to exchange information efficiently.

Many herbal plants such as strawberry, clover, reed and ground elder naturally form networks. Individual plants remain connected with each other for a certain period of time by means of runners. These connections enable the plants to share information with each other via internal channels. They are therefore very similar to computer networks. But what do plants want to chat to each other about? [ read more . . . Clever plants chat over there own network ]

Plants are also less aggressive about sending out roots for water when planted among family. It may be a very good thing they grow and move very slowly.