Why You Should Talk to Your Plants

Posted: May 20th, 2019
Why You Shoul Talk to You Plants

Just like any living creature, plants need “food” and water to survive, but these complex living organisms thrive with the help of other elements like sunlight, compost, and… a good talking-to?

Many horticulturalists believe that talking to your plants can result in better growth cycles. According to a study conducted by MythBusters, plants that were exposed to recorded soundtracks performed better and grew faster than plants that were grown in a silent environment. In this experiment, MythBusters used three different control groups. One group was exposed to recordings of pleasant, loving praise. Another group was exposed to recordings of cruel insults and the last group was completely silent. Both the positive and negative recordings plant groups performed about the same-although we don’t recommend hurling insults at your Dumb Cane Plant– it can be concluded that plants respond to the vibrations of sound, not necessarily the context of speech.Why You Should Talk to Your Plants

Although plants don’t have nerve cells like humans, scientists have proven that plants have neurotransmitters that produce dopamine and serotonin.

In another study conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society, 10 plants were exposed to recordings of both men and women. Researchers believe that the plants would respond better to the male voice but, after a month the plants that had been attached to the female voices grew an average of an inch taller than those exposed to the male voice.

Talking to your plant also helps establish a relationship and will help you remember to routinely water and ensure that it receives adequate sunlight.

There are many benefits to having a plant in your home which includes air purifying, reducing stress, and reducing background noise. If you are interested in adding a new plant to your home, consider Coles Flowers in Middlebury, VT. Cole’s Flowers provides professional service and high-quality floral items. Browse our extensive selection of plants today

Choosing A Plant for Your Office

Posted: April 24th, 2019
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According to the US National Library of Medicine patients in hospital rooms with plants had significantly more positive physiologic responses, less pain, anxiety, and fatigue than patients without plants in their room.  Because of the many benefits, plants have, especially stress relief, keeping a plant on your desk or in your office can significantly improve your work environment. This is a necessity in high-pressure work environments. If you have an office plant or are considering getting one it is important to understand how to take care of it.How to Care for Your Office Plant

The plant takes care of you, so don’t neglect it. Be sure to thoroughly read the care card that comes with your plant because it will tell you exactly what it will need to survive. Remember that just because you like a certain plant doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work best in your workspace.

Here are some things you should consider before purchasing a plant for your office:

  • Lighting- Do you work in an office that doesn’t get much sunlight? If this is the case, consider a plant that doesn’t need a lot of sunlight like a cast iron plant or dracaena.
  • Space- Depending on your workspace you may not have a lot of room for a full-size Dragon Tree. Small plants can still be very beneficial. If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, a succulent is great for a small area.
  • Watering- Since this plant will live most of its life at your job, don’t get a plant that requires a lot of watering. You may get busy and forget or go on vacation and leave it for a week. If you can’t water your plant often consider getting a plant that can thrive in drier soil like a cactus.

If you are looking for a plant to put in your office visit, consider a Peace Lily from Cole’s Flowers. Peace Lilies are great plants for your office and home. They also help to cleanse the air of toxins and require minimal care.  

Cole’s Flowers, in Middlebury, VT, is your source for plants and beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion. Check out our plant selection here!