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cotton213
Lake Orion, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 31, 2008
9:15 PM

Post #4479542

I know this is the oddest question, but whenever I see a topiary, or a bonsai, or any other trained, pruned, manipulated plant, I wonder -- does the plant mind? I don't know if plants have "feelings" (as we would relate to them) or any sense of what is natural for them. But I do wonder if plants care that I'm pruning them. I don't have qualms about doing it for the health of the plant (at least my definition of health), but whenever I prune for appearance I always sort of apologize to the plant.

Anyone else get these empathetic feelings?

barb
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 1, 2008
11:25 PM

Post #4483794

--i feel bad for plants that are going to die in lowes or home depot because they have given up on them-- when i walk around my yard and check each plant i feel bad for the ones not doing well--not just bad for myself loosing a plant but for the plant--a plant being a living thing it's hard not to think of living things as somehow having feelings!
bugme
Barnesville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2008
11:48 AM

Post #4485529

Well, at the risk of sounding like a "loony"...the feelings for our plants are natural since we DO care for them and in addition, what is wrong with talking to them?? except for people that can see you...LOL. DH has grown accustomed to my mutterings while out in the yard...talking to the birds, whatever creature I might upset while working. I think they ALL respond to our feelings. Here is one of the "mini-dragons" in a pot of thyme ...I'm happy to see these lil guys since they help care for the plants also by eating the bad boys!!

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happytail

happytail
St. Simon's Island, GA
(Zone 9a)

February 10, 2008
3:51 PM

Post #4519489

You know, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who thinks like that. I do feel bad for sickly plants, and I talk to all mine, especially those that have just been planted or are looking a little sad. I talk to the roses as I prune, and the flowers as I fertilize, etc. I'm so excited about spring! We've had a few really nice days, and I've been sick, and I'm chomping at the bit to get outside.
bugme
Barnesville, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 10, 2008
10:46 PM

Post #4520964

happy,
But do you talk to the "critters"? I'm already hearing spring "peepers" and a lovely sound it is to me. We have a wetlands area on our property and it will never be changed. Oh, spring please get here!!!!!!!!

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happytail

happytail
St. Simon's Island, GA
(Zone 9a)

February 11, 2008
3:28 AM

Post #4522306

Oh, yes. We have lots of little critters around here. Tree frogs, lizards, bugs, and lots of other stuff too. I'm usually telling them to run away from the dogs, as my 3 Dalmatians are hard on the wildlife here. I can't wait to get out and dig in the dirt!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

February 13, 2008
11:55 PM

Post #4534947

I talk to my plants too, I think my neighbors might have heard me talking to a bush once...it was embarassing! But I talk to all my plants "don't you look well today!", "what nice growth you're putting on." ect. ect. . I talk the critters too! It makes it all even more enjoyable!

Steven
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 14, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #4538892

i have an atrium in the house with a light that i put on at night so they get extra light durring the winter--when i turn it off at night i tell the plants "good night" and if i forget to turn it on at night for them i feel bad--i have windows with mini blinds and plants that sit on a window seat by the windows--i feel so bad if i forget to open the blinds and come home from work and they had to sit in the dark!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

February 18, 2008
7:55 PM

Post #4556263

Sometimes I forget to turn on my growlights and my plants end up sitting in the dark till 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Poor things :(

Steven
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 19, 2008
12:21 AM

Post #4557360

well i kept mine up all night when i didn't know they needed the dark too!!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

February 19, 2008
4:40 AM

Post #4558424

:) I think I've forgot to turn the light off too, poor things must get tired with light for 24 hours straight!
cotton213
Lake Orion, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 20, 2008
4:30 PM

Post #4564443

Now there's another good question! Do the plants need darkness? Lots of people in my neighborhood have accent lighting on their plants (mostly the trees) all night. Is that good, bad, or does it matter?
barb
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 20, 2008
9:25 PM

Post #4565427

i know it does for mums--i remember reading that--and for tomatos
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

February 21, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #4566122

I heard tomatos grow at night, so that could be why.
cotton213
Lake Orion, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 21, 2008
7:22 PM

Post #4569218

Meaning they like the light, or the dark?
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

February 21, 2008
8:37 PM

Post #4569517

I think they need the dark at night cause thats when they grow, however they need the sun during the day probably to store up energy.

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

February 21, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #4569858

Plants also need to go through a daily dark phase (the light independent reactions of photosynthesis), also called the Calvin cycle. During this cycle, the plant uses the energy and hydrogen from the light phase, plus carbon dioxide from the air, to manufacture glucose (the plant's food).

Al
planolinda
Plano, TX

February 21, 2008
11:04 PM

Post #4569979

thanks al--very good explanation!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

February 22, 2008
1:02 AM

Post #4570416

thanks Al! I've never heard it explained so well!

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