Gardening is a multi-billion dollar industry, with DIY YouTube channels aplenty, educational Instas in the thousands, and millions of home gardeners connected through social media around the world. Gardening clubs meet on the regular in homes across the country. Facebook groups, some with members numbering in the thousands, are devoted to sharing advice about topics like permaculture, hydroponics, and heirloom tomatoes. In short, humans like talking about plants.
According to old wives’ tales, and maybe science, talking to plants can help them grow faster, stronger, and make their fruits taste better. A 2009 study by the Royal Horticultural Society concluded that human voices, particularly women’s voices, helped tomato plants grow more robustly than those shunned from human conversation. Even Prince Charles, an avid gardener and environmentalist, has a reputation for addressing his trees, plants, and shrubs warmly while he tends to them. In fact, rumor has it that he gives each new tree a handshake and wishes it luck. So now that we know people talk to their plants, isn’t it time for the plants to talk back?
Don’t Die On Me
Several merchants on the platform Etsy thought that they should. Sellers have gained popularity recently selling humorous planters that actually speak to their caretakers, in an effort to open up communication between gardener and gardened. Okay, they don’t actually speak, but they come with a funny decal on the outside of the planters. The “Please Don’t Die” planters have garnered the most attention, although reviewers also enjoy the more optimistic, “You Grow Girl.” Some sellers have offered DIY options for decorating one’s own flower pots, opening up the door for plant-lovers to get as creative as they want with their pots and planters.
It’s worth noting that there are different catch-phrases for different types of plants. For example, for those who might be more into roses or desert plants, “Me So Thorny” and “Can’t Touch This,” could be a more suitable option. The decal that reads, “I Wet My Plants,” can be applied universally.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Growing one’s own flowers, plants, fruits, and veggies is second nature to some, but a formidable mystery to others. Yet, with the outbreak of coronavirus, supply chain interruptions were inevitable at many neighborhood grocery stores. That’s when a few hundred thousand self-professed brown thumbs decided to try their luck gardening. In the early months of the pandemic, seed suppliers from Australia to Anaheim found themselves out of stock, with months-long waiting periods for some basic plants like lettuce and watermelon.
Whatever has become of those millions of seeds, either now flourishing in the dirt or set inside a drawer, a renewed passion for gardening worldwide has also promoted an uptick in garden-supply sales during Covid-19. According to The Washington Post, retailers like Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Target blew out all estimates for ecommerce in the second quarter of 2020, in part thanks to an uptick in plant and gardening sales.
In the midst of such dark times, it helps to brighten things up with a little bit of green. It’s always a good idea to pick up a new hobby and to learn something new. Most importantly, gardening is something that can be enjoyed by the entire family and contribute to living a more healthy lifestyle. So best of luck to all the rookie plant-growers out there! May you sew the seeds of happiness and good health throughout the year along with the help of your treasured plants.
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