Snowflake plant
Hayes Garden World
Our Hayes employees, have a vast wealth of knowledge, we have several staff with over 50 years experience each of their fields. Plants, planting and landscaping have been our life for almost 200 year. With over 100 staff across the garden centre, our depth of knowledge is vast. We now also have aquarium staff who are able to offer advice in fresh water, tropical and marine fish keeping, ponds, pond plants and water features.

Bigger plants? Sweet talking is the answer

Think we’re joking? Think again. A recent experiment by esteemed industry scientists has revealed that sweet talking to your plants really does work wonders. The experiment was set up using the 'Snowflake' plant, this houseplant has also been used in experiments by NASA and was found to be effective at removing toxic pollutants from the atmosphere.

Aim

To determine whether talking encouragingly to plants did affect growth rate and well-being.

Method

Two 'Snowflake' houseplants were placed in the same location, plant A and plant B, subject to the same light and temperature conditions and all given the same amount of water at the same time. No nutrients were given.

Plant A was given words of encouragement and plant B was told how bad they were. Words of encouragement included; ‘you can be anything you want to be’, you’re looking most attractive today’, ‘it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from you can achieve success’, ‘it doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop’ and many others in the same vein.

Plant B was told how useless it was, how it would never amount to anything and how dreadful it looked.

Result

Within a week plant B started to lose it's shine, it's flowers had died and the leaves had started rotting, it showed no signs of any form of growth and actually shrunk by half. Plant A grew new leaves and retained its shine, it actually doubled in size and started to sparkle. 

Discussion

The results were startling as plant B did not resemble plant A, looking dull, with no growth, lost it's bright red spathes and the leaves were noticeable smaller and weaker and had started to rot. This experiment clearly shows that being kind and offering words of encouragement can work miracles whereas subjecting a living entity to abuse and a constant barrage of negativity and criticism can adversely affect their will to live.

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Sorry guys  -  APRIL FOOL

We are taking this opportunity on April Fool's Day to raise awareness of the hugely beneficial link between plants, gardening and mental well-being, whether it's growing some seeds on the kitchen windowsill, raising a houseplant or becoming involved in community gardening projects, every little action goes a long way and MIND in South Lakeland works tirelessly to improve the mental health of anyone in need. To donate to this fantastic cause please click here to go to the Just Giving page.