Do plants respond to your love? Your experiences?
It's my very first post on this forum although I've read it a lot before. I'm asking a very personal, provocative question not from a a scientific point of view (I've probably read most of research available online on this topic), but rather want to know your own personal feelings and thoughts. I tell my story too.
I started gardening 2,5 years ago when we moved into a small garden apartment which had a tiny piece of land (about 3'x10') that had only 4-6 hours of sun. Except a few exceptions it somehow happened that my garden became a refuge for 'throw away' and injured plants that I got from local stores and nurseries for free or on clearance. I just couldn't bare to see how the poor things got dumped and picked them up. NONE of them died and they all thrived! I took everything - flowers, veggies, greens ... I had a huge veggie crop in fall (tomatoes, pickles, eggplants, peppers, greens, etc). :) I had no previous experience, the land was of a size of a bed, but I really LOVED my plants and expressed my love to them naturally every day. This garden was my sanctuary and I often sat there reading a book or just sipping a drink. My only pickle plant grew up to the second floor and was 10' wide spreading on the fence. The whole neighborhood came to watch it. :) I tried next summer with similar results, until we bought a home last fall. I cannot wait to start my first "real" garden.
In a meanwhile my home became a refuge for house plants, and again, they thrive although I get them usually in a rather poor condition. Well, a few grocery store azaleas someone gave me had died ... :(
For me it is natural to talk to plants, to "feel" them, try to understand their needs, but I'm not sure they are responding. I hope they are! Of course I read and learn as much as I can about every plant and gardening, too.
Do you have any experiences with plants responding to your feelings? Do they grow better if you talk to them? Do you have any particular examples? Please share! :)
I'm posting this in house plant forum, because I still consider myself rather a house plant gardener. :)