They Hear You?

Who or what hears you is your plants when you talk to them and to test this theory,scientists arranged chili pepper seeds around a sweet fennel plant.The fennel plant releases chemicals to slow neighboring plants’ growth and as expected,the chili pepper seeds grew more slowly when exposed to the fennel but resumed a normal rate when it was removed.However,when the fennel was present but sealed in a box,the chili seeds sprouted faster than normal.Scientists believe one chili seed alerts the others that fennel is nearby,spurring all of them to grow quicker.

Source: Monica Gagliano of Western Australia University.
Published in Reader’s Digest



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