Houseplants ‘will suffer from loneliness’ after lockdown, claims expert

Many people were spending much longer at home during lockdown obviously, which meant more time with their family, pets and houseplants.

And many may now be missed by their pooches or their partners post-lockdown, and according to an expert, their plants too.

Hayes Garden World are warning Brits that houseplants may suffer from loneliness when you’re not around as much, as is backed by science.

Horticultural expert, Angela Slater, claims many believe that plants can sense when you’re not around.

She said: "Studies have shown that plants can sense water, light and gravity.

"They can even defend themselves and send signals to other plants near them to warn that danger is near.

"They’ve much more aware than people may think, so it’s very likely that they’ll be able to sense when their owner isn’t at home."

Angela also said plants love the sound of human voices and grow better around it.

She added: "Talking to your plants is extremely beneficial for their health and wellbeing.

"It is unclear exactly what proportion of people who keep plants do communicate with them, but committed vegetable growers have long spoken words of encouragement to their prized specimens.

"There are numerous studies which demonstrate the phenomenon. In 2009, the RHS ran trials on tomato plants, discovering that those that were spoken to grew taller than the ones left in silence. They also found female voices to be more effective than males."

She also says that houses are colder with no humans around which is not good for plants.

While a lack of carbon dioxide could also be damaging.

"Studies have shown that carbon dioxide increases photosynthesis, therefore spurring plant growth," she added.

"With humans around less, there will be lower CO2 levels in the air which may stunt your houseplants growth."

To combat loneliness, Angela has recommended buying your plant a friend to keep it company.

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She said: "Plants can sense when they’re around another plant, and it’s been proven that it’s better for their wellbeing if they’re around a "sibling" plant, as they don’t use up energy trying to compete with a non-familiar plant.

"Think how well plants grow in the forest when they’re surrounded by other plants; a group of plants placed together will create their own beneficial micro-climate. Create your own woodland environment by placing tall, medium height and low growing plants together. Not only is it beneficial for the plants but can also add interest to a dull corner, providing a focal point.

"If you choose specific plants, such as Peace Lilies, which take out impurities in the air, they will provide you with a much healthier environment, essential if you suffer from respiratory problems."

She also recommended leaving the radio on and taking your plant to work for the day.

Who knew plants were so needy, eh?

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