Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | June 27, 2009

Plant Whisperers

From The Times online 20 June 2009

The Prince of Wales was right all along. Plants really do like it if you talk to them.

What he did not know is that they prefer to hear a woman’s voice. . . These are the conclusions of a month-long study by the Royal Horticultural Society into the effect of the human voice on tomato plants.

More than two decades after the Prince exposed himself to ridicule for saying it was “very important” to talk to plants and that “they respond”, horticulturalists at Wisley believe his hunch was correct….

Read full article here.


  1. I tested this in the early 1980’s after reading “The Secret Life of Plants.” It totally works. All of my house plants thrived, and I had many different kinds. I’ve since watched myself kill plants when I was going through tough times and disliked everybody. Now at work I have one by my computer, away from a window, and it still thrives. My horticulturist coworkers can hardly believe it.

  2. That’s good – makes me seem slightly less mad!

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