Do you have some customers who truly, madly, deeply love their plants? (Ever been known to chat to flowers and plants yourself?) New research indicates those interactions may not be quite so one-sided.
A study published recently in Annals of Botany has shown that plants can be frozen in place with a range of anesthetics, including the types that are used when you undergo surgery. Insights gleaned from the study may help doctors better understand the variety of anesthetics used in surgeries. But the research also highlights that plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed.
Under poor soil conditions, for example, “the pea seems to be able to assess risk. The sensitive plant can make memories and learn to stop recoiling if you mess with it enough. The Venus fly trap appears to count when insects trigger its trap. And plants can communicate with one another and with caterpillars.” Read more.
Want to build up your own plant business? Read more about shops that are doing just that—and how they’re attracting plant-loving millennials.