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Experiment finds talking to plants can help them grow

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An experiment undertaken by an Essex nursery has found that talking to plants may help them grow.

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An experiment undertaken by an Essex nursery has found that talking to plants may help them grow. The fun trial took place over the summer and found that the plants responded differently to several accents, according to gardening website gardeningexpress.co.uk. The experiment confirmed that Geordie accents are the best for helping plants to grow, with Welsh and Essex accents also proving useful. Those from Scotland or Manchester should keep their mouths firmly shut though, as they didn't help the plants grow very much. Gardener Chris Bonnett revealed the results after setting up the experiment in his nursery. He organised ten groups of plants, with around one hundred in each. He had his staff speak to the plants in the different dialects, as well as playing different clips from songs and TV shows like 'The Only Way Is Essex'. It was revealed that the plants most favoured the Newcastle dialect, responding well to songs from Cheryl Cole and television shows featuring Ant & Dec. This is something those maintaining garden spaces may wish to take into account! Mr Bonnett told dailymail.co.uk: "It's long been thought that plants thrive if you talk to them so we decided to find out once and for all which dialects they respond to best. "After just a few weeks, we started to see differences emerging with the Geordie and Welsh groups shooting up, while the Chelsea and Mancunian plants seemed to particularly struggle."

Author:

Samantha Bartlett

11th October 2012