Can Plants Talk? (Solved & Explained!)

Plants are all around us and come in different shapes and sizes. But what about speaking? Can plants speak? It may seem like the obvious answer is no, but is that true?

Although plants cannot speak with voices, they can communicate with other plants and even humans by using their roots. They share information using networks that run underground, and they communicate with other plants nearby such as trees.

The rest of this article will cover how plants talk, what they say, how to trigger it, and if they can talk to humans.

How Plants Can Talk To Each Other

The specific reasoning is very scientific, but to give a simple answer, plants use their roots and an underground network to send signals to other plants. They can supply nutrients to a tree in need, and they can even warn other plants about incoming insect swarms.

These networks give the plants information about each other, most importantly, their conditions. Like mentioned above, if a tree is in need of nutrients, plants that communicate with it can transfer some of their extra supplies to the tree also through the roots.

To expand more on their communication, scientists have found that plants talk through a form of electrical pulses sent through their roots. So, in simpler terms, plants can talk, just not with words. They use their roots and electrical pulses to speak to other plants.

What Plants Say To Each Other

Let’s use the example given not long ago: insect swarms. When a plant notices an insect swarm incoming, it sends the necessary signals to nearby trees and plants to warn them. From there, the communication leads to the tree emitting chemicals to repel the insects.

Using those signals, they speak about their conditions and the conditions of the environment. The benefits of this are they can warn each other about storms and insects along with give each other supplies by sending it through the roots. Plants help one another by using communication.

How To Trigger A Plant Speaking

As a human, there isn’t a way for you to tell if they’re speaking just by looking at them. You’d have to have scientific equipment and examine the plant at a chemical level. However, you can influence a plant talking and what they say based on the environment.

For example, if you’re a gardener taking care of a plant, giving it extra nutrients may help a tree nearby since the plant will send those nutrients to the tree. Don’t overwater your plant or do anything that will harm it, but taking good care of it can also benefit other plants in the area.

Another way is by keeping insect repellents in your garden. This will do the opposite and stop the plant from speaking about insects. When there’s a repellent, they don’t need to alert the plants around them or tell a tree so it can emit the necessary chemicals to protect them.

Again, there’s no way for you to tell when the plant is speaking, but by altering their environment and the plants’ conditions, you can make a hypothesis that your plant is speaking to the ones around it so they can all survive. That’s why they talk: to help each other survive!

Plants Can’t Talk To Humans

Although it’d be fun to see a plant grow a mouth and speak to a human, that’s the type of thing that only happens in the sci-fi world. Unfortunately, plants can’t speak directly to humans. They have no mouth to say any words, so you won’t be able to have a conversation with them.

However, like with pets, there is a way to communicate with them. Just like a dog would stand by the back door to signal that it needs to be let out, a plant tilting downwards and looking like it’s wilting is its way of letting you know it needs attention as soon as possible or it dies.

A plants’ body language is its way of communicating with you. Make sure that if you’re taking care of plants, you look over their body and see how they are. Wilting is a sign that the end of its life is near, and unless you give it proper care, it’ll die.

On the other hand, a plant that appears upright and has its proper color is a happy, healthy plant. Don’t overwater it and continue with what you’re doing to take care of it. It’s like sunflowers tilting toward the Sun. They do it for nutrients, and that shows that they’re healthy.

These ways to speak with plants are fun to discuss, but did you know there’s actually a study that came out suggesting that humans can directly communicate with plants? A late 2021 study done by Singaporean scientists suggests humans can know what plants are saying.

This study says that using the electrical pulses that plants use to talk to other plants, humans can see what they’re saying. You’d have to trace the electrical signal using equipment like electrodes. So, this isn’t possible for the public yet. But it is still being researched, so it could be one day!

Conclusion

Plants can speak with each other using their roots. They send electrical pulses out to nearby plants to speak about their conditions and the conditions of their environment. Plants help each other out by sending nutrients to those in need such as trees that are not being taken care of.

To trigger a plant speaking, the one taking care of the plant(s) must alter the environment or their conditions in some way. It’s impossible to tell with the naked eye if they’re talking, but it influences their speech. Gardeners can communicate with plants by their body language.

Plants cannot directly speak to humans using words, but there is a study suggesting that one day it may be possible to talk to plants using their electrical pulses. A Singaporean study revealed this, and this method will be possible by using complex equipment such as electrodes.