If you’ve ever found yourself talking to a houseplant, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, the UK has gone potty for potted house plants and now the first-ever bedtime stories for plants have been released.
The stories, launched this week by flatshare site SpareRoom, have been specifically designed for ‘plant parents’ to reach aloud to their ‘plant babies’ to encourage botanical development. Yes, it’s a thing.
According to a study from the Royal Horticultural Society, speaking to plants could positively affect their growth. What’s more, at night plants use the energy they stored up during the day through photosynthesis and the darkness can also trigger plants to fruit, set seed of flower. This all suggests that the twilight hours are an important time for plant development.
With this in mind, SpareRoom set about creating the first ever piece of literature for the leafy, making it easier than ever for people to give their plants a daily dose of vocal encouragement.
Bedtime Stories for Plants, written by children’s author Alice Hemming and illustrated by Livi Gosling, includes a collection of three short stories entitled ‘The Three Ferns’, ‘Longing’ and ‘What Goes Around’.
In recent years houseplants have experienced a huge surge in popularity, with over 2.4 million posts tagged #houseplant on Instagram.
Houseplants have become especially favoured among millennial flatsharers, with 76% now owning them.
It’s not just houseplants that could benefit from having the bedtime stories read aloud to them. Communicating with nature could also improve the reader’s mental health, with some people finding that regular reading sessions with plants can help fight anxiety.
“Talking to your plants is not only beneficial to their health but also your own mental well-being,” said Plant expert and gardening blogger Angela Slater.
“If you’re stuck for something to say and think that you’re going to feel a bit of an idiot, then these stories are just the thing to get you started.”