Flowers Are Eavesdropping

According to a new study, plants can “hear” when a bee passes and they subsequently create more sweet nectar to attract them. A recent study by scientists at three Tel-Aviv University schools has found that a plant picks up sounds (signaled by the vibration of its petals) and responds (signaled by the excretion of additional nectar). With proof that the flowers responded to all of the …

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Green Thumb

Options galore for gardening enthusiasts

Whether you’re buying for a successful plant parent or a cactus killer, somebody with acres of backyard or a tiny apartment with a fire escape garden, there’s something in our Green Thumb Gift Guide. From vases to pots, seeds, books, bags and more—everything here is plant-related and selected for people who know that being surrounded by living, breathing plants makes living somewhere are real home. For …

It Seems Trees Actually Can “Talk”

“Hub trees”—a name for the oldest and tallest trees with the vastest root systems—have better access to sunlight than other trees and this leads them to create excess sugar. That sugar is distributed through their roots, underground, to fungi. These fungi, that need sugar to survive, spread their threads (known as Mycelium) through the root system of trees to absorb excess sugar. In return, the …