Understanding plants from their perspective
Science is finally beginning to prove something that I’ve theorized over the last few years about the secret life of plants. Not just plants as individuals, but as a group. If you can for a moment imagine a tree as a living thing like a bird or an animal instead of an object like a rock. They don’t have legs or wings to run away, instead, they stay rooted to the ground, yet still they control their movements as slow as they are. They breathe, they eat, they, like all living things, have a desire to live. Life for a plant, though, is better in a group than as an individual in a field or in a pot, cut off from its plant society. The truth is, plants need one another, and they look out for each other especially their own kind. Plants are a communal creature. If you don’t believe me, look how strong a forest can be, withstanding heavy winds and torrential downpours. They hold each other up and protect one another. Their roots are entwined with many different species keeping their base strong and sturdy. The poor tree that stands alone is almost always a victim to storms without support. On top of it all, there is a small fungal network that lives in the soil called mycorrhizal fungi that breaks nutrients down for better feeding absorption for the microscopic roots of plants. This fungus also helps plants communicate with one another by chemical reactions. If a plant gives off a chemical reaction because of insects for example, it warns other plants in the forest that there is a threat on its way. The neighbouring plants can then begin to prepare to protect themselves. The plants also share nutrients with one another using the mycorrhizal fungi. The forest plant is born, grows, feeds, gives birth, and dies. It does all this while benefiting all living things surrounding it. Not like our cities which involve killing all living things that stand in our way. We can learn a lot from this unlikely source. I was taught growing up, that trees choke out other plants and as well as their own kind while they race to the light, killing each other along the way. Does that even make sense? They can not live without each other, so why would they kill each other? Humans, simply have misinterpreted what they see and assumed the worst..