Thigmomorphogenesis Info: Why Should I Tickle My Plants

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Thigmomorphogenesis Info: Why Should I Tickle My Plants

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Have you heard of tickling plants to help them grow? If you saw someone tickling, stroking, or repetitively bending plants, you might assume they were crazy. But these exact practices have been adopted in some commercial greenhouses and nurseries. By tickling plants, these growers are taking advantage of something called thigmomorphogenesis, a little-known phenomenon that affects how plants grow. “Why should I tickle my plants?” you may wonder. This article will explain the reasons behind this unusual practice. Thigmomorphogenesis Info So, what is thigmomorphogenesis? Plants respond to light, gravity, and moisture levels, and they also respond to touch. In nature, a growing plant encounters rain, wind, and passing animals. Many plants detect and respond to these touch stimuli by slowing their growth rate and developing thicker, shorter stems. Wind is an important touch stimulus for many plants. Trees sense the wind and

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