Some New Age gardening tips suggest talking to your plants, playing music or even giving them massages.

According to Mother Nature Network, most of those activities benefit the plant owner, rather than the plant, especially when it comes to touch.

A new La Trobe Institute for Agriculture and Food study reveals that plants don't actually like to be touched, and explains that doing so repeatedly may actually stunt their growth.

La Trobe researcher Jim Whelan says that even "the lightest touch from a human, animal, insect, or even plants touching each other in the wind, triggers a huge gene response in the plant."

He adds, "Within 30 minutes of being touched, 10 per cent of the plant's genome is altered."

Dr. Yan Wang, co-author on the study says that the plant's reaction is a natural defense mechanism.

He explains, "We know that when an insect lands on a plant, genes are activated preparing the plant to defend itself against being eaten."

So, with that being said, plant owners— keep your hands to yourselves.

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Rebel Media 17 Jan 2020 19:10 CET