Husband: [shouting into yard]
Oh, why don't you GROW UP, you little bastards! [slams window] Wife:
What's going on, darling? Husband:
Nothing, I'm just talking to the plants.
Many gardeners claim that talking to plants helps them grow faster.
People talking to their plants in fiction is often used to show how boring they are. A common shtick, especially in cartoons, is for the plant to die of boredom as a result.
Oddly it's truth in television, as plants require carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, which humans and other animals exhale. The act of talking to the plant can also help the human in question forge an emotional bond to it
, which tends to result in said human paying more attention to and taking better care of said plant.
Less commonly, they talk back
- Ai, in Popotan. Mostly to dandelions (or "popotan", as she calls them), but also to other flowers as well sometimes.
- Green Thumb from Freshmen can talk to plants. It turns out they're all psychotic assholes, and his pet ficus tree is a Yandere. Did we mention that he's a vegan yet?
- Klara from Runaways mentions doing this on her parents' farm.
- In the French comic Le Chant d'Excalibur, Gwynned is able to do this (her mother was a forest nymph), though it's not always useful.
- MythBusters attempted to test whether it helped the plants or not, but the results were inconclusive. There was a suggestion that the percussiveness helps.
- In Mork and Mindy, Mork talks to plants because he's an alien. It's unknown whether he indeed actually hears them talk back, or he's just a Cloudcuckoolander.
- On Angel, this was one of the hell god Illyria's powers.
"So far, I've established that she can hit like a Mack truck, selectively alter the flow of time, and possibly talk to plants
Illyria: (after losing her powers) "I cannot hear the song of the green."
Lorne: "I take it you're not referring to me."
- Stargate SG-1: Samantha Carter claims in the episode "One False Step" to talk to her plants.
- Ophelia Addams rates a mention, though she didn't so much talk to them as have them growing inside her.
- On one episode of Good Times, JJ waters his mother's plants and talks to them.
JJ: ...and as for you, African Violet: Right on, Brotha!
- Spoofed by Rowan Atkinson in Not the Nine O'Clock News, as seen in the page quote.
- In the 3rd Rock from the Sun episode "Moby Dick", Sally gets a tomato plant. After being encouraged to talk to it, she develops a "friendship" with the plant and names it "Jeremy":
Sally: You're so nice. You're not at all arrogant or demanding like most people I know.
Tommy: You must be bored out of your mind.
Sally: Actually, I'm not.
Tommy: I was talking to the plant.
- The Arrogant Worms' song "Carrot Juice Is Murder" is about someone who hears vegetables screaming as they're cooked and eaten.
- Zonker in Doonesbury had the plants talk back. This later turned out to be a consequence of his drug use.
- Jon in Garfield recites poetry that accidentally kills his daisies.
- There was another Garfield strip where, after being told about this, Garfield told the plant to die. It works.
- In a Dilbert comic, a plant Dilbert was talking to falls off the table. Dogbert then finds a tiny suicide note next to it reading "I couldn't take it anymore."
- Mafalda's father talks to plants. Manolito's father threatens them.
- Lucky Eddie from Hägar the Horrible doesn't talk to plants, but is a good listener.
- During Luis Chataing's era in Morning Radio show El Monstruo de la Manana he often ran the joke song "La Planta", who is about one boy whose mother talks and care a lot of her plants, with the implication that she cares more about them than about her child. He begins to believe that his mom's plants are his siblings due to her talking a lot to them, and eventually begins to believe that he is a plant too.
- Fan-favorite side-character Katherine in Wapsi Square talks to her plants, as well as to her pet fish.
- Mona Montrois in C'est la Vie used to have a pot plant called Carl which assured her she was mental for thinking it could sustain a conversation.
- One episode of Johnny Test had Johnny's father's flower garden grow to gigantic proportions due to him arguing with them.
- One episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the apple farmer Applejack not only talking to a tree, but reading it bedtime stories.
- A Show Within a Show in Rugrats features a superhero with this power. Tommy, inspired by his example, imagines that he has the ability to talk to pants.
- Prince Charles mentioned doing this in an interview in the 1980s. British satirists have been making fun of it ever since—to the point where it is literally almost impossible to find any satirical depiction of Prince Charles that doesn't have a reference to it.
- Well, he is a linear descendant of the famously insane King George III, who notoriously talked to the trees in Windsor Great Park. As he was talking to them in German, it is doubtful if he got too many replies.