Many theories about the presence of souls in plants confirm this query, while a few are against it. Moreover, you can observe the similarities between plants and humans and look at the biological concepts to get an idea of the presence of souls in them yourself.
Do Plants Have Souls? Plants have souls as their power of sense and intelligence indicates the presence of a spiritual soul in them. Moreover, research has proved that they have vegetative souls, which helps them propagate and increase their number. They can nourish themselves by producing food and sense all the environmental changes perceived as stress. Accordingly, they can respond to negative and positive behavior through growth patterns. Furthermore, they build relationships with humans, animals, and other plants and compete for resources.
It seems like a vague idea, but you can find a lot of literature that supports this statement and confirms that there is something spiritual in them.
Is it true that plants have souls?
Many people ask about the reality behind the assumptions that plants have souls. Every person will get different answers about the presence of spirits in plants.
Some people consider these as living things and think that living things have souls, so it needs to be present in them also.
However, another group of people says that they do not have senses like humans, like the ability to speak, see, hear, etc., so they do have any spiritual existence.
After thorough research on their behavior and keen observation, it is estimated that they can interact and respond to how you deal with them.
So, a scientific community considers that they have nutritive or vegetative souls, which allow them to propagate and grow in size.
In addition, the people who have grown plants in their house and interact with them frequently have agreed upon the fact of nutritive souls.
How do you know that plants have souls?
The characteristics of plants, like their movement, intelligence, and quick response, make you believe that spirits are present in them.
Ability to nourish
They can nourish themselves by preparing food and supplying it to other organs like stems and roots.
Their organs coordinate with each other in an organized manner and do the task efficiently. Their roots take water up to the stem through xylem sap which contains water and dissolved nutrients.
The stem and leaves fulfill their water and nutrient requirements from this sap. Moreover, the leaves capture sunlight and use it to prepare food through light and dark reactions.
Moreover, they are producers and make food to fulfill their requirements of nutrients to ensure survival. Therefore, it indicates that they know how to manage all the activities efficiently.
Furthermore, they are intelligent enough to make accurate decisions to live for longer, confirming their souls’ presence.
Power of sense
They have a power of sense like humans can sense the changes in the external environment, and same the plants do that, making them similar to human souls.
They can sense gravity as they are packed with cells that can detect a movement opposite to gravitational force. It helps direct roots towards gravity and stems and shoots opposite to it.
Moreover, there can detect the direction of light and stem bend towards the sun. It indicates the directional movement when they sense changes in the external environment.
Furthermore, they can also sense changes in temperature and water and respond to drought and hot weather by bringing internal alterations in their systems.
They transpire slowly or close stomata to reduce water loss when insufficient moisture is unavailable.
In addition, you have seen a Venus flytrap that can detect the presence of an object on them and close itself quickly.
They do not speak loudly but engage themselves in silent communication. In addition, they speak a sophisticated language that is not audible to humans.
Moreover, they are involved in complex communication as they transmit information through taste and smell.
Some people think that these cannot communicate with humans, but science has proved that they can communicate silently by detecting diffuse electrical signals.
They communicate with other organisms living too close through roots. Accordingly, they secrete specific signals from exudates released by roots and send them to other living creatures.
You have probably read about their symbiotic relationships when they engage themselves in mutualism or parasitism.
They develop mutualistic relations with animals and insects like flies that sit on the flowers and transfer the pollens to another flower of the same or different plant.
This transfer of pollens helps them self-pollinate or cross-pollinate and build a new population.
However, the bees get nectar from the flowers to fulfill the nutritional requirement of this sweet juice.
In the same way, they have developed a mutual relationship with humans by releasing oxygen in the air that helps humans respire while consuming carbon dioxide exhaled by humans.
Another type of relationship is parasitism is present in almost 1% to 2% of flowering plants.
Yellow rattle is a parasitic plant that usually grows close to the grass, obtains nutrients from the roots, and slows down its growth.
Similarly, Cuscuta obtains nutrients from the host until it dies and is considered a parasite of an aggressive nature.
Ability to propagate
Their ability to multiply in number and propagate vegetatively to increase their population makes them similar to humans that can produce offspring.
They can also produce seeds after fertilizing the pollen in an ovary. Moreover, they can propagate from any part like leaves, but they remain viable for a short time.
They can decide about the time for seed production and reproduction.
So, it confirms that there are vegetative souls in plants that help them make decisions regarding the expansion of the population.
Response to attention and care
They can detect stressful conditions in the external environment when you are not watering them frequently or providing essential nutrients infrequently.
They begin to die when they are not capable of resisting the change. In contrast, they show better growth and produce lush green leaves when you take care and give attention.
In addition, they can understand when you are spending more time with them and talking to them.
Some people believe they can listen to what you are trying to say, but they can only feel vibrations of sound produced by your vocal cords.
Their spirits communicate with humans through their growth patterns as healthier leaves and flowers indicate that they are happy with you.
Compete for resources
You can see plants competing with other similar species for resources to ensure their survival. It shows that they have a desire to live longer and try to fulfill their requirements.
They expand roots to those areas where water is present to overcome the drying of leaves due to water deficiency.
Moreover, the competition for space, nutrients, and light begins under the soil or above the ground.
They have different ways of combating each other because they cannot move like humans and animals. So there is a slow race among them to fill the space created by an old tree when it dies.
Most probably, you have seen them expanding leaves over smaller ones and extending its stem to a maximum height to get sunlight.
Can plants feel pain?
There is no accurate answer for whether plants can feel pain or not because, scientifically, they do not contain the nervous system, and it is not possible to recognize any painful sensation without it.
However, there is a concept that they respond to stress, like when you cut leaves, indicating that they can feel pain and their cells can communicate stress.
Moreover, you can see them crying with tears on the leaves edges and stem when water is stressed inside their body.
However, they are not crying in real and releasing excess water through small poles that look like tears. Some plants can even die from negative energy.
In addition, there are scientific pieces of evidence for screaming when you cut their leaves. This is because they cannot feel your words but feel sensations of touch.
Therefore, it indicates that souls are present in them that make them feel pain or even happiness when the external environment is favorable or harsh for them.
What do people say about this?
I surveyed 641 people who have small gardens in their houses to know about the reality behind the presence of souls in plants and their opinions on it.
Out of 641 people, 473 people (74%) said they have vegetative souls that are different from humans but make them able to understand behavior and respond to attention.
However, 107 people (17%) said plants are living, but they do not have spirits as they cannot speak and touch objects.
While the remaining 61 people (9%) said they do not interact with plants frequently, so they have no idea about it but observed better growth in response to light music as they feel happy.
They can feel positive and negative behaviors as human souls can feel different attitudes and feel happy or sad.
“I have seen improved growth in Chadsia and Hydrangea when I give them attention and take proper care.”
They cannot express emotions through words and expressions like humans, which confirms the absence of any spiritual souls inside them.
“I do not think they have any spiritual existence because they cannot speak and cry like us.”
They can detect the vibrations created by sound waves and respond to them. For example, they perceive slow vibrations as positive and quick ones as unfavorable.
“My plants feel happy when I play music and respond by growing fast. It means they can hear music and react differently.”