Will The Very Hungry Caterpillar Become a Horror Story?? Bedtime Stories – FOR PLANTS Released

Many people
like talking to their plants, believing it aids their growth, with Prince
Charles2 possibly the most high-profile nature natterer. With the UK
continuing to experience an outright houseplant obsession, flatshare
site SpareRoom has today
launched the first ever bedtime stories for plants – specifically designed for ‘plant
parents’ to read aloud to their ‘plant babies’ to encourage botanical

According to
a study from the Royal Horticultural Society3, speaking to plants
could positively affect their growth. What’s more, at night plants use the
energy they stored up during the day through photosynthesis and the darkness
can also trigger plants to fruit, set seed of flower4.
This all suggests that the twilight hours are an important time for plant

With this in
mind, and with the knowledge that one in five (21%) flatsharers already chat to
their plants, SpareRoom set about creating the first ever piece of literature
for the leafy, making it easier than ever for people to give their plants a
daily dose of vocal encouragement.

Stories for Plants, written by children’s author Alice Hemming and illustrated
by Livi Gosling, includes a collection of three short
stories5 entitled ‘The Three Ferns’‘Longing’ and ‘What Goes Around’.
The stories are designed to be read aloud to plants and can be downloaded for
free from SpareRoom as an eBook (here)
or audiobook (here).

In recent
years houseplants have experienced a huge surge in popularity, with over
2.4million posts tagged #houseplant on Instagram. Houseplants have become
especially favoured among millennial flatsharers, with 76% now owning them.
According to those flatsharers surveyed by SpareRoom, a third (34%) say they
take on plant parenthood so that they have something to nurture, love and take
care of, while 15% actually have names for all their plants. What’s more, over
a quarter (27%) care for their plants so deeply they wouldn’t trust even their
housemates to look after them properly while they’re away.

It’s not just
houseplants that could benefit from having the bedtime stories read aloud to
them. Communicating with nature could also improve the reader’s mental health,
with some people finding that regular reading sessions with plants can help
fight anxiety6

Matt Hutchinson, Director of SpareRoom adds: “Owning a
property seems like a distant dream for many young renters but living somewhere
that feels like home shouldn’t be. With so few tenancies allowing pets or
letting tenants redecorate, we’re seeing more and more people are turning to
houseplants as the ideal way to personalise their space. 

It makes
perfect sense. Plants can totally change the feel of even the most functional
space, plus they’re relatively affordable and, unlike bulky furniture or colour
schemes, you can take them with you when you move.”

Plant expert and gardening blogger Angela Slater comments: “Talking to your
plants is not only beneficial to their health but also your own mental
well-being. If you’re stuck for something to say and think that you’re going to
feel a bit of an idiot, then these stories are just the thing to get you

The Bedtime Stories for
 book can be downloaded by proud plant parents here.
For those wanting to reap the benefits without having to chat themselves,
SpareRoom has also created an audiobook version of the bedtime stories which
can be played to plants here

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