In recent months, writer Sidney Vollmer found himself transformed from a distracted houseplant killer to a tender plant protector. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, seeing people around him begin to hoard all manner of things including toilet paper, he and his two year old daughter decided to collect up plants and seeds. They planted them out together as a project, and tended them during lockdown. Encouraged by his toddler's enthusiasm, Sidney's hunger grew for more knowledge about his new green roommates. It sparked his research into plants that is gathered together in this entertaining longread.
Plants with memory
Sidney, who once would only give his plants the most cursory attention, takes us along with him on his journey of discovery. He learns about plants alive today that already existed when we were still living in the Stone Age, plants that imitate stones, and plants with memory. He discovers which plants can move, and learns about the beautiful interrelationship between plants, fungi and animals. Overwhelmed by his discoveries, Sidney comes to realise that houseplants could actually save the world.
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About Sidney Vollmer
Sidney Vollmer is a writer. His last book ON / OFF: In Search of Balance in Digital Times is a collection of personal essays on culture and digital technology. He lives near Amsterdam with his girlfriend and daughter and their white cat, Snowden.
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