Horticulturalists have warned that houseplants will get lonely as people return to the office with coronavirus restrictions easing.
Plants are said to grow better when humans talk to them as they breathe out carbon dioxide which helps with the process of photosynthesis.
Gardening expert Angela Slater, from Hayes Garden World in the Lake District, said: "Plants can sense water, light and gravity. They can even defend themselves and send signals to others to warn danger is near. They're much more aware than people think so it's very likely they'll be able to sense when owners are not at home. Plants will not fare well in the silence when owners are at work."
Slater suggested that plant owners should leave a talk radio station playing while out of the house so their greenery has some company during the day.