Dumbest Myths You have Heard About Plants

Oh no, please not that discussion! D:

Like I said in my first comment, it’s sort of one of my pet peeves. The inner rage and fury (aka mild resentment) some here might feel when discussing dandelion taxonomy I have for that topic. Haha

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I had a long talk with my fathers doctor lately. His doctor actually uses medicine made from plants regularly, but he pointed out quite clearly that there is a big difference between medicine made from plants and dietary supplements. Here, there are almost no quality controls or very low quality standards for dietary supplements. The doctor said, you never know from where the turmeric comes from, how it was planted and prepared. There were cases, where those dried and grounded turmeric contained high amounts of heavy metals and other unhealthy stuff. The doctor would have given my father plant based medicine that would fit to his condition, but my father did not ask for it. Even his health insurance would have paid for some of the plant based medicine. I was away for a long time and in the meanwhile my father got indoctrinated by those dubious companies in a very simple way: doctors and medicine are evil, dietary supplement selling companies are good.

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Bananas are so high in potassium, it is dangerous to eat more than five. That is why they are sold in bunches of five.

From the BBC’s flagship gardening programme on Radio 4, Gardeners Question Time:
Lichens won’t harm a healthy tree but they will strangle a sickly one.
Don’t nail your shed to a tree because as the tree grows, it will lift the shed into the air.
You shouldn’t put lawn mowings in your compost heap if there are mushrooms in your lawn, because you don’t want to contaminate your compost with fungi.
And not exactly a plant myth but so stupid it is worth repeating, also from an expert on GQT: You have to give more water to raised beds because the enhanced gravity sucks the water out.

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And yet I have often seen bunches of six or seven.

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So, if I nail my shed to a seedling, in 30 years I will have a tree house? :D

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This might work if the ‘tree’ was a large species of bamboo.

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“You can navigate in the woods by looking at the moss, because it grows only on the north side of the tree.” – said no experienced woodsman, ever.

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And a lot faster than 30 years too, probably

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I would still take my GPS with me, but this one is not entirely fictitious. Moss favours shaded areas. if you are the Northern Temperate Zone, the Sun will always be slightly south, rather than directly overhead so the north side of trees will get more shade.
In the Southern Hemisphere moss will favour the southern side of trees and rocks.

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Well don’t be tempted to buy them. Just say No.

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Haha wow, that’s hilarious.

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Funny that someone suggested to you that we should, in effect, maintain sterile compost heaps. :laughing:

If there are some rabbit droppings on your lawn, it might be introducing some bacteria as well. You’d better hurry out there with a thermometer to make sure your poor compost heap hasn’t come down with a fever!

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Probably, perhaps not in England, and surely not ones that result in instant death in minutes as it’s implied.
The problem in England is also that there aren’t really any places that aren’t accessed by kids, so if you follow through the desired scenario results in complete removal (actually favoured in some circles Jacobaea vulgaris and Solanum nigrum etc).

So silly to me, especially because fungi mean that the compost is healthy! You need fungi if the compost is gonna break down too.

And lichens grow too slowly to strangle anything!

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Looks like someone wants us gone X-D

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Herbal remedies from almost all herbal businesses. They just make a quick buck scamming people with lots of plant myths lol

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But still not as trustworthy to orient totally based on moss.