NATURAL ELECTRIC FIELDS AND ELECTROCULTURE
The following is an attempt to answer the questions. “Why do
branches never touch each other?” “How do they
know where to
grow so as to avoid other branches?” The answer may be
fields. The accepted answer is that the direction of
determined by gravity and light. I agree that this does
but I have a hard time understanding how gravity and light can cause
fine structure in the placement of branches. The fact that
of growth is determined by gravity and light is not enough.
has to be something else at work here.
Lighting is not the only source of electricity occurring in
nature. There is a very small natural electric
current running from the sky to the ground.
It's magnitude is about 200 volts per meter and its current
is about 1 Pica Amp per square meter. It appears
this current is linked with lighting in that it is the return
from the lighting storms that are more or less constantly occurring
This electric current together with storms is termed atmospheric
electricity. It appears that it changes
on a 24 hour bases and always peaks at about the same time GMT
regardless of where it is measured. The book
Atmospheric Electricity by J.Alan Chalmers describes this effect in
EFFECTS OF THIS FIELD
It is possible that this field contributes to the growth and disease
resistance of plants. There have been many
experiments where this field has been modified or simulated by
various means usually with positive results. The
electroculture links at the end of this article describe
various experiments that have been done.
A NEW THEORY
While the accepted reason for the sharp needles on
cactus and other plants growing in arid conditions is to
them from being eaten by animals I question this explanation.
I think there is a real possibility that all plants conduct these
of electricity into the air. In moist conditions the
water from the leaves of these plants may act as a method to connect
plants to the atmospheric fields. Indeed one method of
fields is to use a water dropper to make a connection to the
In the case of cactus plants I think it is reasonable to suspect
that the sharp points are there to increase the electric
between the plant and the dry desert atmosphere.
(The plant if course is very moist but this moisture is contained
inside a very tough shell to prevent evaporation. ) In
this I would like to point out that the plants do not need
protection from animals as there are so few animals in the
there are many animals that have no problem eating plants with
I have observed goats eating thistle plants that were so covered in
spines you could not hold any part in your hand yet the goats
devoured it with
relish. Similarly deer are known to invade rosebushes to the
of many growers. Also there seems to exist a
in plants with spines as we move from wet areas into very dry
A SECOND NEW THEORY - DIRECTION OF GROWTH
I would also like to put forth the hypothesis that
plants may use this electric field to determine which direction
to grow in.
In some cases there are two identical trees growing close
together. The interesting thing is that they somehow
know not to infringe on each others space. Their branches will
spread out on the side away from the neighbor and will be restricted
on the neighboring side. It is difficult for
me to assume this un-symmetrical branching is solely due to
the light the tree is exposed to. It is
not possible for the branches to have a fine structure solely by the
action of light. Indeed even in a heavily wooded forest the
branches never touch each other. One possible
explanation for this
is that electrostatic fields are somehow used by the plant to
which direction to grow in.
Here is a picture of a tree that was planted very close to a house.
All branches developed on the left side of the tree or away
from the house. After many years the house was moved and what
might be described as half a tree. The empty side now
is sprouting very small branches as it starts to
expand into space that it was unable to fill for many years.
The following picture is of a maple tree next to a cedar tree.
Here the maple tree infringes into the space of the cedar and
the cedar does not grow in the area used by the maple.
These examples point out that light is not the only thing
that determines the direction of plant growth. It may
an additional influence is from natural electric fields.
All of this and more has been looked at before. The
sources at the end of this article list some research in this field.
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of experiments carried out before 1900 with results of not
only increased crop yields but better
sweeter fruit. About 1930 the electroculture methods
by chemicals but now it seems chemicals have run their course and it
to revisit this technology.
This is a method of photography where a living object like a leaf is
placed on a photographic plate which is placed on a metal plate.
When the metal plate is connected to a source of high
voltage electricity a image is formed on the plate. This image
shows a corona discharge along the outline of the leaf.
Many paranormal effects are attributed to this
process but it may be simply explained by the conductivity of
moisture in the leaf and the presence of sharp points on the edge of
What this effect really shows is that there exists a series of sharp
points on the edge on the leaf and that these points are coupled to
moisture within the leaf. It may be that these points
used by the plant to conduct tiny electric currents to the
This effect has also been observed with coins but those used have a
serrated edges which approximates the effects of the sharp points on
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