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Angela_Jones
Does it kill plants?
Angela_Jones

Hi, my name's Angie. My whole life I've heard from all of the female members of my family that if you touch any type of plants when you're on your period, the plant will die. It's happened to me once before. But I'm wondering if it was just a perfectly timed out coincidence [if the plant was already dying], or if the whole "touching a plant while you're on your menstrual cycle" thing is true. Does anyone know if it's truth or just an old wives tale?
I've just started gardening and I would like to know if I can take care of my plants or if I have to neglect them for a week out of each month.

A. Spruce
Re: Does it kill plants?
A. Spruce

Certainly a wives tale, though it's a good excuse to let the lawn go once in a while. :D

Angela_Jones
Re: Does it kill plants?
Angela_Jones
A. Spruce wrote:

Certainly a wives tale, though it's a good excuse to let the lawn go once in a while. :D

Haha! I need to keep that excuse for later! Thanks :)

NEC
Re: Does it kill plants?
NEC

All true and Spruce will take care of your plants.........

A. Spruce
Re: Does it kill plants?
A. Spruce
NEC wrote:

All true and Spruce will take care of your plants.........

Ya know, this is a conversation that will only get both of us in trouble! LOL :D

Marie
Re: Does it kill plants?
Marie

 I know it isnt the case for all women but as for me it is. I didnt believe it either for yrs. Many plants wilted or died before i realized that it was true. Maybe it is a ph imbalance or something in some women. 

mtngigi
Re: Does it kill plants?
mtngigi

Simple ... wear gardening gloves.

But to add - if this were true, it doesn't explain the amazing flower and vegetable gardens my mother maintained every year in my childhood.

Paul
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Paul

This is all excuses. You should just try to take care of plants each and everyday.

lehmann
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lehmann
Paul wrote:

This is all excuses. You should just try to take care of plants each and everyday.

I couldn't agree more. 

Rumples
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Rumples

"On the approach of a woman in this state [menstrual], must will become sour, seeds … sterile, grafts wither away, garden plants are parched up, and the fruit will fall from the tree … Her very look, even, will dim the brightness of mirrors, blunt … steel, and take away the polish from ivory. A swarm of bees, if looked upon by her, will die."

That is what Pliny wrote in his Natural History in the year 77. 

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