Surprisingly, plants, just like animals, have some form of intelligence and are able to make certain decisions, especially when subjected to pressure. They can sense and respond to various stimuli. Have you ever wondered why some plants will secrete substances when disturbed? It is a way of responding to the stimuli. Here are some of the vegetables that have the highest IQ.
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1. Broccoli (2.81)
Broccoli tastes better when it has matured in the cool months. It prefers growing in sunny spots. It also requires slightly acidic, well-drained soils. If you don’t provide the right growing conditions for the broccoli, they will not produce good yields. They also require the addition of compost or manure when planting. If the temperatures are very cold and the vegetables have already formed heads, cover them using row covers to prevent them from turning into purple.
You can grow the vegetables on the soil directly or in containers. Growing them in containers allows you to move them indoors when it is extremely cold, to avoid damage of the heads. Always ensure that the soil is moist when broccoli is actively growing and reduce the frequency of watering during the maturity stage. Broccoli can be grown together with other vegetables such as onions and potatoes.
It is also easily attacked by pests. To ensure that your plants are not attacked, always go for the certified seeds.
2. Asparagus (2.79)
Asparagus grows at a very high rate. It can grow for up to 10 inches in a single day when the temperatures are conducive. Upon reaching maturity, the vegetable can be harvested up to two months. Harvesting is easy. You don’t need special tools. Just use a knife, but you can also harvest it using hands.
When well taken care of, an asparagus plant will live for two decades. You will be having a fresh supply of fresh vegetables without having to replant it.
When it gets very hot, asparagus starts seeding, and its quality goes very low. That is why its hard to find asparagus in June. It is a perennial plant that can be grown from seed or crown.
Grow asparagus in an area where it will receive sufficient sunlight. It also does well in well-drained soils. If your garden has clay soil, and sand to improve its drainage.
3. Celery (2.76)
Celery has several culinary purposes. It does well in stews, salads, and soups. When you grow celery, you don’t have to wait for long before the first harvest. Only 16 weeks, and you will have a fresh supply of this flavored vegetable.
It grows well in full sunlight and fertile soils, enriched with compost. Celery is very sensitive to PH. It will only do well in soils within a PH range of 5.7-6.7.
It also requires moist conditions for proper growth. Mulch your plants to increase the soil’s moisture retention capacity. Celery is best grown from seed. Keep it free from weeds too, and always get rid of them with care to avoid uprooting your plants in the process.
4. Beetroot (2.27)
Beetroot requires moist growing conditions and sunny spots. You can grow it from seeds or cuttings. It requires soils with a neutral PH, and fertile. After sowing the seeds, water them daily until they germinate. After germinating, reduce watering to prevent the growth of too many leaves and small roots. For beetroots, the root is the most important part.
They are heavy feeders and will benefit from the addition of nitrogenous fertilizers. However, be careful not to apply excess fertilizers, as they will result in an overgrowth of the foliage and less growth of the root.
When the plants are fully matured, they might start becoming visible on the surface of the soil. Mostly, when they are growing under the right conditions, the vegetables should be ready for harvest within eight weeks. The leaves of beets are also edible and have a sweet flavor.
Other Vegetables with High IQs Include:
Carrots usually have very small seeds. When sowing them, do it shallowly, since too much soil coverage will prevent them from germinating. Water the growing area frequently, until the seedlings emerge. After the emergence, always water them deeply, and reduce the frequency. Only water them when the soil feels dry. This helps the roots to grow vertically and elongated.
Use well-drained soils that don’t have large lumps. You can harvest carrots when they are a few inches long, or wait for them to reach your desired size.
Carrots mature within two months after planting. They also don’t like being transplanted, as it might damage their roots. If you want to add baby carrots on your salads, harvest them when they are still tiny, instead of letting them elongate further. Keep your garden free from weeds too, as they might result in unhealthy competition with your plants.
Renkon is excellent as a culinary accompaniment for various dishes. In the earlier days before people realized that it is actually edible, renkon was used for medicinal and aesthetic purposes. The vegetables are aquatic and should be grown in pots or ponds. All the parts of the renkon are edible.
They also require fertilizer feeding every once in a month. Always get rid of yellowed leaves using pruners. Don’t leave them on the water to decompose, as it might result in infections. They also require re-potting after three years of growth.
3. Daikon Radish
The daikon radish is usually bigger than other varieties of radish and takes more time to mature. It is also known as the Japanese radish. The vegetable is easily grown from seeds. It does well in soils with a PH range of about 5.7-6.7.
They also require loose soils, rather than compacted ones. The plants do well in partial shade or sunny areas, and will not tolerate full shade. They can be eaten raw or cooked. The radishes are usually green, and their taste is mild, compared to other types of radishes.
The radishes are able to penetrate deep into the soil, and access more nutrients, unlike other plants. The foliage of daikon radishes can also be used as food for livestock.
You can mulch them to improve water retention and prevent the growth of weeds. The daikon radishes are usually ready for harvest after they attain a height of around 8 inches. Make the soils loose before pulling the roots out, so that they don’t separate.
Not many plants will tolerate the conditions of the sea. Some species of seaweeds are able to float on the water, to get sufficient sunlight. Some types reproduce sexually, while others reproduce asexually. Some seaweed species are edible, while others are used for making cosmetic products, and fertilizers.
Although seaweed is an alga, it greatly resembles a plant. Seaweeds attach themselves on holdfasts, which produces glue-like substances and attaches themselves on the seafloor, or other stationary materials in the sea. The vegetables are more common in Asian countries.
Vegetables also have IQ, just like animals and human beings. IQ varies from one vegetable to the other. Some have higher IQs, while others have lower ones. That is why different vegetables respond differently to environmental conditions and other factors that may affect them.