28 Nov 2019

Shaking hands with plants - an ancient practice?

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:35 pm on 28 November 2019

It was recently revealed that Prince Charles 'shakes hands' with every tree he plants - taking a branch and giving it a shake to wish it well. 

This fact was shared on Twitter - and many reacted with delight, and quite a few leafy puns. 

Matt Hall knows all about the connection between humans and plants - which stretches back centuries. 

He says we're also closely connected scientifically, with humans sharing 50 percent of our genes with banana plants.

Matt joins us to explain the connection between plants and people. 

Prince Charles speaking to Cashmere High School students on 22 November 2019.

Prince Charles speaking to Cashmere High School students on 22 November 2019. Photo: Supplied / Pool