Although not scientifically proven, the influence of constellations on plants continues to mark the agendas of many gardeners.
Farmers and gardeners of ancient times have always used the influences of the stars, planets and the moon to find the best time to sow, cultivate and harvest their crops.
What is a constellation? What gardening tasks are believed to be influenced by the moon?
Influence of the constellations on plants and the gravitation of the moon in the garden
The sets of stars that we like to look at at night are called constellations. According to the lunar calendar, there are twelve constellations, each of which is named after an astrological sign. When the Moon orbits in front of one of these constellations, it exerts a more or less beneficial influence on the plant world.
To understand this phenomenon, it is necessary to know that these twelve zodiacal constellations are classified into 4 families of elements, namely
- Constellations of air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. Gravitation of the Moon favorable to flowers;
- Earth constellations: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. Gravitation of the Moon favorable to roots and bulbs;
- Water constellations: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio. Gravitation of the Moon favorable to leaves;
- Constellations of fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. Gravitation of the Moon favorable to fruits, seeds and grains.
Star-loving gardeners prefer to catch a glimpse of the Moon before starting their gardening work, whether it’s sowing, transplanting, or harvesting.
Good to know: the Moon’s revolution around the Earth lasts 27d 7h 43min 11.5s. This is known as lunation. During this cycle, the Moon will pass through each of the twelve constellations.
Lunation: What jobs have to be done in the garden?
You can choose the best time of the moon to carry out your gardening work. In this case, traditionally, you have to take into account the lunar cycle with respect to the constellations to:
- Improve the quality of your fruits and vegetables in terms of taste and nutrition.
- Improve the conservation of flowering plants.
However, you should know that not all constellations are the same size and that the passage of the moon in front of each one varies in duration, between 24 and 72 hours.
The influence of constellations on plants: should we believe it?
Although gardening under the influence of the constellations was already talked about in ancient times, this issue has been very controversial, especially:
- Already in the seventeenth century by agronomists, since depending on the region, the traditions were sometimes paradoxical. The gardener of Louis XIV, The Quintinye, was widely expressed on the subject in his work, first published in 1690, in which he questioned whether gardening could be affected by constellations.
- Later, and more specifically in 1764, Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau He declared in his work entitled “De l’exploitation des Bois”: “These practices should be abandoned because they are quite ridiculous and opposed to good physics, which is always subject to experience.”
In any case, although today the influence of the constellations in the garden has its detractors, certain benefits have been validated after serious experimentation. The most convincing lunar effects on the plant world refer to: the fruits (moderate effects), the roots (most important effects).
On the other hand, the plant and animal world are highly influenced in their development by day and night and by the seasons.