See the plant IRL!

This is rumor control:

On Wednesday 2/04/2009 (today) the test plant was transported to Palmhuset in Trädgårdsföreningen - a public green house in central Gothenburg, Sweden not far from the experiment location (due to transportation temperature issues). 

Here, the plant will be taken care of by professional garderners until the day it dies and goes to tomato plant heaven. Feel free to visit the plant IRL for the following weeks/months for as long as it lives. Open weekdays between 10.00 and 16.00.

More info and directions at: www.tradgardsforeningen.se

(If you decide to visit it and talk to it, please say something nice.)


The End

Hello there. 

Once again. Thank you all for participating in this experiment. This is a short news flash to let you all know that we have gathered all the facts and figures from the Interactive Ketchup Growing Experiment : Talk to the plant - and we are currently working on the Official Experiment Report and Hypothesis Testing that will be published at talktotheplant.com within short!

And that’s not all...

...tomorrow we are moving the testplant to it’s terminal station as it will be re-planted at a public green house and garden in Sweden. More news, and images, on that soon!

Also! Stay tuned for the final time-lapse from the experiment, more facts and images and the answer to the question we’ve all been waiting for: Does the human voice have any affect on plant growth?

Ok, 'til then - take care // No one grows ketchup like Heinz


WEEK 7 - HELLO 2009

Hello again. We are closing in on the final part of the experiment. Not a minute too soon it seems, since both plants once again have outgrown the experiment rig. 

As some of you may have noticed, we could not help ourselves from spreading the holiday spirit and add some Christmas decorations during the holidays. Today, however, the little Christmas elves and the Christmas tree ball was removed and once again we are focused on measuring, testing, reporting and participating, right? Here are the last 10 messages sent:

1. love
2. i love you!
3. dd
4. dd
5. what's up?
6. what
7. miaow
8. hi
9. gambare!
10. hi

The usual mix it seems. Our measuring guy is back next week and then we will have the final report on how the plant growth and development really turned out. Until then...

... Happy New Year! // No one grows ketchup like Heinz



Original experiment time was set to six week - and now we are here. 

It’s been decided since start that weekly evaluations should control any decisions to prolong the experiment. With the massive participation (16.300 messages in this writing moment) that has been generated without any advertising - it’s clear that The Interactive Ketchup Growing Experiment has been a much appriciated project and attracted far more attention than expected.

We are currently working on initial evaluations for the test of hypothesis, further investigation and the complete review - but until we reach the point where plants are unable to grow due to room size and we run out of experiment fundings - we have collectively decided to prolong the experiment this year out. 

Hopefully this will result in even higher participation numbers and more messages to the plant. 

Once again, thank you everyone who has participated in the experiment. Keep up the good work!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! // No one grows ketchup like Heinz.


random messages part deux

Hello everyone! Here’s some recent things said to the plant.

karen loves you
slayer rocks
jag och linda ska titta på hey
hej mamma!
tell melinda that i’m running late
dance plant, dance!
liebe kleine pflanze ich hoffe du wachst bald in eine grosse pflanze
monica monica monica monica monica monica monica

Keep em' coming! Thank you for participating. More news within short! 


And what a race it is!

The experiment goes on, and once again the reference plant is in the lead!

The latest measurement shows that the plants has grown seven and ten centimeters since the last one was made. But it's the reference plant that has grown ten! We're feeling flabbergasted, but maybe it's because of the test plant being fed messages like "gogogo you reversed pothead", "bye nerrrrd" and "hey shut up you'll never grow"? We don't know!

But anyway, please keep sending more positive messages!


Rebuilding the rig... again!

Yep. We have outgrown ourselves again. This time, the small pots had to go. 

Bigger, better pots...

...to create the possibility to outgrow ourselves again.

Stay tuned!