[I]Do let us know how your plant-breeding project works out.[/I]
Due to financial considerations a great deal of the research must be kept proprietary.
But in terms of the initial winnowing down of the seed lots, my plan is to consult one (or more) of the Goetic Spirits known to share their knowledge of botany and herbalism, to learn if they are interested in assisting with the projects, and / or overseeing the divinations.
The goal of stage one is to reduce the 12 seed lots from 1000 seeds per lot to the 100 most likely carry the traits I’m seeking, without having to conduct field trials and record observations on all 1000 plants.
I’ll certainly be willing to report on my experiences working with the Spirit(s), and honor their names, unless they request otherwise.
On the initial question of your thread, there are a number of Elementals, Fairies & Spirits who can be consulted should you have questions regarding plants, their magical properties or how to influence them magically.
Some cultures ascribe magical / mystical properties to plants. Whether they’re real or just a placebo has not yet been proven scientifically. A few years back I grew a bunch of Holy Basil for a Hindu Temple. They hold the plant in very high esteem, but I didn’t pick up on any special vibes from it.