A University of Virginia study, published in the Nov. 16 issue of the journal Science, demonstrates that plants grown in the same setting as their maternal plant performed almost 3.5 times better than those raised in a different environment – indicating that maternal plants give cues to their offspring that help them adapt to their environmental conditions.
Plants drop seeds that generally land right near the original plant. The seeds then grow in the same conditions as the original plant. Changing those conditions, even a little effects the growth of the plant.
What this means for house plant growers is that you should experiment a bit. Start with the general recommended conditions for your plant. If your plant doesn’t thrive try shifting things a little. Change one thing at a time ( more sun/less sun, more water/less water ). Watch and see which changes, if any please your plant more.