I feel like the most sensible answer to how plant souls work when plants can have cuttings is to say plants are single souled and the entire species is controlled by one soul. This makes sense with Hindu stories like the curse on the Ketaki flower somehow applying to all of them. Is there any scripture that contradicts this idea?

In case you don't see the conundrum, how does the cutting survive when the origin plant dies? The new soul also can't rely on a small vessel otherwise the soul wouldn't be able to exert enough control to control the body, especially for organisms without brains, like plants.

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    why does the existence of cuttings cause confusion ? a man's seed is after all, part of his own body, yet you consider that a different soul when it enters a womb, right ? every cell, every water droplet in our body could host a million atmas. but only 1 is karma-adheena i.e. enjoys/suffers that body. – mar May 25 at 17:43
  • @mar How does the cutting survive when the origin plant dies? – Aupakarana Abhibhaa May 25 at 18:09
  • @mar Also, the soul can't be tied to such a small area, otherwise, it would barely have any control. Especially for organisms without brains. – Aupakarana Abhibhaa May 25 at 18:15
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    i gave the brain only as an analogy. there are unicellular organisms without brains that respond to stimuli anywhere on their body. the existence of a brain is not necessary. what is necessary is the existence of a contiguous body. – mar May 26 at 0:39
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    This is related to a previously asked question. All living things have their own individual jiva. All plants have their individual jivas ans well as all the cells in those plants have their own individual jivas. All living cells have their own individual jivas. Besides your own jiva which is 'you', all the cells in your body have their own individual jivas. Iswara is the summation of all jivas. – Swami Vishwananda May 26 at 10:32

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