A California State Science Fair project deduced from tests that "Silence grew the best and healthiest followed by spoken word (Harry Potter). Classical Music (Vivaldi Concertos) ended up just under spoken word. Bringing up the rear was a very small and unhealthy plant that was 'listening' to heavy metal and (harsh) world music (Mudvayne and Rammstein)."...
A Wingate University botanist states, "As you probably know, sound is a wave, and more specifically, a pulse wave. This simply means that it is formed by areas of higher and lower pressure in the atmosphere through which it travels. Terms such as "amplitude," when used in reference to sound, are actually referring to the plot of the air pressure versus time on a graph. Now, it is difficult to believe that such (extremely small) fluctuations in air pressure could have any effect on a plant's growth. There is very little difference, to a plant, in music and ambient noise. [This is actually an experiment that anyone can do...and you don't need much in the way of supplies!]
"However, you might want to consider this question from another perspective. It is possible that in an experiment, plants which are exposed to music may grow more than plants that are not. Why? Because even though it is unlikely that the plants themselves respond to the music, their caretakers do! Maybe the plants which are exposed to music receive better care than those which do not. Might be worth looking into!"
According to the Plant Physiology Information Website, "...Plants have no ears to hear and no brain to process or develop musical taste or music appreciation...so any attempts to show relationships between music forms and growth or other responses have met with total failure in the hands of true scientists."
A 1973 book entitled The Secret Life of Plants -- A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man helped rekindle fascination with the ephemeral side of the plant world.
Stevie Wonder released a brilliant double album entitled Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants which served as the sound track for the 1978 Documentary Film, The Secret Life Of Plants.
Our suggestion: Try playing Stevie Wonder's "Secret Life" record to your plants!
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