Listen to the sound in your home garden
It turns out that our indoor plants are a little more sensitive than we thought. While many of us are more worried about over-watering our frondy friends, it turns out the tunes we’re blasting at home could be having more of an impact on the growth and productivity of your plants than we think. In fact, if your plants seem to be dying for no apparent reason, it might be time to check your playlist.
In an interview with Pedestrian.tv, head researcher at Plant Life Balance, Dr Dominique Hes from the University of Melbourne, explained that plants enjoy the energy some music produces, and it can help a plant grow. In fact, she explained that:
- Plants thrive when they listen to music that sits between 115Hz and 250Hz, as the vibrations emitted by such music emulate similar sounds in nature.
- Plants don’t like being exposed to music more than one to three hours per day.
- Jazz and classical music seems to be the music of choice for ultimate plant stimulation.
- Some sounds can make the stomata on plants stay open longer (the tiny pores that act like lungs on plants) which means they take in more air and grow faster.
That is, plants can sense sound vibrations from running water moving through pipes or soil, and will move their roots towards the sounds.
A 1973 study by undergraduate student Dorothy Rallack at Temple Buell College in Colorado found that plants exposed to an F note for 8 hours at a time died within two weeks, while plants exposed to a similar note for just three hours at a time were much healthier than plants that weren’t exposed to sound at all. She later went on to publish her findings in the book, The Sound of Music and Plants.
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