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The Effect of Music on Plant Growth

Updated on May 23, 2017
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Mazlan acquired his love of gardening at a young age and it has been his passion for over 55 years.

Do Plants Like Music?

Do plants have feelings? Can they hear sounds? Do they like music?

To the skeptic, the idea that plants have feelings or feel pain is ridiculous. Over the years, several studies have indicated that plants may respond to sound. However, the subject is still hotly debated in scientific circles.

Below, I describe several of these studies and their findings in detail, along with the critics' views, so that you can weigh the evidence and draw your own conclusions. First, we'll discuss the studies that support the idea that music helps plants grow, and then we'll look at the opposition.

Studies Find Positive Effects of Music on Plants

If plants respond to the ways they are nurtured and have several sensory perceptions, then how do they respond to sound waves and the vibrations created by musical sounds?

Several studies have looked at this question, specifically how music effects plant growth. In 1962, Dr. T. C. Singh, head of the Botany Department at India's Annamalia University, experimented with the effect of musical sounds on the growth rate of plants. He found that balsam plants grew at a rate that accelerated by 20% in height and 72% in biomass when exposed to music. He initially experimented with classical music. Later, he experimented with raga music (improvisations on a set of rhythms and notes) played on flute, violin, harmonium, and reena, an Indian instrument. He found similar effects.

Singh repeated the experiment with field crops using a particular type of raga played through a gramophone and loudspeakers. The size of crops increased to between 25 to 60% above the regional average.

Through his several experiments, Singh concluded that the sound of the violin has the greatest effect on plant growth. He also experimented on the effects of vibrations caused by barefoot dancing. After exposure to dancers performed Bharata-Natyam, India's most ancient dance style, with no musical accompaniment, several flowering plants, including petunias and marigold, flowered two weeks earlier than the control.

Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, an Indian plant physiologist and physicist, spent a lifetime researching and studying the various environmental responses of plants. He concluded that they react to the attitude with which they are nurtured. He also found that plants are sensitive to factors in the external environment, such as light, cold, heat, and noise. Bose documented his research in Response in the Living and Non-Living, published in 1902, and The Nervous Mechanism of Plants, published in 1926. In order to conduct his research, Bose created recorders capable of detecting extremely small movements, like the quivering of injured plants, and he also invented the crescograph, a tool that measures the growth of plants. From his analysis of the effects specific circumstances had on plants' cell membranes, he hypothesised they could both feel pain and understand affection.

Luther Burbank, an American botanist and horticulturist, studied how plants react when removed from their natural habitat. He talked to his plants. Based on his horticultural experiments, he attributed approximately 20 sensory perceptions to plants. His studies were inspired by the work of Charles Darwin's The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, published in 1868.

You can read more about this research and its pioneers in The Secret Life of Plants, (1973) by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. The book has short description of the experiments with a brief biography of these scientists. It should be mentioned that some, including botanists Arthur Galston and Leslie Audus, consider the book to be a piece of fiction, not science. A lot of the science in The Secret Life of Plants has been discredited, but nevertheless, the book has made its mark on our minds and culture.

The Effect of Music on Seed Development

Dr. T. C. Singh also discovered that seeds that were exposed to music and later germinated produced plants that had more leaves, were of greater size, and had other improved characteristics. It practically changed the plant's genetic chromosomes!

Working around the same time as Singh, Canadian engineer Eugene Canby exposed wheat to J.S. Bach's violin sonata and observed a 66% increase in yield. Canby's research reinforces Singh's findings.

Do Plants Like Rock Music?

In a 1973 experiment by Dorothy Retallack, then a student of Professor Francis Brown, three groups of plants were exposed to various types of musical sounds.

For one group, Retallack played the note F for an 8-hour period. For the second group, she played similar note for three hours. The third controlled group remained in silence.

The first group died within two weeks, while the second group was much healthier than the controlled group.

Fascinated by Retallack's findings, two other students went on to do their own test. Plants exposed to Hayden, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schubert grew towards and entwined themselves around the speakers. Another plant group grew away from a speaker that played rock music. That group even tried to climb a glass-walled enclosure in what appeared to be an attempt to get away from the sound.

Retallack later replicated the experiment with rock music (like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix) on a variety of plants. She observed abnormal vertical growth and smaller leaves. She also observed the plants to have damage similar to that associated with excessive water uptake. In the experiment, marigolds died within two weeks. No matter which way they were turned, plants leaned away from the rock music source. These findings were documented in Retallack's 1973 book The Sound of Music and Plants.

Strangely, plants’ musical tastes show a remarkable congruence with those of the humans reporting them.

— Daniel Chamovitz

What About Country and Jazz?

Plants that are exposed to country music have the same reaction as those who are subjected to no sound at all, showing no unusual growth reaction.

According to some studies, jazz music appears to have a beneficial effect, producing better and more abundant growth. The science television show MythBusters did a similar experiment and concluded that plants reacted well to any type of music, whether rock, country, jazz, or classical. Their experiments however, were not thoroughly conducted and are highly debatable.

Music for Plant Growth in Practice

DeMorgenzon wine estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa, uses baroque music to enhance the ripening processl. They believe the vibrations help not just of the plants but also in the soil and produce good fungi and bacteria in the soil that are vital for healthy vines, which encourages better and stronger root development, resulting in vigorous growth and better fruit. Many commercial growers play music for their crops, regardless of the fact that there are no reliable studies to support the idea.

How Can Plants Hear?

How could music affect plant growth if plants don't have ears? To explain how it may work, let us look at how we humans receive and hear sound.

Sound is transmitted in the form of waves that travel through a medium, such as air or water. The waves cause the particles in this medium to vibrate. When you switch on your radio, the sound waves create vibrations in the air that cause your ear drum to vibrate. This pressure energy is converted into electrical energy for the brain to translate into what you understand as musical sounds.

In a similar manner, the pressure from sound waves create vibrations that could be picked up by plants. Plants would not "hear" the music, they would feel the vibrations of the sound wave.

Protoplasm, the translucent living matter of which all animals and plant cells are composed, is in a state of perpetual movement. The vibrations picked up by the plant might speed up the protoplasmic movement in the cells. This stimulation then could affect the system and improve performance, such as the manufacture of nutrients that develop a stronger and better plant.

Different forms of music have different sound wave frequencies and varying degrees of pressure and vibration. Louder music, like rock, features greater pressure, which some people think might have a detrimental effect on plants. Imagine the effect of strong wind on a plant compared to a mild breeze.

Playing Music in Vineyards for Grape Production

In 2008, a 91-hectare vineyard, DeMorgenzon wine estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa, experimented with two vineyard blocks, exposing one to baroque music and the other to no music at all. This allowed the vineyard owner to monitor and observe any differences in the production.

The musical repertoire consisted of 2,473 pieces of classical baroque music. With this vast collection, they could play the music nonstop for 7.5 days without repeating.

Despite the outcome of the experiment by Dorothy Retallack, where plants exposed for an eight-hour period died two weeks later, the DeMorgenzon wine estate played the music around the clock with no negative results, not just in the vineyard but also in the wine cellar and tasting room.

Another vineyard, Paradiso di Frassina in Tuscany, Italy, uses classical music to get better production from its vineyards. They observed that plants mature faster when exposed to the soothing sounds of Mozart, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Mahler when compared to a controlled site.

This project to wire the vineyard for musical sound started in 2001 as an attempt to keep pests away. However, when they saw better and improved plants and fruits, the project continued as a 'productivity tool'.

Just like DeMorgenzon wine estate, the music is played non-stop 24 hours a day with no negative results.

In both of these vineyard examples, there were no negative results noticed after extensive exposure to music, and the benefits of the music remain anecdotal.

Music is not ecologically relevant for plants, so we shouldn’t expect them to be tuned in to it. But there are sounds that, at least theoretically, it could be advantageous for them to hear. These include the vibrations produced by insects, such as a bee’s buzz or an aphid’s wing beat, and minuscule sounds that might be created by even smaller organisms.

— Daniel Chamovitz

Are You Still Doubtful?

If so, you're not alone. It is true that the positive effects of music on plant growth is still highly debated among scientists. Because the scientific community only values results that can be repeated, and thereby verified, there are many skeptics who regard the studies mentioned above as bad science since most of them were unreplicable, meaning that when others tried to re-do the study as described, their results did not match those of the original study.

If a study's results are not scientifically significant or can't be supported by independent verification and replicable studies, they are no longer considered relevant. In some cases, upon further analysis, the original studies themselves were found to be faulty.

It was reported in the The Telegraph that scientists from National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea played classical music in rice fields, and concluded that plant genes can "hear" and had improved yield. The research was published in the August, 2007 issue of New Scientist. This finding, however, received negative comments from some quarters which cited external factors such as wind that might have drowned out the experiment's effects. Others say too few samples were analyzed for it to be conclusive.

Linda Chalker-Scott, author of The Informed Gardener, questions the authenticity of Dorothy Retallack's findings. She listed several concerns, including:

  • Citing the works of professors in physics and theology, but not in biology.
  • Lack of relevant references.
  • Poor reasoning and biased expectations.
  • Insufficient number of samplings.
  • Poor experiment tools.
  • Publisher that does not specialize in science.
  • Journal not peer-reviewed.

Another skeptic, biologist and author of What a Plant Feels, Daniel Chamovitz, criticizes both the Retallack study and The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (both described above) as not only perfect examples of bad science but for being detrimental to science as a whole. He also says that "Although research in this area has a long history, most of it is not very scientific and, if you think about it, experiments studying music and plants were doomed from the start. We don’t judge a plant’s vision by showing it an eye chart and asking it to read the bottom line." He cited one study that involved the effect of rock music (Meatloaf) and classical (Mozart) on corn and noted that although the results seemed to show slightly positive affect for both types of music on the growth of corn, when researchers redid the study but this time used fans to remove the heat generated by the speakers playing the music, they found no difference in the effects of Mozart, Meatloaf, and silence.

In his article "The Intelligent Plant" (published in The New Yorker December 23 & 30, 2013), Michael Pollan—author, journalist, professor, and critic of the book by Tompkins and Bird—said, "in the view of many plant scientists The Secret Life of Plants has done lasting damage to their field." He calls the book a "beguiling mashup of legitimate plant science, quack experiments, and mystical nature worship that captured the public imagination at a time when New Age thinking was seeping into the mainstream."

Studies have not been able to prove emphatically that music has any effect on plant growth whatsoever. This is why you can't find any recent studies on the topic published in any reputable science journals and why music isn't used universally by commercial growers.

Try it On Your Own Plant with this 'Music for Plants'

Can Music Affect Our Brain?

If music can change how plants grow, will it also affect our brain? I wrote this article on the effect of music on the brain. Check it out and see how it helps you to stay focus and even improves your memory. http://hubpages.com/education/Effect-of-Music-on-the-Brain

Professor Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University

Science Projects Involving Music, Sound, and Plants

If you'd like to do an experiment on this subject—or if you simply want to mess around with your own plants to see what happens—consider designing an experiment around one of the following questions.

  • Test to see if you can detect any difference between plants that have been exposed to classical, heavy metal, punk, or Indian sitar music by exposing plants to different genres. (Don't forget to take the variable of the heat emitted from the speaker into consideration!)
  • Try talking to some of your plants but giving others the silent treatment. (What if you spoke only insults? Would that make any difference?)
  • What about the other sounds that plants might respond to, for example vibrations (like those produced by bees) or the sound of caterpillars chewing?
  • If you place a plant in a noisy area, does it seem to respond differently than a plant in a quieter spot? (This works best if all other variables are the same: same type of plant, same sun and water exposure, etc.)
  • What about the effects of different instruments (guitar, piano, kazoo) or non-musical sounds (traffic, baby crying, machinery)?

Remember, your experiment will be more meaningful if you use the scientific method and try to...

  • Keep track of the information by recording data.
  • Use a control group (a plant that is not exposed to the noise).
  • Use reliable tools for measurements.
  • Try to control the variables as much as possible.
  • Pay attention to how your wishes or preconceived ideas may be skewing your experiment.

Share Your Experience

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What Say You?

What is your take on this? Do you agree with skeptics that believe that the benefits of music on plants are just a myth? Or do you strongly agree that music has a positive effect on plants?

Share your views here!

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      Mary Rose B. Estigoy 8 days ago

      Hey Mazlan, Good Evening

      I am a Fourth Year BS Biology Student and I just read your work.

      I was searching about the Physiological effects of Music on Plants and you just made my proposal research study super easier. The results are very promising having ample harvest but the thing is how could they think of it as a faulty work? Aren't we all working for d benefit of all?

      I am still thinking as to what topic I am to propose tomorrow.Pray for me ^_^

      Thanks a lot and God Bless You Mazlan. Plant more

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      Joe Durt 3 weeks ago

      WOW...................... I NEVER THOUGHT AN EXPERIMENT LIKE THIS WOULD HAPPEN. Mazlan your my hero for putting this beautiful article on this World Wide Web. You really help me understand this subject.

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      Mailman Joe 3 weeks ago

      I always know that sometimes that we can hear plants grow... It's pretty darn amazin that we can hear music in plants. Is that how that experiment worked? I just darn don't understand this subject.

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      Mazlan 3 weeks ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Williams. If you go back to my article under subsection 'How Can Plants Hear', it explains how.

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      Mazlan 3 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Roger. With your more than 60 years of gardening expertise, how about writing and sharing these experiences on a blog site? It will make an interesting read. Would you consider doing this? If you do, I will be one of your subscribers!

      Anyway, thanks for dropping by and sharing your personal involvement with plants and plant language!

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      Roger Laporte Ottawa 3 months ago

      I was nearly born in a garden,2 august. My grandfather was a gardener. My father was a gardener. I also was a gardener ,but grew flowers for 60 years. I always worked with plants. I have problems for human made up language,

      French, English Spanish etc. Plant is the only language I understand . O f course I do not wear a white jacket. I am 92

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      Mazlan 4 months ago from Malaysia

      No worries. Thanks for dropping by vlada.

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      vlada@cps.edu 4 months ago

      That is what I meant Mazlan. Thank you for correcting me. :-)

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      Mazlan 4 months ago from Malaysia

      Thanks, vlada. But I think you meant how music affect Plant? :-)

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      vlada@cps.edu 4 months ago

      This article really helped me to understand about how music effects music.THANK YOU Mazlan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Mazlan 5 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Neelkanth. Thanks for sharing this and I am glad it is showing some positive results. And thanks for offering to update us here on the 1-year result. Hope to hear from you soon.

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      Mazlan 5 months ago from Malaysia

      munza, you can check my article on the effect of music on the human brain at

      https://hubpages.com/education/Effect-of-Music-on-...

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      muzna 5 months ago

      can anybody give me conclusion or result of how does music have an effect on biological system

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      Mazlan 6 months ago from Malaysia

      Thanks, Jonathan. I am glad this article on the effect of music on plant growth has helped you in your Biology and Music examinations. Wishing you the best in your exam results.

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      Jonathan 6 months ago

      Thank you Mazlan!!!

      I am very glad to have find this on my reseaching in my Biology and Music examen. I've made a experiment my self with some cress and the album:

      Mother Nature's planetasia by Mort Garson (1976)

      A truly wonderful album both for you and your plants!

      Thank you very much

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      Mazlan 6 months ago from Malaysia

      khalil and Jeff. Thanks for the kind words.

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      khalil misto 7 months ago

      very useful

      excellent research

      you saved me from failing biology

      this will make an amazing project

      i raise my glass for your hard work

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      Jeff 7 months ago

      Excellent article. Not here for a science fair or anything, just personal research. Thanks!

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      Mazlan 7 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi Mary. Please check my earlier reply to another reader requesting for similar info

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      Mary 7 months ago

      Hello Sir,

      Could you please provide your full name, as I will be referencing my project, and would need your full name for citations etc?

      Thank you! :)

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      B.featherstone 7 months ago

      I hav sung and hummed while tending to my plants and I swear they seem to be growing better. Hey we are all and everything around us is energy so why not give it a try, worst thing could happen is you might be happier lol

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      MazlanUrMieHeeero 8 months ago

      Tomorrows Valentines day Mazlan: have you got me anything special?

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      Mazlan 8 months ago from Malaysia

      zoe, when you enjoy doing the experiment or any work for that matter, the outcome will always be good. Cheers!

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      zoe 8 months ago

      this is a fun experiment

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      Mazlan 9 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Kimmie. An interesting question! I am not sure for which country you are referring to. I supposed the University where the research works by some of the professors as mentioned in my article may have such courses.

      A quick check with my Google friend shows College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, USA; and Tel Aviv University. You can search for more.

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      Kimmie 9 months ago

      Hi, Mr. Mazlan,

      It's such an interesting and inspiring article about music effects on plants. Do you come across any academic courses that teach about Agriculture + Music?

      Thanks

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      Mazlan 9 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, DanDan101.

      Thanks for letting me know and congrats on your 'A' grade. I am happy that this article was useful for your science fair. Keep it up.

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      DanDan101 9 months ago

      Hi, Mr. Mazlan. I used this, your article, for the science fair an I got an A!

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      Mazlan 9 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Tophill. Yes, you are right. according to the research works by Dr. Masaru Emoto, water has feelings and memory. Thanks for bringing this up.

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      Mazlan 11 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, wanderlust. Thanks for this special interest. The citation for website article should be as follows:

      Mazlan, A. (2012, September 6). The Effect of Music on Plant Growth. Retrieved from https: // dengarden.com/gardening/the-effect-of-music-on-plant-growth

      Hope this helps.

      Note: Pls remove the spaces between s: and // deng

      I had to add the spaces in this reply to ensure you get the full text

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      Wanderlust 11 months ago

      Can you please tell me how do I cite your article in my research properly according to the APA style?'

      great article btw!

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      Mazlan 11 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Mary. My name is Mazlan and I am glad you found this article useful for your research project. Thanks for reaching out and for the citation.

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      Mary 11 months ago

      This is extremely helpful. Thank you so much.

      I'm using your article for research in my project. I will give you proper credit and reference. Can you please write your name?

      I need to cite it in my research.

      Much appreciated

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      Mazlan 11 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Nicole

      That sounds interesting. Hope you can share it here on your findings.

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      Nicole 11 months ago

      I can't wait to do this I'm doing it for a science fair thanks for this site

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      Mazlan 11 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Frank, that's amazing.

      And the response is so fast! Which particular Sacred Music were you playing? Were you guys expecting something like this to happen and played the music to confirm it?

      Thanks for sharing this awesome piece of information and thanks fro dropping by.

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      frank clemente 11 months ago

      I played sacred music to a bouquet of roses in a clear vase for 30 minutes

      Within 15 minutes the roses were seen leaning to the source of music. I would say the angle was about 15-20 degrees. This was witnessed by me and a friend sitting three chairs away from me. The roses were 10 freet in front of us. Frank C. Landscape Designer

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      Mazlan 11 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, New Hubpage. I am not sure what you meant by I MLA. If you need to cite this article, you may do so by sharing the link. Hope this answers your question.

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      New Hubpage 11 months ago

      How would I MLA cite this for a persuasive speech? (If i'm allowed to use it)

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      Mazlan 11 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, LLa K. Usually, if you right click your mouse, there is a "PRINT' command in the menu. You can then proceed print.

      Thanks for using my article for your science project. Appreciate fi you can link it back to me.

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      Ila K. 11 months ago

      I want to use this article for my science project but i cant find a way to print it out? Any suggestions?

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      Mazlan 12 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, SunsetGiraffe. Sure, no problem but appreciate if you can link it back to this article. Wishing you success in your science project.

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      SunsetGiraffe25 12 months ago

      This is so interesting! I hope u don't mind if I use this for my science project.

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      Mazlan 13 months ago from Malaysia

      Ben_Volio, no problem. I am glad my article had helped you in your science project. I hope you remembered to put link to this article :-)

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      Ben_Volio 13 months ago

      I hope you don't mind but I used your Blog for research, for a science project. its pretty cool also!

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      Mazlan 14 months ago from Malaysia

      Hey Paul, sorry I may have missed something. Are you saying the results show negative growth or positive growth?

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      Mazlan 14 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Dias. I used to have the respective item linked to the article or report, but it keeps giving problem so I unlinked it. But if you do a search, you will find it. For example, if I were to search for 'Response in the Living and Non-Living' by Bose, I will get 7.63million results including the report sold at Amazon.com

      Give it a try.

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      Dias 15 months ago

      Hi, may a get the journal research?

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      Paul Montesclaros 15 months ago

      I and my colleagues have a published thesis entitled "The Effects of Contemporary House Music on the Growth of Phaseolus radiatus". We thought that we would choose house music since it is without a doubt the most vibration intensive music genre. We based our results off of discrepancies in root:shoot ratio for both the experimental and controlled group with great success.

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      Mazlan 17 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, jvmar. Thanks for dropping by and I am happy to note that this article has helped you. Have a good day.

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      jvmar 17 months ago

      thank you so much for this. this is one of the evidences that i could present to my colleagues regarding the effect of music on plants and i am happy that i have proof. i am also happy to say that my type of music (classical and opera) is really great.

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      Billy M 19 months ago

      Very great it will help Kenya achieve its goals of vision 2030.

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      Vicky 20 months ago

      Hello! Your article was very useful and I want to put in my citations for my science project, but there are some things I need that are missing. One of them is your full name and when the article was electronically published. I understand if you would not want to give out that information, but those are 2 things that my teacher is looking for in citing a source. I hope you respond to my comment.

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      Mazlan 23 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi Kristen, I personally had experienced this..well actually my mom. She will carry with her a small transistor radio and will tune on to one of her favorite radio station. It will be on from early morning until evening, unless if it rains. The orchids are stronger and have better blooms compared to those planted at the back of the house.

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      BenDareDonDat 23 months ago

      Thanks so much :D

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      I've heard something like this throughout the years about talking to your plants or play music. It sounds pretty interesting though the research is debatable. Thanks for sharing this fascinating hub.

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      JuliaRobertve 2 years ago

      nice article..

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      CosmoGuru, thanks for the compliment and thanks for dropping by

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      CosmoGuru 2 years ago from Ahmedabad

      Very Good hub.

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      @Chriswillman90. I recently read a newspaper article of a study done in Saudi Arabia where plants were exposed to music, verses from the Holy Quran and to hateful remarks. Well, plants exposed to hateful remarks wilted and die. Plants exposed to music grow better but plants exposed to verses from Holy Quran grow the best.

      So there you are, plants have feelings!

      Thanks for dropping by and I hope you will share your own experiment with us as well.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Interesting I use to always think this was a myth when one of my science teachers told me about it back in high school. I would have loved to try it out in biology but perhaps I'll do it in my spare time. Very informative hub.

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Teddy Kimathi, thanks for dropping by. I am glad this article has enlightened you, in one way or another.

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      Teddy Kimathi 2 years ago from Nairobi

      Wow! I didn't know that! Thanks for keeping us informed with such great outstanding info!

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi aiden. I read recently that certain type of music will also reduce stress in people, and hence will lower any potential risk of certain ailments, when one listens to certain type of music. I will probably do more research on this and write about it! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words.

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      aiden 2 years ago

      i like this site it is very useful

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      @Senti Longchar: Yes, plants do react to sound and waves and have been confirmed in many of the scientific studies. Thanks for your validation on this matter.

      @Zero, I am glad this article, 'effect of music on plant growth' has helped you in your science project.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Zero 2 years ago

      Thanks so much! Im doing this for a science fair and this just saved me.

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      Senti Longchar 2 years ago

      Plants are living things.. They do react with sound and waves. Information posted are good and interesting.

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Camerondallas. Thanks for sharing this useful info that further validates the effectiveness of classical music on plant growth.

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      Camerondallas 3 years ago

      I actually did a science fair experiment on this a couple years ago, and classical music actually did help them grow the biggest and healthiest.

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      ajwrites57, hmm yeah. Enjoy your weekend.

      watergeek, another interesting question, but its good to know that it is still blond and thick!

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      watergeek 3 years ago from Pasadena CA

      In case it means anything, I'm 63 and my hair is still thick . . . and still blond. I've never colored it. I wonder if playing classical music affects hair color too? ;)

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      My, you are inquisitive greatstuff! I asked the question tongue-in-cheek! Well, if it works, maybe you could patent it! And maybe you will have a successful Hub! lol

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi ajwrites57, that is an interesting question and can be a title for another hub. I googled and to my surprise, there are several articles on music for hair growth, music to stimulate hair growth and even digital music for hair growth. You can buy them on Amazon.com

      I have not explored further to see if there are any established studies and research to confirm the effectiveness of this therapy. As I said earlier, this can be another hub to write!

      If it works, I will be the first to try!

      Thanks for the visit.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Intriguing Hub greatstuff! I remember reading about this at some point, great to find it here. I wonder if classical music would stimulate hair growth? :o)

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      EastGhostCom 3 years ago

      forgot to mention - see also MUSICAL CULT CONTROL paper by DR LEONARD HOROWITZ, SOLD THEIR SOULS TO ROCK AND ROLL (youtube), TRUTH BEHIND HIP HOP (youtube)

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      EastGhostCom 3 years ago

      see the discoveries at the Bosnian Pyramids, particularly the 28kHz energy / sound beam verified shooting out from the apex. see also works by Dan Winter, Stan Tenen (meru.org) and field of cymatics. Princeton noosphere project. David Wilcock. This article is a good start, but there is much, much more.

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      @doglover101, You can try this book 'The Secret Life of Plants' (1973) by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, for more info on effect of music on plant growth

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      doglover101 3 years ago

      this website helped some!

      but where can i get more info about what are the effects of music on plant growth?

      please someone can make a comment!

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      hichkey 4 years ago

      Very interesting and informative post.Thanks for sharing your relationship with plants.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @krsharp05 , Hard to say. It could be both, the jazz and your green thumb!

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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      I've just read Watergeek's hub which touched on the effect of music and plants. We listen to a lot of rock music however, we have a literal movie sound system downstairs and my husband plays a lot of jazz which from time to time can actually knock stuff off the tables and walls on the main floor. Do you think that's why my plants (all on the main floor) are thriving? ha ha ha? I thought it was my green thumb :) . Interesting & UP -K

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @mvillecat Thanks for tweeting, vote and the support

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @watergeek, Good to see you back here again. I have updated my article to add link to your hub

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @ITcoach. I am glad you find the article useful and worthy of sharing with your followers. Thanks.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Nell Rose, you can always write your version and we can link our hubs to each other. Let me know once it is done and I will do the link.

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      Catherine Dean 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Very interesting. Our local university has a music therapy department and I find it so interesting how music affects people, animals and now plants. I tweeted and voted up.

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      I didn't play music for them, as much as for myself. But I tend to like mellower music anyway. These days, when I play music, it's meditative classical, N. American flute music, Hawaiian slack guitar, lite jazz, Irish indie pop (e.g. Enya), that sort of thing.

      I did talk to them and always touched them. To my pothos, "Look how fast you're growing! I look away and here you are with a new shoot." To my maidenhair, "I so love how fluffy you are. You are a joy to brush against." And since I prefer tropical plants and spray them a lot, that's when I usually talk to them (see recent hub on watering plants). Sometimes I smell them, just to get close, even though I know they don't have a smell (lol).

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      ITcoach 5 years ago from United States

      greatstuff

      I am too much amazed to read your post. It is all about the scientific research so I cannot decline about the words said you you.

      Really great post for the scientific hub seeker. I liked it and shared with friends too

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      No more rock music for me then! lol! I have a huge pot plant, a coleus to be exact in my kitchen and it seems to keep growing and growing, must be all the classical music I play! seriously though I was actually going to write about plants and trees myself and how they can 'see' 'hear' etc after reading a fascinating article in New Scientist. It goes on to explain in detail how the leaves 'see' the red spectrum, 'hear' the wind and rain and so on, fascinating stuff, and I loved this hub great stuff! voted up and shared, nell

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @leahlefler : Hahaha, I am sure your plant will go for the classical. Hope it doesn't attract the bees! Loved your article on your dog's allergy to the bee sting!

      @M. Dasgupta : Thanks for the visit and compliments

      @spartucusjones : I was afraid rockers including yourself, will be disappointed. Then again, you quoted Lemmy of Motörhead! Maybe you can do an experiment and see how your plant will react to rock music and share it here on HubPages.

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Very interesting and informative hub! That being said I was a bit disappointed by the fact that plants don't like rock music. That being said it reminded me of a quote from Lemmy of Motörhead where he stated that if if they where to move next door your lawn would die.

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      M. Dasgupta 5 years ago

      Very interesting and useful hub.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I love plants, and I love gardening. Maybe I should invest in a sound system outdoors to play Bach to my flower beds. Of course, my flowers might prefer another type of music entirely - and if they liked Country-Western, I couldn't bear it. Hopefully they prefer classical! Great hub, greatstuff!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Om and teaches12345: You both seem to enjoy jazz and as mentioned by Om, should be done in company of your plants! Thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts and the compliments.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can understand how a plant would want to climb away from rock music. Jazz would be my preference if I were a plant, it's smooth mellow tones would be just wonderful. Interesting hub post and really well done.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      How intriguing! Thanks for sharing this. It was such a fun read, greatstuff. I'm glad jazz has positive effects on plants because that's my kind of music. Maybe I can listen to jazz music with my plants! heheee

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Peggy, I am now writing on how music affects our human brain, so you can come back and read more, once I finish writing them. Thanks for the votes and tweet.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @watergeek, thanks for sharing your special bonding and relationship with your plants. I am glad there were all healthy. Did you play music or talk to your plant? If you played music to your plant, which type of music did you played?

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have always heard that playing classical music was beneficial to growing good crops and plants in general. One has to assume it also has good effects on humans perhaps in different ways. Voted up, useful and interesting. Tweeted.