Plants have a taste for classical music, but they especially detest rock ‘n roll


December 19, 2018 Updated: December 19, 2018

Plants love music, but not just any music. They have a taste for classical. Not only have researchers proven that crop yields increase, but growth is enhanced when plants are exposed to classical music.

You may need a little convincing, so here’s some interesting findings to broaden your horizons. After you’re done with this article, you may opt for some more Mozart while at home.

Italian winemaker says his vines are “more robust” thanks to Mozart

Winemaker Giancarlo Cignozzi plays Mozart to his grape vines because he knows they like it.

When he first treated them to “Il Paradiso di Frassina,” he found the grapes growing closest to the speaker not only grew toward the speaker—but grew bigger too.

“The plants seem more robust. The grapes closer to the speaker have the higher sugar content, so we believe in this idea,” said Ulisse, Giancarlo’s son, who makes wine with pops, told CBS News.

Interestingly, whilst his vines spend their days leisurely soaking up the sun on the hills of Montalcino in Tuscany, and listening to classical pieces, they have become less susceptible to insect attacks, which is why Giancarlo does not use pesticide anymore.

Plants love classical music and seemingly detest rock music

In 1973, Dorothy Retallack, who authored The Sound of Music and Plants, tested one group of plants by exposing them to rock music, and another group to classical music.

The group of plants exposed to Brahms, Schubert, Beethoven, and Hayden grew towards the speaker, and even intertwined around the speaker. They obviously couldn’t get enough it.

The group exposed to rock music, however, grew away from the speaker and up the glass enclosure wall in what is believed to be an attempt to escape the sound. Even by turning the plants around, they continued to grow away from the speaker emanating rock music.

Moreover, the group of plants exposed to rock music grew abnormally, and produced smaller leaves. This group died in two weeks.

Enhanced growth and increased yield for a field of crops

Dr. T. C. Singh, head of the Botany Department at India’s Annamalia University, found that the growth rate of balsam plants accelerated by 20 percent in height and 72 percent in biomass after being exposed to classical music performed by flute, violin, harmonium, and a “reena,” an Indian instrument.

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Moreover, seeds that were exposed to classical music, and later germinated, produced a healthier plant of greater size, and with more leaves.

In another experiment, he used loudspeakers to play classical Indian music to a rice paddy. These crops ended up growing 25–60 percent larger than India’s regional average.

He did the same for peanuts, and musically provoked them to yield 50 percent more.

Dr. Singh also noted that in the experiments he conducted, plants were most receptive to violin sounds.

Beethoven aids rice crop growth

In an experiment conducted by Mi-Jeong Jeong of the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea, and his colleagues, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” was played to a few lucky rice fields.

The researchers monitored the gene expression of the crop and determined that not only Beethoven but classical music in general stimulates the crops’ growth. They played 14 different classical pieces, which all produced similar positive results.

The same effect can also encourage buds to flower, producing more fruit, or a greater harvest.

Jeong’s research is backed up by Canadian engineer Eugene Canby, who exposed wheat to J.S. Bach’s violin sonata. His findings show that the wheat crop yield increased by 66 percent thanks to Bach.

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Perhaps you may wonder how do plants “hear” the music. Well, one needs to think more in terms of vibrations and frequencies from harmonious sound waves, which is what’s understood to stimulate plant growth.

The above few experiments are only a teeny tiny portion of what has been discovered. Interesting, to say the least.

Yeah, maybe you should get back to Bach… Your plants will thank you for it. Your own body may too!