We have played Baroque, and early Classical, music to our growing vines in the vineyard, in the winery and in the cellar all day, and every day, for the past seven years. If Albinoni was good enough for The Doors why not for us? My question is that while music can influence how people perceive a particular wine or type of wine, can music affect a growing plant? Although not much scientific investigation has been undertaken, a handful of research papers have reported on the effects of sound energy on plant growth.
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She concluded that only some types of music are good for plants. Retallack did various experiments in order to find out the effect of what happens if you play plants music. She experimented with the length of time that music was played and also attempted to discover the style of music plants like most. She placed plants in each chamber and played the plants music and sounds through speakers.
In one series of early experiments she played the note F for extended periods of time, but most of her later focus was on the effects of different styles of music.
Many reasons, of course. In my case it is to put down chronologically the story of the phenomenon of the effect of music on plants and to clear up some misconceptions and misquotes which cannot help but happen when the various news media and publications excerpt from a long article about the report of my experiments. The Main Findings of Dorothy Retallack According to Retallack, the best music for plant growth is soothing, positive music. Three or four hours of music is the optimum amount, according to Retallack.
Play plants music for longer than this and the effects tend to always be negative, whatever style of music is played. The music of classical composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach was thought by Retallack as soothing and positive, and so had a beneficial effect on plant growth. The picture shows Bach aged 61, and was painted in , by Elias Gottlob Haussmann.
Source Examples of Positive Soothing Music Older classical music such as works by the composer, J S Bach is recommended if you want to help plants grow. Smooth and melodic jazz music, such as material by the instrumentalist and singer, Louis Armstrong, is also good to play them. Certain styles of World Music, such as Indian sitar music was also found to have a positive effect.
Melodic jazz music, such as that played by the musician and singer, Louis Armstrong was also seen by Retallack as positive for plant growth. More discordant sounds had a negative effect, however, on the the well being of plant Source Examples of Negative Harsh Music Heavy rock music had a detrimental effect on plant development, according to Dorothy Retallack, who played her plants Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.
Discordant modern classical music, such as Arnold Schoenberg also seemed to be bad for plants and should be avoided. Retallack believed that heavy rock groups such as Led Zeppelin had a detrimental effect on plant development. She also found, through experimentation, that modernist classical music, which was discordant to have a negative impact. Source The music of American rock legend, Jimi Hendrix, was also thought to have a negative effect on plant growth, according to Retallack.
His sound she speculated was too abrasive for the plants, who preferred a more soothing musical tone. Retallack believed that discordant modern classical movement was bad for the growth of plants.
The soothing sounds of earlier music was better, she thought. Source Neutral Music Certain music was recorded by Retallack as not having either a positive or negative effect when used to help plants grow. Country and Western music was one such style that fitted into this category. The Country and Western singer, Dolly Parton.
Country music was one of them. She was also a rather eccentric lady with strong personal biases. Critics have also pointed out that the styles of music that Reallack said that plants liked and disliked conformed to her own musical tastes.
Playing Music to Help Plants Grow: The Ideas of Dorothy Retallack
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