From Switzerland to South Korea and Canada to Italy commercial farmers are discovering the benefits of playing music for their crops. Using music as a growth stimulant and in place of chemicals, these farmers are serious about their music.
Who wouldn’t agree that a good wine and music go hand-in-hand? At least two vintners are coaxing their vines to produce faster and with more desirable sugar content through the medium of music. By placing speakers throughout their vineyards, they pipe in classical music to tantalize their vines and it seems to be working!
But the impact of music on plants is not limited to grape vines. “Eugene Canby, a Canadian engineer, exposed wheat to J.S. Bach's violin sonata and observed an increased in yield by 66%.”
And Korean scientists have now proven that playing classical music to rice plants helped them grow more quickly. Who would have thought that Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata could be better for crops than fertilizer?
A coalition of farmers in India has replaced conventional chemical fertilizers and pesticides with music, producing healthier crops with greater yield.
In Dorothy Retallack’s ground-breaking book, The Sound of Music and Plants, she demonstrated the benefits of music on plants. But she warns that not just any music will do. Rock music and other boisterous music “will only make the plants grow feeble and sick. Preferably, play Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven to make your plants grow better.”
Scientists believe that it is the frequencies and sound waves that stimulate plant growth rather than their “appreciation” for a particular type of music. In experiments, soothing music stimulates the opening of the stomata in plants. These microscopic apertures receive nourishment from the plant’s environment, causing them to grow more rapidly and healthy.