Music and Plants

Chandra Mukhi Neel (aged 12 years, USA)

In my project I investigated whether different kinds of music would affect the growth of plants. My prediction was that there would be an effect. Earlier I had heard about plants dancing to music. Before playing music to the plants, I predicted that those that had western classical music played to them would do the best.

For this project I made eight terrariums. In four of the terrariums were plants labelled A, B, C and D. In the other four terrariums were seeds labelled 1, 2, 3 and 4.

  • To A and # 1, I played western classical music.
  • To B and # 2, I played rock music.
  • To C and # 3, I played Indian music, mantras.
  • To D and # 4, I played no music.

I took the plants into the house from the deck outside, one at a time, and placed them in my dining room in front of the stereo. Then I played their respective music to them.

Over the weeks I noticed that D, the plant that has had no music played to it, has one to two more flowers than plants A, B and C. It has one new bud less. The leaves are fewer by two to five, and they are not as long as the leaves on plants A, B and C. At first I thought that plant D was doing the best because of its flowers, but really its growth is slower and there are fewer leaves.

However, in the seeds, the results are that the shoots of #3, which had the mantras played to it, are doing the best. The shoots are taller than the shoots of the other seeds by one to five inches. Each shoot also had four to six leaves more than the other individual shoots.

I read some books about experiments being done with plants and found out that I was not the only one who has experimented with the effects of music on plants. Several botanists have carried out this experiment. They found that crops that had music played to them grew stronger, better and more quickly. There was also more crop yield, with more seeds, than the crops that had no music played to them.

In conclusion, I have learned that different kinds of music do have an effect on a plant's growth, especially Indian mantra music. So might it not do the same for human beings?