Sounds great!


Richard Jackson and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Does music help your plants grow better? Some years ago, an enterprising tomato grower played rock music to his plants over a few months and he was convinced the plants produced better yields! Presumably it was a heavy (metal) crop!

The grower had originally been inspired by a trial run a few years earlier by a lady in Colorado who decided that classical music helped her plants to thrive. I guess that the plants liked the Beet(hoven).

Recently, a team from QVC boldly decided to put the theory to the test. And being QVC, we didn't do things by halves. We hired the entire Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, packed a prestigious concert venue with plants, and asked the musicians to play some Mozart to this rather cultivated audience. Did it make a difference? Well, you can see for yourself on our Music to Grow To page where you can even download some Mozart to play to your own plants and carry out your own trial.

Taking the concept even further, I've been mulling over whether certain songs might give plants an even bigger boost. Helped by Beverley Cressman and other guests on our gardening show on Saturday, we've come up with the following song suggestions; 'Rambling Rose', 'Build Me Up Buttercup', 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers', 'Kiss From a Rose', 'Lilac Wine', and not forgetting, 'The Green, Green, Grass of Home'!
Can you think of any more noteworthy songs to play to plants? Please leave your suggestions in the comments section below – I have a signed copy of my book to give away for any ingenious suggestions that strike the right chord!
Happy gardening!


  1. Marisa March 25, 2011 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    If there are certain music pieces that can help plant growth, is there a type of music that can hinder the growth of plants? I assume it’s the musical acoustic vibrations produced by the music that simulates the additional growth, so are there any pieces you’ve found you shouldn’t play? It would be ‘grape’ to know, so as not to ‘soil’ my plants!

  2. JACKIE DUNWELL March 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    How about – Eye of the tiger {lily}
    Con-fuschia-n by ELO
    Bolero [petunia]
    Daisy Daisy [give me your answer do]
    Rose Garden..Lynne Anderson

  3. JACKIE DUNWELL April 1, 2011 at 10:44 am -  Reply


  4. Tina Burbridge April 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    i bought my husband some Freesias (crown Jewels) last year from QVC (my favourites) he did as the instructions said? nothing no flowers appeared at all he was just wondering if ther was something he did wrong? they grew to 20-25cms.We have contacted customer services but they havent replyed whitch is strange as they normally do.

  5. John Cavill June 24, 2011 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    We have cows near us that listen to classical music. Its said that they seem to get to know each of the cd’s playing and know when they are going to end so they go walk about after that. Some cows seem to return to the milking shed when their favourites are playing so I firmly believe music will help the plants too!
    What is needed is ipod’s and head phones for each individual plants!

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