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!