Music: The Grower’s Secret Weapon

Left: Non-Treated Plant. Right: Music-Treated Plant. (Photo Credit.)

I have heard it before, but I never took it seriously that music could stimulate plant growth. A few years ago Mythbusters hosted an episode which proved that heavy metal music did help increase the size and health of their pea plants. Interesting findings, but the process is a little more scientific than simply hosting a death metal concert for your crop.You need protein stimulating sounds that are specific to your plant’s cell anatomy.

Back in the 90’s a French Physicist named Joel Sternheimer discovered that as plants absorb their nutrients and synthesize their amino-acids, they emit a signal with a certain frequency and wavelength. He was able to recreate these sounds into “proteodies,” or protein melodies. Closely following Sternheimer’s work, Yannick Van Doorne has dedicated his life to studying the effect of music on plant growth. Below is a list of different techniques and sounds that he found can influence plant life:

  • Classical music influence
  • Protein and molecular music. Protein music, special melodies to regulate biosynthesis. Relation to quantum physics.
  • Sonic Bloom techniques developed by Dan Carlson Bird songs.
  • Ultrasonic and infrasound experiments.
  • Special resonance frequencies. Electromagnetic and radio wave effects in relation to sound.
  • Emotional influences with music. Response of plant growth and health to emotion and attention in relation to music.
  • 432 hz tuned music and sound frequencies

In one of his experiments using Sternheimer’s proteodies, he subjected two groups of tomato plants to drought conditions in a tropical greenhouses for three months. One group was treated with sound sequences meant to stimulate the plants’ extensins, dehydrine, cytochrome, and theaumatine proteins. The dehydrine protein, or drought resistant protein, was specifically targeted in the attempt to battle the controlled drought conditions. The plants were subject to the music for three minutes a day, showing mind-blowing results.

His findings proved that protein music for three minutes a day increased the drought resistance and size in his tomato plants!

The treated plants grew as well as the non-treated plants, but they used half of the amount of water. When given the same amount of water, the treated plants grew quicker and showed an increase in length even-though they were in the same development stage. He hosted another experiment in a non-heated greenhouse with two groups of tomato plants. One group was positioned very close to a speaker that played the specific sound sequences. The plants closest to the speakers grew much faster than the other plants showing over a 20% increase in size after only two months.

Left: Non-Treated Tomato Plants. Right: Protein Music-Treated Tomato Plants. (Photo Credit.)

Image being able to stimulate plant growth without having to use fertilizers. Think of the opportunities from setting up a couple of speakers in your greenhouse. His research did suggest that ultrasonic sounds did not have any noticeable effects on plant growth, but what if we were to combine ultrasonic and proteodie frequencies to fight off pests like spider mites while also stimulating plant growth?

I would be careful experimenting with your own garden using protein sounds as his research stated that if used improperly it could cause the plants to grow “unusually.” For more information about this topic, or to get in contact with Yannick Van Doorne here is his website: Electroculture and Magnetoculture.

Do you have any experience with this topic? If there was a product on the market that produced proteodie sounds specific to your crop, would you consider purchasing it? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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5 thoughts on “Music: The Grower’s Secret Weapon”

    1. Thank you for the comment! I just realized that Yannick’s “music for your plants” website does not exist any more. His other web sites are: http://www.electrocultureandmagnetoculture.com/ and for more up to date information (though it is in French): http://www.electroculturevandoorne.com/. As for your question, I would email Yannick directly, briefly let him know that you are interested in his work and then see what he has to say. I have written him before and he wrote back within a day or two. His email is:( yannickvd11@yahoo.fr ). I hope this helps, please let me know if he shares any interesting information.

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