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Does Talking To Your Plants Help Them Grow?

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Thursday, 27 July , 2017
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Is there any truth to the notion that talking to your plants will help them grow? The adage has been around for ages, and many people scoff at the idea. When Prince Charles revealed during a 1986 interview that he regularly talked to the plants in his garden, he was ridiculed by many throughout the world.

But there is some evidence that suggests there’s at least some truth to the idea that audible words do in fact have a positive effect on plants and their growth.

We’ll talk about it in this issue.

What evidence is there that plants respond to sound?

While there’s not a lot of data about the subject, there is some. One study in particular, conducted by scientists at South Korea’s National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, received quite a bit of press.

They proposed that two genes (rbcS and Ald) involved in a plant’s response to light are also stimulated by music played at 70 decibels – which is the typical level of a normal human conversation.

In that particular experiment, the scientists found that plants showed different responses to different frequencies of sound. In fact, the gene response showed more response as the frequency was increased.


Back in the U.S., producers of the hit show Mythbusters tried to find answers to whether or not plants react to human voices.

The team divided 60 pea plants into 3 greenhouse groups:

  • One was exposed to recorded voices of loving praise
  • Another was exposed to recorded voices of cruel insults
  • The third was exposed to no human voices

The two groups that were exposed to human voices showed positive growth, while the third (the one without exposure to voice) showed poor growth.

The Bottom Line

While good vibrations may – or may not – help your plants to grow, it’s a proven fact that giving your plants light, water and nutrition will.

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