14 Jan Does music improve plant growth?
In a previous article, we saw that music has positive effects on the brain and therefore on human health. Plants being living beings, one could wonder if a few notes could potentially boost their growth.
Stomata react to music
Stomata are mouths that allow plants to breathe. The University of California at San Diego has discovered the mechanism that controls a plant’s stomata. A stoma is composed of two guard cells, tuned according to the resonance frequency of calcium. When exposed to this frequency, the stomata close.
However, if the frequency is not the right one, the stomata will reopen within an hour. This event occurs even if the concentration of calcium is sufficient to make the stomas close. In addition, experiments have shown that high-pitched tones are responsible for an increase in gas exchange for more than an hour.
Music boosts plant growth
Whether you have cannabis plants, tomatoes, zucchini or a baobab, know that you could improve the growth of your plants with music. Indeed, certain high-pitched music (or even bird songs) will make the plant vibrate at a different frequency than calcium. The stomata will therefore open instead of remaining closed. Tests have shown that fertilizers are more effective when the stomata are open, which seems logical. Plants absorb the fertilizer given to the leaves through the stomata when they are open.
However, this method should be used occasionally. Indeed, by opening the stomata could create dehydration if the plant is unable to control its moisture level due to excessive transpiration.
Pay attention to the sound volume
If the volume or frequency of the music is too high, you could damage your plants. This negative impact due to a too high frequency could be explained by the “shell resonance” technique. This will stimulate or inhibit protein synthesis in plants. Proteins, made up of amino acids, are synthesized by vibration. Since each acid has its own frequency, the protein should have its own unique frequency range.
To stimulate the growth of a plant, it would therefore be necessary to know the correct sequence of tones for each protein. Nevertheless, it is known that a plant contains auxin, a plant that allows the growth of cells and the formation of fruits. It is composed of only two amino acids, and when plants are allowed to vibrate to the sounds of the two adapted frequencies, the production of auxin is stimulated and allows for larger shoots.