Garden Tunes

I tend to wake up at 5 a.m. brew a cup of Joe, load some  tunes while I provide some quality TLC to my plants.

I’ve always done this and was surprised when I bumped into the literature of Luther Burbank an American botanist and horticulturist. Burbank inspired by the work of Charles Darwin’s The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, published in 1868, studied how plants react when removed from their natural habitat.

His practices consisted on talking to his plants, he attributed approximately 20 sensory perceptions to plants.

How is the possible?

Sound is transmitted in the form of waves that travel through a medium, such as air or water. As the sound travels it causes the particles in the medium to vibrate. Plants do not “hear” the music. They feel the vibrations of the sound wave.

Vibrations picked up by the plant accelerate the protoplasmic movement in the cells. This stimulation then effects the system and may improve performance, such as the manufacture of nutrients that develop a stronger and better plant.

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