All You Need To Know About ‘Music For Plants’ – Score Short Reads

All You Need To Know About ‘Music For Plants’

A Barcelona opera house by the name of Gran Teatre del Liceu opened its doors in June, 2020, after a three-month long lockdown. The venue’s first concert post-lockdown turned out to be an exclusive performance for an audience of plants! The UceLi Quartret played for over 2,292 plants that occupied each seat of the theatre.

The concert was symbolic as the plants were later distributed to healthcare workers. But the question remains, can plants actually hear music?

When new-age thinking was reaching its peak in the 1970s, a book called The Secret Life of Plants supported the claim that playing music to plants can help in plant growth. Even before the book’s publication, an experiment by an Indian scientist in 1962 seemed to revolve around similar assumptions.

Playing Western classical music, Dr. T. C. Singh from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, discovered that the balsam plants grew an extra 20% in height and 72% in biomass. 

Similar observations were made when Indian classical ragas were played. He later experimented with other crops, and found that they grew 25% to 60% larger under the influence of the latter.

But how can plants respond to music (or any sound) when they possess no hearing organs? And yet a few experiments seem to conclude that plants do bear some response to sounds. 

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