How Music Influences Plant Growth

Do plants like music? You Had Me At Gardening has conducted an experiment on how classical & rock music affects plant growth and created the below infographic on the results. Information on the research methodology is available here.

How Music Influences Plant Growth

It’s generally well-accepted that music affects plant growth and health and we also know why:

  • Certain sound frequencies stimulate the movement of cytoplasm in the plants’ cells, which boosts metabolism and, therefore, growth.
  • Sound also influences the opening and closing of stomata – the tiny pores that act like primitive lungs on plants. Music helps a stoma stay open for longer, thus taking in more air and growing faster.
  • Some sound frequencies activate genes that speed up plant growth.

Further research on the type of music for plants and sound frequency concluded to the following results:

  • Classical music made plants grow better, bushier, and greener, with healthier stems.
  • Jazz music also accelerated growth and made plants fuller.
  • Heavy metal music, together with new age and Celtic tunes increase both plant mass AND fruit taste.
  • Country and western music for plants had no effects on development.
  • Noisy rock music damages plants in the same way excess water or heavy winds do.


  1. How amazing it is to know that music influences plants to such an extent that even the cells at molecular level behave according to the type of music. I would try playing music close my aquarium where I have housed several plants like java fern and anubias nana.
    Lets how well my fish tank become greener by combining music with other things.


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