So, over the last few years there's been quite a lot of chatter about our house plants and if they respond to certain household sounds and vibrations.
Think about where your plants sit in your home. Are they near your television or music speakers?
If the answer is yes, you won't be surprised to hear that certain noises and vibrations can actually help your plants thrive! Over the last few years, a lot of research has been carried out and the evaluation was that plants DO actually respond to sound.
One famous experiment, undertaken in 1973 showed that house plants respond differently to different types of music too. The experiment included all music genres from rock to chill out acoustic and the results came back that the plants responded most strongly to the chill out acoustic sounds. Some plants actually started to grow closer towards the speakers to get closer to the sound! Rock music on the other hand, hindered their development and many plants experienced a premature death. Sad huh? What's more, the experiment revealed that the plants preferred string instruments to drums and percussion.
In 2003, another experiment was conducted, this time, using sounds found in nature, such as streams babbling, waves softly coming onto the shore, birds singing. The experiment flagged up that the sound of water made the plants take in more oxygen, keeping them lush and green. So, from the research found, it seems that our plants really enjoy us playing chilled out, ambient music to them.
Not only do our plants respond when we take care of their aural environment, WE also benefit from showing a little love too. When we regularly tend to our plants, our brains release a relaxation hormone, allowing us to connect with the earth, feel more grounded and completely de-stress from head to toe. Many people feel that this experience is almost on the same level as practicing meditation.
So, next time you press play on your music system, have a little think as to what music you're going to play to your plants. Take care of them and they'll take really good care of you.