Studies on plants and music
In a series of intensive studies conducted by Dorothy Retallack of Denver, Colorado, demonstrated the impact of different types of music on a variety of potted plants. The experiments were controlled under strict scientific conditions, and the plants were kept in large, enclosed cabinets on wheels, in which light, temperature and air were automatically regulated.
Three hours per day with psychedelic rock (acid rock) played through a loudspeaker on the side of the chassis, preventing the growth and destroyed the squash plants, green plants and corn in less than four weeks.
Retallack played the music from two different radio stations in Denver for two groups of petunia. The two radio stations playing Rock music and classical music.
The newspaper “The Denver Post” reported:
Petuniaene who listen to Rock Music refused to flourish. Those who listened to classic music developed six beautiful flowers.
Towards the end of the second week, leaned petuniaene who were subjected to Rock Music in AWAY FROM the radio and showed uneven growth.
Petuniaene who listened to classic music leaned all TOWARDS SOUND. Within a month, all the plants that had been exposed to rock music died.
In another experiment, conducted over three weeks, Dorothy Retallack played the music of Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge to a group of beans, squash, Clematis and praktspragle, she also played an innovative, atonal pop music to another group, and, to check, she played nothing of a third group.
Within ten days you could see that the plants that had been exposed to Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge all leaned AWAY FROM THE SPEAKER. After three weeks they were shriveled and dying .
The beans that were subjected to the ‘new music’ leaning 15 degrees away from the speaker and had roots of medium size.
The plants that had been left in silence had the longest roots and grew the highest.
Furthermore, it was discovered that plants which they used to play quiet classical music not only grew two inches higher than the plants that were left in silence, but also actually leaning AGAINST SPEAKER.
All the plants that stood beside the rock music – leaning AWAY FROM HIGH VOICE – and tried to get away from music.
The plants that stood beside the classical music – leaning against the speakers – and actually tried to get closer to the music.
Finally, all the plants that stood beside the rock music died…