Welcome to our first update to our experiment on the best music for plants growth. In this article, on Classical and Rock Music for Plant Growth, we’re going to compare the first measurements we took before starting the experiment with the second set of measurements taken one week later.

music for plants experiment - week 1
Date: February 21, 2019 | Days since we started the experiment: 7

Here is a summary of our findings.

Asplenium NidusFittonia AlbivenisEpipremnum AureumMaranta LeuconeuraCrassula OvataEchinocactus Grusonii
RockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControl RockClassicalControl
Day 1
(February 15)
Leaf Count786782645869151617131013496054---
Day 7
(February 22)
Leaf Count787691656569161618141313485956000

Asplenium Nidus:

  • All Aspleniums lost 2 leaves.
  • The Asplenium in the control group seems a bit unhappy – its leaves are not as erect and lost about an inch in height and suffered some leaf browning.
  • The Asplenium listening to rock music was the only one with a constant number of leaves overall and the only one that registered no leaf browning whatsoever.
  • The Asplenium listening to classical music was the happiest one, being the only one gaining one inch in height; however, it also registered some leaf browning.

Fittonia Albivenis:

  • The happiest Fittonia was the one listening to classical music – it grew 7 new leaves and 0.5 inches in height!
  • The Fittonia in the control group grew one inch in height but, weirdly enough, its leaf count stayed the same.
  • Rock music made its Fittonia grow half an inch in height and pop one new leaf – a bit better than the control group, but can’t really be compared to the one listening to classical music.

Epipremnum Aureum:

Epipremnum are giving us mixed messages when it comes to the best music for plant growth, as follows:

  • The one in the control group is doing best – it grew 0.5 inches in height and unfurled one new leaf.
  • The pothos listening to classical music grew one inch in length on its longest vine.
  • The one listening to rock music unfurled one new leaf but its vine length stagnated.

Maranta Leuconeura:

  • Prayer plants are giving us textbook results so far; after just one week, they more than confirm the theory that classical music makes plants thrive. The plant in the fancy group (classical music) registered a 0.5-inches growth on its longest vine and unfurled 3 new leaves – a new record!
    However, I noticed its leaves are a bit softer than before.
  • The one in the control group registered no changes from the first measurement, which is a bit weird.
  • The maranta listening to rock music unfurled one new leaf but seemed healthy and happy overall.

Crassula Ovata:

  • The jade trees are still adapting to their new environments; the one in the control group grew two new leaves, albeit small.
  • The jade trees listening to music lost one leaf each.

Echinocactus Grusonii:

  • No changes whatsoever – neither good nor bad.


Even though classical music seems to make plants thrive more than rock music, it also seems to promote leaf browning among plants that are sensitive to this (Aspleniums and Fittonias) according to what we noticed so far.

Stay tuned for our next update on music and plant growth!

Florina Ionescu
About the Author - Florina Ionescu

Hi! My name is Florina and I’ve been a plant junkie for 4 years now. I love nature, hiking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with my friends and my cat. I’m also very enthusiastic about the World Wide Web – I think it’s an amazing source of info and a great channel for communication.


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