This is the second update to our experiment on the best music for plant growth, where we’ll compare the measurements we took on day 7 to the ones we took on day 14. The table below highlights the progress of our plants, while the analysis below provides some more details and observations.

music for plants experiment - week 2 update
Date: February 29, 2019 | Days since starting the experiment: 14

Here’s how our plants did in the last week:

  Asplenium NidusFittonia AlbivenisEpipremnum AureumMaranta LeuconeuraCrassula OvataEchinocactus Grusonii
RockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControl
Day 7
(February 22)
Height777.5656.5899.578954.743.83.84
Leaf Count787691656569161618141313485956000
Plants3237109565435333111
Day 14
(February 29)
Height7.56.586.85.56.5998.578954.74.23.83.84
Leaf Count817994697173181819141414506055000
Plants3237119565335333111

Asplenium Nidus:

  • The Asplenium listening to rock music gained 0.5 inches in height and looks perkier than last Friday. It grew 6 new leaves but lost 3 and also has 3 yellowing ones.
  • The Asplenium listening to classical music grew 4 new leaves but lost 2 of the older, smaller ones. Surprisingly, even though it looks the happiest of them all, it lost 0.5 inches in height. Nevertheless, the leaves are firm and healthy.
  • The one in the in the control group also gained 0.5 inches in height and grew 5 new leaves, but lost 2 of the older ones. It also looks a bit sadder than the ones in the other two groups and started to get some brown tips here and there, even though air humidity levels were identical.

Fittonia Albivenis:

  • The one listening to rock music grew almost an inch in height (0.8 to be precise) and shows 4 new leaves. However, its leaves started to curl down a bit.
  • The Fittonia in the control group stayed at the same height, but also grew 4 new leaves and looks a bit healthier than last Friday.
  • The one listening to classical music grew half an inch in height and shows 6 new leaves. In addition, it also has one new baby perking up from the soil!

Epipremnum Aureum:

  • The Epipremnum in the control group unfurled one new leaf and its longest stem grew 0.5 inches in length.
  • The one in the classical music group is doing a bit better, with two new leaves popping up. However, its stem length stayed the same.
  • The pothos listening to rock music seems to be the happiest – it unfurled two new leaves and its longest stem grew 1.5 inches in length!
  • All of them are looking healthy and happy, with no yellowing leaves.

Maranta Leuconeura:

  • The prayer plant in the rock music group shows no changes whatsoever when compared to the measurements I took last Friday regarding the number of leaves or its stem length, but its leaves seem a bit softer than last week.
  • The Maranta listening to classical music unfurled one new leaf, but its stem length stayed the same. Its leaves are also a bit softer than before.
  • The one in the control group also grew one new leaf and, surprisingly, looks the healthiest and happiest of them all.

Crassula Ovata:

  • Surprisingly, the jade tree in the control group was the only one that showed growth in height – it gained 0.2 inches since last Friday. However, it also lost one leaf and all the remaining ones are a bit softer.
  • The crassula listening to classical music grew two new leaves and looks pretty healthy.
  • The one listening to rock music also grew two new leaves – it basically shows the same progress as the one listening to rock music.

Echinocactus Grusonii:

  • No changes since last week in any of the three specimens.

Conclusion

After another week of experiments, it seems that both rock and classical music promote healthy growth in most plants, although in some cases the plants in the control group are doing a bit better.

The progress between week 1 and week two is intriguing, to say the least. It’s still too early to reach a definitive conclusion regarding the best music for plant growth given these measurements, but I’m sure that, with time, a pattern will emerge.

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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