Welcome to the third update to our experiment on the best music for plants growth! Today, we’re going to compare the measurements I took at the end of the third week of experimenting with plants and music, to the ones I took at the end of the second week.

The table below shows the measurements I took on the 14th and 21st day of experimenting. For a detailed analysis of this data, scroll down to the end of this article.

experiment: effects of music on plants - week 3
Date: March 8, 2019 | Days since starting the experiment: 21

Here’s the takeaway on music and plant growth after the third week of our experiment:

  Asplenium NidusFittonia AlbivenisEpipremnum AureumMaranta LeuconeuraCrassula OvataEchinocactus Grusonii
RockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControlRockClassicalControl
Day 14
(February 29)
Height7.56.586.85.56.5998.578954.74.23.83.84
Leaf Count817994697173181819141414506055000
Plants3237119565335333111
Day 21Height7.56.57.56.85.56.5999.57.58.59554.5444
Leaf Count8081102717173181820151414526260000
Plants3237119565335333111

Asplenium Nidus:

  • Surprisingly, the Asplenium in the control group had a great week: although it lost about 0.5 inches in height and lost 3 leaves, it grew a staggering 11 new ones, bringing the total to 8 more than last week. However, it does have a few dried out tips and yellowing leaves.
  • The plant in the classical music group is doing alright, it grew 3 new leaves and only lost one, which is better than the 2 it lost during the previous week. I also noticed dried out tips on some of its older leaves.
  • The bird’s nest fern listening to rock music had a rough week: it lost 4 leaves and only grew 3 new ones. It also has some dried out tips and a few yellowing leaves.

Fittonia Albivenis:

  • The fittonia listening to rock music grew two new leaves and looks healthy and happy.
  • The one in the classical music group didn’t grow any new leaves, a surprising first for these plants and for our experiment.
  • The nerve plant in the control group grew two new leaves, but also lost two smaller, older ones.
  • No changes in plant height in either of the three plants.

Epipremnum Aureum:

  • The pothos plants also mostly stagnated this week: the only difference I’ve noticed was with the one listening to rock music, which grew one new leaf.

Maranta Leuconeura:

  • The longest stems on the prayer plants listening to rock and classical music grew half an inch each.
  • The one listening to rock music also unfurled one new leaf during the past week.
  • The one in the control group registered no changes regarding its stem length or number of leaves.

Crassula Ovata:

  • The jade tree listening to rock music was the only one to lose two leaves, but also grew 4 new ones during the last week.
  • The one in the classical music group grew two new leaves and also got a bit taller, growing 0.3 inches in height.
  • The one in the control group also grew with around 0.3 inches in height, lost one leaf, but popped up 6 new ones.

Echinocactus Grusonii:

  • The cacti listening to music grew with around 0.2 inches during the last week, while the one in the control group stagnated.

Conclusion

After another week of this experiment, it’s starting to get quite clear that music does, indeed, influence plant growth. Although for most of the plants classical music seems to do the trick, some of them (the jade tree, for example) seem to respond better to rock music, while others are much happier with complete silence.

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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