PLANT RAVE?  Not quite :)

PLANT RAVE? Not quite :)

PLANT RAVE?  Not quite 🙂 🙂  


Ok, so this is my 1st official post as “The newest member of the Bill & Bens team”.


My name is Luke Mcmillan and I have taken this job on as I have a thirst to learn about the hydroponics industry, learn some minor gardening tips (which I’m sure will expand over time) & to learn about the art of self sufficiency (I moved to a house with a big garden last year & would like to learn some things I could do with that space.)


This will be a  second job for me, as I have been a professional Dj since 1992 & recording artist since 1994, performing and recording as The Dj Producer with over 200 12”” releases, 4 artist albums & countless CD / DJ mixes, it is fair to say that I’ve created quite a lot of music & travelled the world extensively to perform , in some cases, to audiences who spoke a different language than me , leaving the music as our only form of communication!


Let’s just think about that for a moment,shall we?


Music is sensory, It only requires that you are a physical entity made of water in order to feel its transmission.

Yes I said feel, you may be surprised to learn that even deaf people can enjoy music, dance music especially, or music with a low frequency that can be “felt” as much as heard. Because sound is a series of waves which all have various frequencies,some of these vibrate at frequencies which plants react too, they are made of water too after all.


There have been many studies into the effect of music on plants and plant growth.  I read something about gardeners in Colorado who experimented with different types of plant, exposing them to different genres of music over a controlled period.

They  found that Rock music had a very adverse effect, making the plants deteriorate and often die after a couple of weeks. Alternatively, plants did really well when exposed to classical music. Another example is experiments performed by a Canadian university, these subjected a crop to high frequency vibrations.  The resulting doubling of the growth rate of the crop! Is astounding.This suggests that plants like high frequencies.


From these basic facts, and calling on my studio knowledge, this is all about the Frequency transmitted and how the plants physically respond. Soundwaves flow outwards from the soundsource & penetrate anything in its path, and bass frequencies do tend to travel further.


It seems pretty clear to me that anything with a heavy low frequency is to be avoided. Plants just don’t like bass it seems , however music that sits more in the upper, high frequency range seems to be more conducive to plant growth rates.It appears therefore that these higher frequencies can to a degree help promote plant growth, classical music is a great example of the type of frequency ranges that may do this.

For a more futuristic approach, I’m pretty sure Ambient House would have the same effect as Classical music , just as long it’s not too bass heavy.


There is no real hard fact-based evidence that shows playing music to plants can help them grow.  To know this, extensive comparative tests would have to be conducted, this would have to include a control. But there is nothing wrong with making your environment more enjoyable, happy growers equals happy plants right?


Another angle on this, could be that happy growers listening to music they like, makes the grower happier and this therefore means that they look after their plants better?


What I do know is, I won’t be playing any of my own music to the plants here any time soon, as my bass velocity would kill them all stone dead (and my bosses wouldn’t be very happy with me!) — That is a FACT 🙂 🙂


Luke Mcmillan.