CALIFORNIA STATE SCIENCE FAIR
2005 PROJECT SUMMARY
LeeAnn A. Patrick
Good Vibrations: How Does Music Affect Plant Growth?
My objective was to find out if music affected plant growth and if so, how?
First I ordered 50 fast plant seeds for the experiment. Then I built four boxes out of plywood and I fitted
sound proof foam insulation. I planted the fast plant seeds in black planters and put together the reservoirs
for watering. I put a planter and reservoir in each box with a CD player out front and headphones inside
with the plants. Everyday for twenty days I checked on the plants and recorded their growth.
Silence grew the best and healthiest followed by spoken word (Harry Potter). Classical music (Vivaldi
concertos) ended up just under spoken word. Bringing up the rear was a very small and unhealthy plant
that was 'listening' to heavy metal and (harsh) world music (Mudvayne and Rammstein).
From my twenty days of information gathering I have drawn the conclusion that all music/spoken word
affects plant growth negatively. Some plants were affected more negatively than others. So I can just
repeat an old saying, 'Silence is golden.'
Discovering how music and spoken word affect plant growth.
Mother helped take photos and set up board; Father helped build boxes and set up project; Got advice
from my science teacher, Mr. Kinsella.