Is your lavender plant looking a little limp? Is it beginning to show signs of age or simplyjust not springing back into life as much as you expected this year? Obviously there are many causes and many different remedies for a lifeless lavender, but after you’ve tried all the usual suspects (checking that the roots aren’t waterlogged, making sure that you haven’t been a touch overenthusiastic with the secateurs when pruning and also ensuring that there aren’t any little beasties using your lavender for lunch) then maybe it’s time to think a little more out of the box. How about trying playing your lethargic lavender a little music?
There has long been controversy around whether playing music to plants actually make any difference to them at all, and we are still yet to arrive at a definitive answer. However a study by Mi-Jeong Jeong of the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in Suwon, South Korea seems to show that music made certain genes (in this case rice plants) in the plant that control growth, more active.
As much as this may seem like fantasy there is the possibility of some hard core science behind these claims. As sound is created from a pulse wave which creates areas of high and low pressure, it is possible that these changes in air pressure may have an effect on plants (as we already know that plants respond to both wind speed and direction).
So does it matter what music you play to your plants? In Jeong’s study he ascertained that it sounds between 125 Hertz and 250 Hertz has the most positive effect on the plant’s growth, whereas sounds below 50 Hertz actually had a negative effect on growth. However if you’re record collection isn’t arranged by Hertz, then what does this actually mean? Most research has shown that classical music has had the best (albeit often anecdotal) effect on plants and in Jeong’s study he concluded that Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata had the optimum effect.
However we can’t help thinking that maybe something a little more lavendery might be appropriate – so how about a little something from Nigel Hess’s gorgeous score (including full symphony orchestra and solo violin) from the 2004 film Ladies in Lavender perhaps?
Let us know if a little lavender inspired music has helped your lavender plants spring into life this year. Contact us via http://www.jerseylavender.co.uk/contact/ and let us know!