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A View from The Bothy...

You Can Grow Your Own Way

It was reported way back in 2007 that a South Korean scientist called Mi-Jeong Jeong claimed that playing music – specifically Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ – helped speed the growth and blossoming of rice plants.

But while many of our customers enjoy listening to music as they introduce our plants to their forever homes, we have yet to see any scientific evidence that this actually encourages growth. It is thought that the vibrations created by the sound waves produce movement in the plant cells, which stimulates the plant to produce more nutrients.

Sounds feasible.

It seems to work with our staff too, as a walk across various sections of the nursery reveals an eclectic mix of musical tastes, depending of course on who might be working in a certain area on a certain day.

Out on the G beds you might well hear Classic Rock being belted out by Robert Plant or possibly Kate Bush singing about the ‘Flower of the Mountain’.

In the potting shed, with its whirring machinery and conveyor belts, the sounds tend to vary between Reggae and Heavy Metal, so Misty in Roots or Krokus could be helping with the potting.

In young plants they seem to have a liking for dance music from various artists, including Olive, while in the multi-span tunnels the radios seem to be tuned into mainstream pop stations, perhaps listening to the Hothouse Flowers or Lily Allen.    

In the administration offices, there is known to be a penchant for Progressive Rock in certain quarters; perhaps Peter Gabriel dressed as a flower and singing about lawnmowers and ‘The Return of the Giant Hogweed’?

But this hasn’t just been an excuse (as if one were needed) to roll out a list of horticultural music puns; Palmstead is fully licensed with PRS and PPL to play music, so it is always refreshing to hear the various team members enjoying listening to their favourite tunes while they work. And if in some small way that gives the plants a boost too, we’re all for it.

Please excuse us now, as we’re continuing with a project to pipe Handel’s ‘Water Music’ into the glasshouse…