A blast of Black Sabbath makes plants bloom, says radio gardener

Black Sabbath

From The Guardian:

Garden guru Chris Beardshaw is recommending a new technique for bigger blooms – blast your plants with heavy metal.

The broadcaster and gardening expert reveals on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time on Friday that a constant diet of Black Sabbath worked wonders on a greenhouse full of plants, but exposure to Sir Cliff Richard killed every plant in a horticultural experiment.

Black Sabbath, led by singer Ozzy Osbourne, are seen as pioneers of heavy metal with tracks such as Iron Man and Paranoid. Beardshaw says using rock music as a nutrient appears to create larger flowers and they are more disease-resistant.

The test came about because one of his horticultural students wanted to write a dissertation based on the effects of music on plants.

“We had one that was silent – that was a control house – and we had one that was played classical music, we had one that was played Cliff Richard and we had one that was played Black Sabbath.

“The one that was grown with classical music — a soft, almost a caressing of the plant when it is hit with that sort of soundwave — those grew slightly shorter because of the soundwaves bombarding them and were slightly more floriferous and there was slightly less pest and disease.

“And the ones with Black Sabbath — great big, thumping noise, rowdy music — they were the shortest, but they had the best flowers and the best resistance to pest and disease.

“The alstroemerias in the Cliff Richard house all died.”

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