Garden's for a Future

The Effects of Sound and an Electric Toothbrush on Plant Growth
January 17, 2011, 9:43 pm
Filed under: Patterns in Nature

Recently, I’ve been doing some research on various plants, tomatoes and lettuce, and have stumbled on some interesting ideas.

Lettuce is a vegetative plant that we eat while tomatoes go through a vegetative state followed by a fruiting stage. Tomatoes can self pollinate by the wind, but like most plants they do best with the aide of the noble bee.

So what’s the whole thing about sound and an electric toothbrush?

Well, we’re getting there. First things first, if bees are not present and you want that awesome tomato harvest, I’ve read about shaking your plants. This idea has been passed around about stressing plants so that they produce more fruit to ensure future generations.

I propose a different idea. Shaking a plant mimics the buzzing vibrations of bees and other pollinators. Likewise, people have used sound to promote or inhibit plant growth. Sound also make vibrations within the air that can also mimic the same frequency, pitch, and effect as pollinators. Ideas are going around for different reasons about sound that I’m unfamiliar with, but to me it’s the same as shaking the plant. Likewise, the electric toothbrush also mimics the buzzing and vibrations of such insects. Now imagine a whole hive of bees hovering around a tree or a tomato plant. It triggers a response in the plant to release pollen to begin the process of reproduction.

Let’s take a step back for a moment. Why and how would a plant know to release pollen based on vibrations. Well, this is how I see it. Plants and people are not that different. The human equivalent of pollen is sperm. Remember the song Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys? The vibrations of bees, sound, an electric toothbrush and shaking all excite the male flowers on a plant to release pollen. Do you see the similarity?

I’ll let you figure it out from here. That should the you enough information to figure it out.


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