Plants Need Music Too – Manila Newsletter

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Identify the musical behavior of plant heads

The chirping of birds, the beating of wings, the rustling of leaves, the brawls of the river, the chirping of crickets, the crackle of the fire and the whispers of the wind make up the whole of nature. This symphony orchestra plays for itself, a mechanism of the world for self-maintenance and, perhaps, indulgence.

Plants are amazing organisms. Although they do not have a central nervous system or brain cells, they are able to sense their surroundings. They perceive light, smell, touch, wind, gravity and are even sensitive to sound. Several studies prove that music helps plants grow faster. To be more precise, the vibrations of the sound waves produce movement in the plant cells, which stimulates the plant to process more nutrients.

But what about domesticated plants? Out of nature and in the concrete jungle, how can houseplants have access to nature’s beautiful songs? Apparently, the man’s music would do just fine.

Since last year, caring for plants has become one of the most popular hobbies for relieving people’s anxiety and boredom due to the pandemic. Everyone has spent a lot more time indoors due to lockdown and quarantine protocols. Indoor plants and their care have become a healthy pastime for homes everywhere, including the Philippines.

For those who may not know, popular media and audio streaming service provider Spotify has a dedicated plant playlist! Over the past year, streams for the playlist titled “Music for Plants” have climbed nearly 1,400%. A global survey by the digital music service found that 21% of plantitos and plantitas around the world have tried talking to their factories in the past year. Fortunately, none of the plants responded. At least for now.

Some songs in the playlist mimic the sound of nature, arranged so that people can enjoy them as well.

For listeners who may have developed a passion for plant parenting last year, the Music for Plants playlist is full of good vibes for our local foliage, as well as plant parents. The latest listening data and audience research from Spotify confirms how popular houseplants and their care have become over the past 12 months around the world.

This master playlist sends good vibes to plants, plantitos, and plantitas.

Listening data showed that morning is the most popular time for Spotify users to play audio on their plants from the playlist, and audience data revealed that one person in 10 (12%) worldwide have tried using audio content (music or podcasts) to care. for their plants in the past year, while one in five (21%) has spoken more to their houseplants.

Users of the app have also created their own plant playlists. An additional nugget of knowledge, some of the most popular houseplants that have seen playlists created for them around the world are jasmine, followed by ivy and vanda.

A quarter of those polled, or 28 percent to be precise, felt that taking care of plants made life more meaningful. One in four people in the world believe that they will pursue their passion for houseplants for a long time.

In the Philippines, more than 23% of those polled said they bought more houseplants in the past year because they were spending more time at home during the health crisis. Meanwhile, 18% said they were more proud of their factories than ever.

The Music for Plants playlist has gentle vibes for green leaves, green thumbs, and green ears, including carefully curated music and soundscapes to help encourage growth.

Over 2.9 million user-generated playlists on Spotify are related to gardening and plants. Popular choices that users have added to their own playlists include “Ivy” by Frank Ocean, “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine, “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” by SZA, “Here Comes the Sun (Remastered 2009)” by The Beatles, “Secret Garden” by Bruce Springsteen, “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson and “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac.

Streams of Mort Garson’s classic vegetable album from 1976 Plantasia of Mother Earth, which features tracks like “Symphony for Spider Plant” and “Concerto for Philodendron & Pothos,” is up more than 40% in 2021. Data also shows that the top five genres of plant music on the platform streaming audio include fourth world, pop art, background music, ambient rhythms and lo-fi.

Another takeaway from the survey is that green thumbs are extremely fussy. Consumers have named their playlists with the plants they use them for.



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