A blast of heavy metal 'boosts blooms': Study finds plants that listened to Black Sabbath had the best flowers (but those that listened to Cliff Richard all died)Flowers exposed to heavy metal had best flowers and resistance to diseasePlants exposed to 60s star Cliff Richard died

Daily Mail Reporter


23:18 GMT, 18 April 2013



06:33 GMT, 19 April 2013

Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw (pictured) told listeners that a diet of Black Sabbath was best for plants

Talking to your plants is supposed to be good for them.

But if you really want the best blooms, you should blast them with heavy metal music.

That’s the unlikely finding of a study by horticultural students who tested the effects of music on plants.

TV gardener Chris Beardshaw tells told Radio 4's Gardeners’ Question Time that a constant diet of Black Sabbath worked wonders – but plants exposed to Cliff Richard songs all died.

Panellist Beardshaw, who has also been a familiar face on BBC2’s
Gardener’s World over the years, said using rock music as a nutrient
appeared to create larger flowers.

And although the plants themselves
were shorter, they were 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.

said: ‘We had one greenhouse that was silent and we had one that was
played classical music, one that was played Cliff Richard and one that
was played Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath

Sir Cliff Richard

Ozzy Osbournes's (pictured left) BlackSabbath proved a winner in the green house compared to crooner Sir Cliff Richard (right)

‘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.

“It was alstroemerias we were growing and we bombarded these glasshouses with sound for the life of the plant.”

‘Those in the Cliff Richard house all died. Sabotage was suspected but we couldn’t prove it,’ he said.