Spring is here and it’s time to start growing plants. Here’s the best music for them.

Decades ago it was revealed that plants grew better when you talked to them. Nothing mystical about this. If you’re up close to the plant, you’re spewing carbon dioxide on them as you speak. From there, photosynthesis takes over. Makes sense, right?

But what about plant growth and music? This has been debated for a while. According to another British commercial masquerading as a survey (the Brits are very good at this), the best genre for healthy plants is pop running at 114 BPM and lasting for four minutes. The conclusions come from looking at 100 playlists specifically designed for plants.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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