Women gardeners’ voices speed up growth of tomato plants much more than men’s,
In an experiment run over a month, they found that tomato plants grew up to
two inches taller if they were serenaded by the dulcet tones of a female
rather than a male.
Colin Crosbie, Garden Superintendent at RHS, said: “We predicted that the
male voice would be more effective but it turned out that the ladies were
far better than the gentlemen.
“We just don’t why. It could be that they have a greater range of pitch
and tone that affects the sound waves that hit the plant. Sound waves are an
environmental effect just like rain or light.”
To ensure the experiment was fair, two control plants were also
left to grow in silence.
The results showed that women on average saw their plants rise by an inch on
their male counterparts. Some men were so bad that their plants actually
grew less than a plant that was left completely alone.