The Story of Sonic Bloom and its history.
You can watch several Sonic Bloom videos
products directly from the inventor, Dan Carlson. Dan uses a combination
of sound and foliar spray in his Sonic Bloom invention. However, the
sound is the primary component, as he himself admits in some of his
videos. Dan uses a sound frequency of 4 to 5 kilohertz, which is about
where the majority of morning birds sing. Dan also uses variable frequencies
in his invention which is what birds do in their short, chirpy bursts.
From the U.S. Patent 4,680,889 dated July 21, 1987:
"While the growth
promoting material [the Sonic Bloom foliar spray] is present on the
plant, the plant is subjected to sound waves of high frequency. The
sound waves may be produced in any manner, for example, sound recordings
or sound generating devices. The sound may be of a frequency of 4
to 6 kilohertz, preferably 4.7 to 5.3 kilohertz. The sound waves may
be of a constant frequency; however, use of a variable frequency is
preferred. "The volume of the sound waves in the present invention
may be at least 115 decibels, preferably 115 to 120 decibels. The
duration of sound treatment is at least 15 seconds, preferably about
30 seconds to 30 minutes."
and plants. A quick search on the net about plants and music will
quickly turn up a myriad of articles all pretty much espousing the same
thing: plants shrivel and die if exposed to non-stop Rap or Heavy Metal,
but blossom and bloom when exposed to Bach, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and
classical Indian Sitar music....Plants do seem to grow better with music
than without, the current thinking being that sound tends to excite
plant tissue on a molecular level which causes the plant to regenerate
and grow bigger roots and leaves which aids in nutrient and photosynthetic
absorption, etc. But apparently only to a point. Loud sonic vibration
can permanently damage cell membranes.
Expectations: Vines May Love Vivaldi. While sound has long been
thought to influence plant growth, this is the first time anyone has
investigated the effects of music outdoors on Sangiovese vines, which
are best known for producing grapes that go into Tuscany's famous Chiantis.
The effect of sound on plants apparently depends on frequency, intensity
and exposure time. In 2001, Chinese researchers found that low-frequency
sound...activates enzymes, increases cell-membrane fluidity and promotes
DNA replication and cell cycling. The owner powers the sound on his
24-acre estate with a 20-Gb iPod in a wooden shed which is tied to 15
and physiological changes to vegetables using sound. The
effects of two different sonic exposures on two vegetables, namely Chinese
cabbage and cucumber at two growth stages, including seedlings and mature
plants were investigated. Both sonic exposures caused significant elevations
in the level of polyamines (PAs) and increased uptake of oxygen O2 in
comparison with the controls.
Foliar spray ingredients.
The ingredients in the Sonic Bloom foliar spray are gibberellic acid,
(a known plant hormone used since the 50's to increase fruit size, bloom
size, and speed seed germination) some chelated minerals, seaweed extract,
and Basic H detergent. From the U.S. patent:
"A process for treating
plants comprising wetting the plant with a growth promoting aqueous
solution comprising 0.1 to 200 plants per million gibberellin, one
troy ounce per gallon chelated proteinacious material, 1/16 to 4 tablespoons
per gallon seaweed extract, 0.04 to 1 liquid ounce per gallon lignite
"The growth promoting
chemicals used in the present invention may include gibberellin, preferably
of the type A-3. The chemicals may be dissolved in water which preferably
is free of detrimental chemicals such as cholorine and fluorine. The
gibberellin may be present in the solution in an amount of between
0.1 to 200 parts per million by weight. The preferred level is 0.5
to 100 parts per million."
"The solution may
include other materials which are beneficial to the plants. For example,
derived proteinaceous materials such as amino acid chelated materials
may be fed to the plants using the present process. Illustrative of
such amino acid chelated materials are the Metalosates.RTM. trace
minerals from Albion Laboratories. These chelated proteinaceous materials
are growth promoting. The proteinaceous materials may be used at a
level of 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons per quart, preferably 1 troy
ounce per gallon."
"The growth promoting chemicals in the present invention may
include seaweed extract. Illustrative of the sources of extract are
seaweed of the types Ascophyllum nodosum, Fucus vesiculosus and Fucus
serratus. A detailed discussion of production and conventional use
of such seaweed extract is found in "Seaweed in Agriculture and
Horticulture," by W. A. Stephenson. Seaweed extract is commercially
available under the designation Maxicrop.TM. seaweed extract. The
seaweed extract may be used as an aqueous solution including 1/2 teaspoon
to 4 tablespoons per gallon, preferably 1 tablespoon per gallon."
"The growth stimulating
solution may include a detergent to facilitate uniform spreading of
the solution on the plant, e.g. foliage. The detergent desirably is
biodegradable. A commercially available suitable detergent is Basic
H.RTM.. The detergent may be used at a level of 1/4 ounce per gallon.
farm using Sonic Bloom. Sonic Bloom in Australia.
Brave new waves.
How it works from a user.
Green Acres Variety article.
of using filtered sunlight, enhanced carbon dioxide, and nutrients together
with Sonic Bloom. Long thread
on a forum with various testimonials. Another Sonic Bloom aficionado
testimonial. Vegetables pictures
using Sonic Bloom. A business plan to produce bio-diesel
fuel in Northeast Wyomin using Sonic Bloom. A small farm
using Sonic Bloom.
Sample sounds. The
dual-frequency version. Sample tune
with "whistler" music to mask the raw sound.
Other notes. Birds
sing 1-2 hours before sunrise which is when the sonics should be turned
on. In nature plants are around natural sounds all day long. But these
all day nature sounds are mellow, not like the crazy bird calls in early
morning or after a rain storm.
Mostly mineral nutrients
do not go through the stomates. Roots are well-designed for taking up
minerals, but leaves aren't, although they can absorb a little. Leaves
are good at absorbing light and CO2.
There is the problem of the
water loss/carbon dioxide gain balance. Opening the stomates farther
than normal may leave a lot of dry plants, at which point nutrients
would not be necessary. Or maybe what we have here is a simple air humidity
or irrigation effect, something well known to increase growth under