Playing music as a way to help plants grow is an idea that first gained popularity in the 1970s after the publication of the book, The Sound of Music and Plants, by Dorothy Retallack. Retallack did various experiments in order to find out the effect of what happens if you play plants music. She experimented with the length of time that music was played and also attempted to discover the style of music plants like most.
Dorothy Retallack’s experiments took place at the Colorado Women's College in Denver and involved three Biotronic Control Chambers. She placed plants in each chamber and played the plants music and sounds through speakers. In one series of early experiments she played the note F for extended periods of time, but most of her later focus was on the effects of different styles of music.