A story in the British newspaper the Telegraph reports that women gardeners’ voices speed up growth of tomato plants more than men’s.
Interestingly, the tomato that grew the fastest over the month-long trial by the Royal Horticulture Society belonged to Sarah Darwin, great-great granddaughter of botanist Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution revolutionized science.
She read passages from “On the Origin of Species” to her tomato. “Her plant grew nearly two inches taller than the best performing male and half an inch higher than her nearest competitor,” the story says.
The experiment began in April at Wisley in Surrey. A variety of voices were selected to play to 10 tomato plants. “Every plant was played a voice through headphones connected to the plant pot, and the conditions for all the plants remained the same throughout the experiment. To ensure the experiment was fair, two control plants were also left to grow in silence.”
The story also reports: “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.”