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Plant tunes

There was a rush of plant-focused albums in the 1970s and we’re not really sure why.

The closest reason we can think of is that in 1973 Peter Tompkins’s book “The Secret Life of Plants” was published, and this, along with post-Summer of Love vibes, plants were really growing on people. The albums are awesome, but predominantly all ambient music made on Moog synthesisers. Play them to your plants or to yourself when you’re in need of plant love.

Mort Garson “Plantasia” (1976)

Featuring tracks like “Symphony for a Spider Plant” and “Ode to an African Violet”, this album is always on high rotation at PLB HQ. Original copies are super rare as they were only sold at a single Mother Earth store in Los Angeles, or given away for free with orders of Simmons mattresses from Sears. Thankfully, it has been rereleased.

Stevie Wonder “Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants” (1979)

This album is a far cry from “Superstition” but it’s certainly unique. Solange likes it, at least.


Roger Roger “De la Musique et des Secrets pour Enchanter vos Plantes” (1970)
(Music and Secrets to Enchant Your Plants)

We don’t know if this is par for the course from the prolific french film score composer and bandleader, but it’s pretty soothing.


Dr George Milstein “Music to Grow Plants” (1970)

The doctor looks right at home on the cover of this easy-listening gem, which curiously predates Tompkin’s book.


Baroque Bouquet “Plant Music” (1976)

Could this smooth jazz record make your plants grow happier? We say yes.


Hiroshi Yoshimura “Green” (1986)

Hiroshi Yoshimura was a pioneering Japanese musician and composer. Birds, running water and crickets put this album is up there with the best ambient records, as well as the best for plants.


More plants, more of the time, we say. Check our nursery finder to find your closest Plant Life Balance-accredited nursery.

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