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Is PlantWave Fake? Or Is It Legit? [Debunking Internet Mystery]

The Internet is flooding with scams about a weird device called PlantWave on whether it is fake or real that can detect the sounds coming from your plants.

PlantWave is not a fake that most claim it to be, but people are exaggerating its use. The device converts the changes in the electrical charges that occur inside the plant cells into music. However, these changes include the plant’s own cellular activities.

The use of the device and its outcome have generated so much confusion that it has given rise to an internet hoax.

However, if you want to clear up the confusion, follow the article to learn more about PlantWave and its use!

Is PlantWave Fake Or Real? [Busting The Hoax]

PlantWave is a real machine that was developed by Data Garden in 2019, which is a zero-waste record label company that produces digital albums.

Additionally, Joe Patitucci and Alex Tyson are the founders of the Data Garden.

The idea of PlantWave came to Patitucci’s mind in 2012 when he was working at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Image illustrates the use of PlantWave device
Change in the electrical charges takes place inside plant cells that are detected by the device.

With the help of engineer Sam Cusumano, Patitucci, with his team, made the first prototype of PlantWave.

This would allow people to interact with the plants with the help of music. 

According to Joe Patitucci, PlantWave uses sonification, which converts non-auditory data into sound.

The device uses non-auditory data from plants to convert into audible sounds for human ears.

PlantWave is actually a modified version of MIDI Sprout, the first consumer-based product from Data Garden, that uses sensors to translate the plant’s data into sound.

Hence, Patitucci and his team employed the sonification technology from the MIDI Sprout to create a more user-friendly version of this technology, resulting in PlantWave.

However, the sounds are not the plants speaking themselves, as what the internet is bamboozled about.

What Is The Science Behind PlantWave Machine?

All the plants produce non-audible sounds, but PlantWave converts this data into loud sounds that are enough for human ears to hear.

Plants produce electrical resistance or charge from their cells in the leaves, which is the outcome of the plant’s daily activities or stress.

However, humans cannot hear these sounds as they are difficult to hear and below our normal hearing range.

Hence, PlantWave has two electrodes that detect the changes in the electrical conductivity or resistance of the cells in the leaves, and a synthesizer in the device converts these signals into music. 

In the words of Joe Patitucci, “I aspire to use this digital technology to get the slight senses, feelings, and institutions from the surrounding world.” 

However, you would need a PlantWave app along with the device to hear this bizarre plant music.

Furthermore, this app allows users to choose and hear a variety of sound sets from plants, creating different moods or atmospheres.

Pros & Cons Of Using PlantWave

The idea behind the PlantWave and other similar technologies came first by using lie detectors in the plants to get any response from them.

As to their surprise, the plants could respond to the transitions in the room, and the machine would detect this change in the form of wave change!

Since then, the technology has come far away, and now PlantWave has its own business market worldwide.

Pros of Using PlantWave

Some of the advantages of using PlantWave are as follows.

  • The device lets you better understand your plant’s requirements by listening to its music or sounds.
  • It helps you to understand the complex biological process that is happening inside your houseplants. 
  • People also use PlantWave to calm their minds, as the sounds help them to relax and meditate.
Image illustrates the calming effect of plant music in meditation
Music by plants can create a soothing effect on your brain.

Cons of Using PlantWave

PlantWave also has some disadvantages of its own.

  • PlantWave only allows you to hear the distress from your plants, but you must take care of your plants on your own.
  • Further, PlantWave cannot always accurately predict the needs of your plants.
  • With an estimated cost of around $100-$300 and a subscription to the PlantWave app, this device is expensive.

From Editorial Team


Overall, PlantWave is a unique device that lets you connect with your houseplants in an innovative way.

As this device is based on sound and science, it helps you to create a sound and relaxing atmosphere indoors from plants.