To be fair, not all forms of electricity are beneficial to plants.  For example, I’d like to take a moment and share with you a snippet from a 2011 science report, “The effect of a direct electric current on the germination and growth of seeds of Phaseolus vulgaris, Raphanus sativby and Cucumis sativus and growth and development of seedlings of cultivar of Capsicum annuum” by Dinara Gabdrakhmanova and Celine Quissiny of University High School.

66kV AC Powerlines can be dangerous to plant health

“Some researchers found the negative effect of electrical plant stimulation. The Genetic and Cytology Department, part of the National Research Center of Egypt did an experiment on the effects of an extremely low frequency electric field on plant growth. An experimental model with field (50 Hz, 6 kV/m strength) and the high voltage transmission lines passing through an open agricultural field (50 Hz, 66 kV/11 m = 6 kV/m) were investigated on mitosis, meiosis and pollen grains viability in the wheat plant. The results indicated that the plants in both systems had a large number of chromosomal abnormalities and changes in the morphological characters, as the stem length increased but the spike weight and the number of grains in the spike decreased”.(1)


In this and in other studies, the effect of AC has been shown to be harmful to plant life, when both applied directly, or even from a distance, even many meters away.  In only a very narrow set of circumstances it has been found to be beneficial.

On the other hand, in the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i70_U4LPt88, the researcher Steven Magee explains that his houseplant that should normally have leaves the same size as his hand has much smaller leaves due to the presence of a cell phone tower close to his home.  Interestingly, by growing the plants directly connected to a 1.5VDC source, the plant growth was greatly improved!

Reference:

Hanafy, Magda S., Hanan A. Mohamed, and Elham A. Abd El-Hady. “EFFECT OF LOW FREQUENCY ELECTRIC FIELD ON GROWTH CHARACTERISTICS AND PROTEIN MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF WHEAT PLANT.” ROMANIAN J. BIOPHYS. 16.4 (2006): 253-71. Biophysicsnet.ro. Romanian Society of Pure and Applied Biophysics, Aug. 2006. Web. 25 Nov. 2010.

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  • If you were using the Earth battery system what would be the effects of a massive surge of natural energy on plants and seedlings?

    Would the huge solar storm of the 1859 Carrrington Event have harmed or only helped any electroculture plants?

    Was anyone involved in the electroculture scene lucky enough to have things in place to observe the effect of any recent large geomagnetic storms on plants being grown?

    • Keith

      As for plants, we are concerned with atmospheric electricity and earth currents. solar lumina change is minimal. Solar winds, cosmic rays, atmospheric electricity and earth currents is very a complex system.

      While I cant speak to earth currents, increased solar winds slow down or decrease the flux of incoming cosmic rays which drive relativistic muons and electrons to earth making earth ground. Theoretically that might lower atmospheric voltage and lower the number of lightning strikes, but then again magnetic flux changes and other phenomenon may have something else to say.

    • I’m not sure that we would have been able to detect such changes from a single event… not unless we could go back and perhaps and look at some before and after photos of perhaps some hyperspectral satellite imagery of the regions that may have been affected.