Technology developed by Dan Carlson, a research scientist from Minnesota, has yielded a novel system for growing abundant produce. Patented as Sonic Bloom, it nourishes plants through their leaves to the accompaniment of a special sound.

While studying plant physiology during the 1960s, Carlson was struck by the idea that certain sound frequencies might help a plant breathe better and absorb more nutrients.

He began experimenting with various frequencies until, with the help of an audio engineer, he found a frequency in the 3,000 to 5,000 Khz range that was consonant with sound of early-morning bird chirping. This sound, he believed, would help plants open wider their stomata, or mouth-like pores.

On every leaf there are thousands of such small openings. Each stomata -- less than 1/1000 th of an inch across -- allows oxygen and water to pass out of the leaf, or transpire, while other gases, notably carbon dioxide, move in to be transformed by photosynthesis into sugars. During dry conditions, the stomata close to prevent a wilting plant from drying out completely.

Photomicrographs show plant stomata opening wider to Carlson's frequencies, while a Philips 505 Scanning Electron Microscope shows substantially higher stomata density on a leaf treated with Sonic Bloom; additionally, the individual stomata are more developed and better defined.

As stomata normally imbibe the morning dew, sucking up nutrients in the form of free flowing trace elements, why not, thought Carlson, develop a special organic spray to apply to the leaves along with the sound that induces stomata to open.

Even in poor soil, Carlson reasoned, plants could be well-nourished with a foliar spray containing the right combination of elements. To develop such an effective nutrient solution took Carlson 15 years of trial and error, experimenting in labs throughout the country.

Carlson needed to find not only what elements serve to make a plant flourish; he needed to find their proper balance. Just the right amount of Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus is needed. To find the proper balance required endless testing with radioactive isotopes and Geiger counters to trace the elements' translocation from leaves to stems to peaks to roots. Among the first natural substances used was Gibberilic acid, naturally derived from rice roots, and needed by every living plant.

Eventually Carlson included sixty-four trace elements derived from natural plant products and from seaweed; he also added chelated amino-acids and growth hormones, altering the surface tension of the water base to make it more easily absorbed. The end result was Sonic Bloom.

As a test for his brain-child, Carlson induced a common household purple passion vine (Cynura sp), which normally grows no longer than 18 inches -- to wind its way, room to room, throughout his Minnesota home, until it reached a length of 600 feet, stimulating researchers from The Guinness Book of Records to verify the fact and include the unique phenomenon in their 1976 edition. But that was only the halfway mark; over the next few months the vine grew another 600 feet.

Further tests showed that even without the special sound, a plant leaf can absorb 300 percent more Sonic Bloom than any other foliar spray, but when accompanied by Carlson's special frequency, the absorption and translocation rate of nutrients rises to an amazing 700 percent -- far more than a plan could possibly absorb through its roots. The result is earlier maturity, greater yields, improved taste, more nutrition, and longer shelf life.


-- Agri-Alternatives, July-August, 1998


The most important thing today's farmer can do, is to protect their land for future generations. The soils of today are not the soils are grandfathers farmed. Farming methods have gotten more aggressive to produce the quantities of crops needed to feed the world and allow today's farmer to survive.

There are many new farming practices and techniques that can produce good crop results. Whether or not they are good for the environment is at times, questionable. And then there's the question of cost to keep these lands productive.

There are many new environmentally friendly products and practices that today's farmer needs to learn more about and start using to ensure a safe environment for their family and the future.

One of the leading products available today is Sonic Bloom, an organic plant growth system. It is sound aiding in the absorption of an organic foliar nutrient. Twenty years in development and testing by farmers from all around the world. Sonic Bloom is a proven alternative to standard methods.

First, let's look how Sonic Bloom came into being. Dan Carlson, the inventor of Sonic Bloom, witnessed starvation while serving in Korea in the 60s. Witnessing this had a profound impact on him to where he entered the University of Minnesota to study plant breeding with his ultimate goal of finding a way to help the world feed itself.

Spending many hours of research in the university library, he discovered an article written in the 1930's that said sound can help plants breathe better.

He thought if plants could breathe better with the aid of sound, they should be able to absorb more nutrients also. He developed a sound unit and began experimenting with a purple passion plan that normally grew to 18" and lived for 18 months. Within 6 months, it grew to a length of over 600 feet and was listed for over 10 years in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest indoor plant. It lived for 19 years and grew to over 1,325 feet long.

Knowing the importance of his discovery, Dan worked over the next fifteen years to develop the perfect foliar feed to work with this sound phenomenon, and today has the only foliar nutrient to work with the sound for all plants and trees.

Through radio-active isotope uptake studies, the Sonic Bloom system has been shown to allow plants to accept up to 714% update and translocation of these nutrients through leaves.

Today Sonic Bloom is patented in 35 countries and being used by progressive farmers around the world who care to preserve and improve their lands and environments for the future.

Dan is and has worked with farmers around the world to help them develop their farming practices in an environmentally friendly way. He has helped grow corn in the extremely hot weather of the Sudan, the over-used land in Israel, trees in China, the unusual climates of Australia and New Zealand . . . as well as many other areas including the United States and Canada with a wide variety of crops.

These farmers are reporting things like Australian grape growers who are getting 60-100 percent increases in yields while increasing their brix levels to record highs . . . 5,000 acre Mexican fruit and vegetable grower got 137 bushels of soybeans per acre . . . Midwest apple grower who doubled his crop for the last eight years while his apples that he tested showed 750% more zinc, 400% more copper, 300% more chromium, and 126% increase in potassium. And the list goes on.

The sound generator played on the field, creates an acoustic energy at certain discrete, complete frequencies and varied energy levels. When properly applied, this sonic excitation stimulates plant metabolism at the cellular level, resulting in a greatly increased foliar uptake rate of moisture and nutrients . . . an effect which is quickly reflected in root growth, seed germination activity, and plant growth and production.

The second part of the system of equal importance is the organic nutrient formula, which is most effective when applied to the leaves of plants and trees as a fine spray or to seeds as a carefully-timed soak.

Among its more remarkable properties as reported by Sonic Bloom users, it stimulates plant growth more effectively than any other known agent . . . dramatically increases fruiting production . . . strengthens the plants' natural immune system to greatly increase resistance to infections, diseases . . . stimulates the genetic memories of growing cells to produce dynamic adaptations to unfavorable environmental factors . . . increases the nutrient value and protein content of food plants . . . and enhances natural flavor.

One of the major shortcomings of the application of other foliar sprays is the fact that the plants absorb a very small amount of the spray at the time of application and therefore, are very costly to use. By activating the sound generators prior to applying the foliar nutrient, and then simultaneously applying both, the plants treated with Sonic Bloom absorb and translocate up to 714% more nutrients than the control plants. The time is right for all good farmers and growers to expand their horizons, and look to the new organic environmentally friendly products for their crops and lands, their families, and the future of agriculture.