In the next fifty years, so claim the experts, the world’s population will stand somewhere between 11 and 14 billion people. These estimates are shocking enough before you even consider the sad fact that, at the current 5.5 billion level, the globe is already overcrowded with Homo Sapiens.

There is definite correlation between animal life and plant life on this planet Earth to which not enough attention is directed. Simply put, more animals equate to less plants. And no other species of animals has emasculated plant populations with the vigor and disrespect than our very own. In a short span of no more than one-half million years, we have turned great forests into deserts, cleared vegetation from billions of acres of once pristine land, caused the extinction of countless plant species and turned immeasurable hectares of rich soil into nonproductive and unusable wasteland.

To add salt to these wounds, we are now faced with a global dilemma where the median age of many third world nations is an incredible 15, the United States is approaching a total people count that matches what the entire world population was just 1,000 years ago, and older folk face extended longevity while younger ones make more babies. It is no surprise that population statistics have nowhere to go but up—and way up!

Even if we take great pains to curb the rate of population growth and are successful in our pursuit, there will still be almost twice as many people on this planet by the year 2043—a terrible thought when you consider how overcrowded many of us feel right now. It’s analogous to the national debt—sometimes things get so immense there’s no stopping them. In their near infinite expansion, they begin to progress almost geometrically, consume everything around them, and eventually become insolvable and uncontrollable. In astronomy, a black hole would fit this description to a tee. Getting back to Earth, the national debt and population explosion fit the description just as well (or should we say just as horribly?). But let’s concentrate on population because that’s what much of this story is about (it’s about tomatoes too—we’ll get to that in a moment).

We cannot feed all our billions now. How do we feed two or three times the current number on a planet whose size is fixed, whose land mass has a better chance of shrinking than expanding, whose soil is becoming more and more tainted, eroded and worthless, and whose trees, which help make the soil and air rich, are disappearing faster than humans reproduce? Obviously with less usable land and more mouths to feed we must find dramatic ways to increase our harvests. Admittedly, researchers and agronomists have made significant progress in the last 50 years, but will have to become "Houdinis" in the next 50 to keep up with the nutritional needs of a highly progenitive and consuming species.

Not all may be that dim, however, Advances in genetics, agronomy and plant sciences have accelerated and undoubtedly will abate the potential severity of the picture just painted. Research is discovering much more about plant life as it is about all aspects of our world and the universe which surrounds it. And one of the most striking discoveries about plants is that they appear to like music which, after an admittedly long introduction, brings us to the crux of this discourse.

Sonic Bloom – Well, it may not be music specifically but plants appear to be affected by high sound frequencies characteristically transmitted by many musical sounds. Dan Carlson, researcher, plant breeder, and nut farmer, started experimenting on the effects of high frequency sound on plants over 20 years ago. It was hinted in a few textbooks even then, that the vibratory force of certain sonic frequencies allowed plants to "breathe" better and increased their ability to absorb more minerals and nutrients necessary for optimum growth. Sound affected the stomata, tiny holes or pores on the leaf surface, primarily located on the underside of each leaf. Not much more was known at that time, however, so Carlson spent several years experimenting on the effects of different sound frequencies. With the help of a musicologist and the laborious task of "trial and error" testing, he finally arrived at a sound frequency of 3,000 to 5,000 Khz, a range most compatible to the widest variety of plants.

Concomitant with his sonic investigations, he spent considerable time as well in developing a foliar feeding formula which is the second part of his two-tier program. Getting the stomata to open as widely as possible and to stay open longer, provided for a much greater absorption potential, but the question then was, what should the plants be fed under these changed physiological conditions? After many more man hours of tedious testing, Carlson concocted an organic foliar spray which includes amino acids, seaweed derivatives, and 55 trace elements. This combination of greater food intake (through the stomata) and a foliar feeding solution which includes just about everything a plant needs to thrive and reach its genetic potential, has produced some truly astonishing results. According to Carlson, hundreds of farmers and gardeners have verified his findings and have acclaimed Sonic Bloom’s cultural values.

Let’s get back to Carlson for a moment. One of the first indications that he was onto something was an early experiment in 1979 with a purple passion plant. This plant, which generally does not grow beyond two feet, reached 150 feet during the first three months of treatment. During a period of two and one-half years, and under the "duo" of music and his foliar spray, the plant reached a length of 1,300 feet which, incidentally, is documented in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Let’s review a very small sample of what other farmers, gardeners, and researchers found with Sonic Bloom:

Stone Ground Farm in Ontario, Canada, tested Sonic Bloom in 1992 on a 4-acre block of Ida Red Apples. Untreated apples of the same variety were close by to afford a good control group comparison. The yield was up 50% over the unsprayed trees.

A test conducted by Bio Research Farms in Japan registered an increased yield of soybeans from 37 to 75 bushels per acre.

The Oliver Garvey Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning in Wichita, Kansas, tested a shipment of treated Florida grown oranges. The vitamin C content was a whopping 121% above the norm.

Use of Sonic Bloom began at Sudley Castle in 1992. The 100,000 tourists who visit the castle each year can now see, on average, 65 roses on each branch when there used to be just 5.

Other Pluses – These are just a few examples of the success stories that Carlson has reported from all over the world, and they go beyond just size of harvest or number of fruit or flowers. We already touched on vitamin and nutrient levels, which increase dramatically. Watering needs can be reduced substantially since larger and deeper roots develop enabling them to tap additional reserves of groundwater. Tests in arid environments have shown a 50-60% reduction in watering requirements in some cases. Crops become more uniform in size (usually bigger) and shelf life increases dramatically. Fruits, grains, and vegetables are more disease resistant and even insect problems are diminished, most likely because of heavier sugar content which adversely affects these critters’ digestive tracts. Crop maturity is generally shortened, up to 50 days in some cases, while heavy flowering continues, frequently resulting in a second harvest. In addition to all of the above, almost everyone who offers testimony, regardless of the crop, contends that what they grow tastes better and is more flavorful. In addition to all these advantages, there is still more to report before we conclude the Sonic Bloom story.

Genetic Elasticity – Plants undergoing the Sonic Bloom treatment afford some exciting change that cannot be fully explained botanically. Simply, in many cases, the treated plant can pass on its cultural improvements to its offspring even if the offspring are left untreated. Kidney beans, for example, usually produce 3 to 4 beans per pod. Treated with Sonic Bloom, this often increases to 4 and 5. The offspring of this plant will produce 4 and 5 pods too but, if treated with music and formula, may increase to 5 and 6 pods. Tests so far have brought these generational increments up 8 and 9 beans per pod and there is no reason to believe the limit has been reached. More research in this area must be conducted, but results to date are very encouraging indeed.

Even the time to germinate seeds has been reduced with Sonic Bloom. Seeds bathed in Carlson’s solution for just one day while exposed to his taped repertoire of delightful music, have germinated in one-third to one-half the normal time. Under these very conditions, there have been reports of germination taking place overnight.

We began this discourse on a "population explosion" theme and it is obvious to see how it relates to the body of this dissertation. Incidentally, we didn’t have space to cover trees, but Carlson’s combination of melody and spray appears to accelerate the growth of these "great plants" as well, which may help alleviate the continued slaughter of forests and their grandest inhabitants. The fact is, however, 50 years is a long time away and this writer and most of his readers will not be around to suffer the "population" consequences. By then, your editor will have already celebrated his centennial plus some additional years he prefers not to reveal. Of course, all of good conscience and caring must be concerned with their children’s future as well as their grandchildren’s. Let’s hope they can solve the population problem and thus inherit a better world. In the meantime, let’s get back to now!

Sonic Bloom is available today. It has no retail distribution yet, but can be purchased through the mail. It’s so simple to use that all you need to know is how to use a cassette player and squirt a spray container. It comes in two forms – one for the backyard gardener which is a $60 kit (plus $4 shipping) and includes a 20-ounce bottle of foliar spray concentrate and a cassette tape of the most delightful music that both you and your plants can enjoy. The supply of concentrate is to be diluted by one teaspoon to one quart of water so, for most gardeners, there is an ample supply for at least one and possibly two seasons. For small farmers, a gallon of concentrate is sold for $250 and a sound system is available for $12.5 This package is designed for 1/5 acre to 5 acre plots. For those who require larger area needs, you can contact Carlson directly for specific costs and details.

The CLUB cannot verify all the claims made by others on behalf of Sonic Bloom, and we admit some of this sounds almost too good to be true. However, the few testimonials presented here have been documented with enough supportive information to conclude that they are not fraudulent or fictitious. If some are exaggerated by those who offer testimony (and we are not saying that they are), there is no way for us to make judgment on this kind of speculation or possibility. We have reviewed an 80-minute videotape where dozens and dozens of farmers, researchers, and gardeners, who grow everything from fruit to nuts, testify that Sonic Bloom works and produces substantial results. As far as we are concerned, the sheer number of testimonials from respected farmers, governments, etc., around the world adds credence to the Sonic Bloom story. For $24 you can order a copy of this tape for your own evaluation. Incidentally, the CLUB took the initiative to personally confer with a Sonic Bloom tomato farmer, so please be sure to read An Interview With A Tomato Farmer, which follows this presentation.


Charles Dodge runs a small farm in Mountain Home, Arkansas. His crops are sold roadside and his Melody Farms (a perfect name for a Sonic Bloom user) consists of a 5-acre plot of blueberries and two, 4,500-square-foot “quonset hut” type greenhouses—one for his cucumbers and the other for tomatoes. We interviewed Charlie on June 23, 1993, to get a specific opinion on Sonic Bloom’s effect on tomatoes. Although his greenhouses provide a controlled environment, there are plenty of statistics on greenhouse crops and viable comparisons can be made. Here are the Q&A’s as they occurred in sequence: 

Q. How long have you used Sonic Bloom?

A. I started in either 1984 or 1985. Off hand, I can’t remember the exact year but it’s a good 8 or 9 years now.

Q. How many tomato plants do you grow and what varieties?

A. I use one of my 4,000-square-foot greenhouses for tomatoes. This greenhouse is stocked with about 1,000 plants (mostly grown from suckers) and just about all are beefsteak varieties. 

Q. Do you use Sonic Bloom on all your tomatoes?

A. I use Sonic Bloom on all my tomatoes as well as all my cucumbers and blueberries. In fact, I use it on some of the trees on my property too. 

Q. What are the noticeable differences with Sonic Bloom in terms of the flowering of your tomato plants?

A. Flowering is overwhelming. We get 9-10 flowers on one shoot, which is way above the norm. 

Q. Size of fruit?

A. My estimate is that the Sonic Bloom treated tomatoes are 20-30% larger than what they would be without it. 

Q. Quantity of fruit per plant?

A. Here again, I would estimate the increase to be in the 20-30% range. You must remember, we remove a significant number of flowers. We grow our tomatoes from suckers and we are in our 18th generation of sucker propagation. After the 10th generation, an interesting development occurred. Flower shoots form with a cluster of 9-10 flowers. However, in many cases, another shoot develops at the end of the first cluster adding another 4-5 flowers. The hand (stem) that supports this load could never handle the weight of all those maturing tomatoes, so we generally cut back that second (extended) shoot. 

Q. Overall harvest?

A. The average tomato crop from a 4,000-square-foot greenhouse is in the 9,000 to 10,000 pound range. I have had crops hit 19,000 pounds, but that’s not a consistent result so I am going to be very conservative. Without any degree of exaggeration, I know my tomato crops are minimally 30-40% higher with Sonic Bloom. Personally, I would bet it is even higher, but I will stick with a lower estimate so no one could possibly dispute my claims. 

Q. Maturity rate?

A. Sonic Bloom tomatoes ripen about the same time as untreated ones, but the big difference here is shelf life. Once picked, tomatoes stay unspoiled for at least twice as long—possibly three times as long. When you’re selling roadside, this is a real plus. 

Q. Taste?

A. The simplest word I could use to describe the taste of my tomatoes is superb. People come from far distances to purchase my tomatoes and, I might add, I get similar taste praise for my cucumbers and blueberries as well. 

Q. Diseases?

A. I have no problems whatsoever with tomato diseases. 

Q. Watering needs?

A. My watering needs increase with Sonic Bloom. The plants get so big and the fruit they produce increase substantially. These giants simply need more water. 

Q. What would you say about Sonic Bloom overall?

A. Everything it touches grows better. I know this is a tomato newsletter, but let me tell you about my cucumbers. I planted 500 cucumbers in one of my greenhouses. It took 40 days from seed to harvest. From the 41st day and for the next 36 days, I picked 7,600 pounds of cucumbers. I have four, young apple trees on my property that I planted three years ago. I don’t care who the experts are — they will all tell you the trees are 7-10 years old. Everyone who gardens without Sonic Bloom is working against themselves -- tomatoes included! 

-- The Tomato Club, August 1993