DIY Easy Electroculture Plant Antenna

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My creative energy comes and goes in phases. Or rather, the expression of my creative energy shifts. Sometimes it's focussed on novel writing, other times on making my own beauty products, or making candles or soap, or (re-)decorating our home, or drawing, or gardening, or coming up with new recipes and blogposts ...

In this instance, I took an unplanned break from blogging, as I didn't feel inspired to write about anything, and instead, my energy naturally flowed into decluttering, journaling and baking bread, lol. Oh, and I also made a magickal ritual candle for love and abundance for one of my dearest friends who got married last weekend! 💖


Two weeks ago, my mother in law had sent me a link to this video about electroculture garden antennas, and I immediately knew I wanted to make my own. I love natural, sustainable and simple solutions!

But before we get our hands dirty and make our own plant antennas, you're probably wondering ...


According to the sources I linked down below, electroculture is "a method of applying atmospheric electricity to the fertilization of plant life", which is said to increase and improve yields "utilizing certain materials to harvest the earth's atmospheric energy".

a conductive material such as iron *, copper, zinc or brass, it is possible to capture the atmospheric electricity of the air, the sun, the wind, the rain, the clouds, and the cold and frost, transform that into energetic electricity and transfer it into the soil. This energy has been shown to help soil fertility, plant growth and development, amplify yields, combat frost and excessive heat, reduce irrigation, protect plants from pests and diseases, and increase the soil's nutrients.
Justin Christofleau's electroculture apparatus from the book Electroculture.

The French scientist Justin Christofleau came up with a contraption
– an antenna – that looks a little bit like a huge rake which comprised of a 25-ft wooden post with a metal pointer with copper and zinc wires at the top. His electroculture system proved so efficient that "it increased crops in considerable proportions (up to 200%) without chemical fertilizers of any kind".

These antennas
– and yes, researching this I did feel a little bit like a conspiracy theorist trying to navigate aliens into my garden 👽 – can be used both for outdoor plants and garden beds as well as for potted plants and indoor plants.

The taller you make the antenna, the more powerful they will be. Justin Christofleau recommended a height of 20 feet / 6 meters or more, which can cover about 225 square feet / 20 square meters and is great for garden beds or large agricultural fields. However, to make an indoor plant antenna, even a chopstick will work!

Position your "lightning rod antenna" to the south of the crop, directed towards the north.

Instead of antennas you can also make copper pyramids. Through the power of the golden proportion which is aligned with the earth's magnetic field, they "facilitate plant growth, production and resilience". According to agronomist Yannick Van Doorne these pyramids made of copper wire or copper tubes can be used to energize seeds, fertilize soil, energize water and food, neutralize radioactivity, generate negative ions, and purify the air (source).

More information on Electro-Culture:

- Cultivate Elevate (* in their article, they mention that the use of iron tools "decreased the magnetism of the soil, made the farmers work harder, and caused drought like conditions.  While on the other hand copper/brass/bronze tools did not alter the magnetism of the soil, lead to high quality soil, and required less work when used." – I have found contradictory statements on the use of iron in electroculture)
- Electroculture and Magnetoculture by Yannick Van Doorne
- Electroculture by Mons. Justin Christofleau

Examples of different typse of plant antennas for garden and indoor plants, including a copper pyramid for seed germination. (image sources below)

Now that we've grasped the basics of electroculture, we are ready to make our own easy plant antennas using copper wire and wood!

  • wood (e. g. bamboo sticks, an old broom handle or a branch)
  • copper / brass / zinc / bronze wire
  • (optional) pliers for wrapping and cutting the wire


Step 1 – Gather your materials

Collect your pieces of wood, and your conductive metal wire. A combination of copper and zinc seems to be best as it will work like a battery when the sun hits it.

(I actually used leftover wire from way back when I made this DIY Love Bracelet – zero waste at its best!)

You might also want to have some pliers handy.

Step 2 – Wrap the wire around the wood

Attach the wire to the wood by wrapping it around the stick, branch or broom handle. I used my hands to do this, but you can also use pliers.

Starting at the bottom of your piece of wood, twist it around the base a few times to fasten, then wind your way up.
If you live in the Northern hemisphere, you can wind your wire clockwise around the stick. If you live in the Southern hemisphere, you can wind it counter-clockwise. But don't worry about this - either way should work!

Shape the upper end of the wire into a curl, spiral or a triangle, if you like. As you can see, I had a lot of fun with this, haha! You could even add a decorative element to the upper end of the wire, like a crystal, glass beads or a charm. (I quite like these for inspiration!)

Step 3 – Place the antenna into the soil

Place the antenna into the soil,
near the plant that is meant to benefit from it. Make sure the wire is in contact with the dirt (about 6-8 inches / 15-20 cm would be ideal).

Enjoy your electrocultured plants! ☺️🌿

Have you heard of electroculture before? Do you have any experience with plant antennas? I'm curious!

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  1. hi maysi, did electroculture work? any proof of it?

    1. Hi there, good question. I'm planning to make an update blog post on this soon to share my observations :) Short answer: yes in some cases, no in others! (at least, from what I can tell)

  2. When combining the copper and zink wire as it is placed on the piece of wood to make the antenna, is it at the bottom that's placed in the ground, or the top of the antenna?.

    1. Hi, sorry for my late reply! I'm not sure I understand your question though. Are you talking about wrapping one half of the stick with zinc wire and the other half with copper wire, or what do you mean by "combining"? Did you already come up with a solution?
      Either way: The important part is that the conductive material (zinc, copper, brass, bronze...) is placed in the soil!