Friday, April 07, 2006

Cornell Scientists Discover Flower's Alcoholic Preferences

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Tippy tulips? Droopy daffodils? Try giving them a jigger of gin.

A Cornell University horticulturist has found that giving some potted plants diluted alcohol stunts the growth of leaves and stems but doesn't bother the blossoms. That's a good thing, if you don't want the flowers to get so tall they flop over.

You can use whiskey, vodka, gin or tequila -- or even plain ethanol if you happen to have it. But wine and beer don't work. The booze has to be diluted with water to a concentration of four to
six percent alcohol.

William Miller, director of Cornell's Flower Bulb Research Program, reported his findings in the April issue of Hort-Technology, a peer-reviewed journal.

Miller's study focused on paperwhite narcissus and other daffodils but he's also had promising results with tulips.

If you want to try it, add one part 80-proof liquor to seven parts water. Wait until daffodil shoots are several inches tall before applying the diluted booze.

(Source - AP)

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