Saturday, January 14, 2006

Drinking stunts your growth

Today's Independent newspaper had a fascinating report by Anna Pavord that adding alcohol to the water when growing paperwhite narcissi stunts the stem growth by 50% while not affecting the flower size at all. The alcohol has to be a spirit, rather than the dregs of the wine glass, and the best ratio seems to be 9 parts water: 1 or alcohol.

I couldn't find the article on the web, but this ia a report of the same research I have a few left over from Christmas so I am going to give it a go and see whether it solves the problem of leggy bulbs needing to be staked.

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