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alcohol and paperwhites

I wanted to share this with everyone.  Interesting...
Pickled Paperwhites Stand Up Straighter

To prevent your paperwhites from getting tall and floppy, give them a good stiff drink. It's true! Scientific testing by Professor Bill Miller of Cornell's Flower Bulb Research Program confirmed that paperwhites grown in water with a 5% concentration of alcohol bloomed beautifully on stems one-third shorter than teetotaling paperwhites. Since most liquors are about 40% alcohol, that works out to 1 part booze to 7 parts water. Gin, vodka, whiskey, rum, and tequila all work well, but Miller cautions that, as with humans, too much alcohol is disastrous. To read his entire entertaining report, go to http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/wmiller/bulb/Pickling_your_Paperwhites.pdf.

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