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Giving Paperwhites a good, stiff drink

A Tip for Growing Paperwhites Indoors

To prevent your paperwhites from getting tall and floppy, give them a good, stiff drink. Paperwhite bulbs grown in water with a 5% concentration of alcohol bloom beautifully on stems 1/3 shorter than paperwhites grown in unspiked water. Most clear liquors are about 40% alcohol (80 proof), so that works out to 1 part liquor to 7 parts water.

Anyone ever try this?  Funny it would only impact height and not bloom output, etc.  

Utah, USA.


  • tuikowhai34tuikowhai34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 698
    Plants also like water with wine in it.  It's the acid, I think.

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • I've never heard of including alcohol in a watering solution for plants.  Never occurred to me to even try it.  Interesting tho.
    I wonder if our plants will now complain about Pubs and Bars closing in the lockdown situation  ;)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 65,350
    Give the stiff drink to the gardener and he/she won't give a hoot about floppy Paperwhites 😋
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  •  :D 
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