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A tipsy tip for paperwhites that don't topple

Several Hometalkers have posted recently about potting up paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta), one of the most popular, and easiest, plants for indoor forcing. Simply put them in a bowl with some pebbles, add a little water, and, two to three weeks later, voila. But one recurrent problem is the tendency of these fragrant bloomers to flop over. The solution: alcohol. Yes, by irrigating your plants with a diluted solution of alcohol (you can use vodka, gin, tequila, rum or even rubbing alcohol) you will end up with plants that are about one-third less high, but with blooms that are just as fragrant and last just as long. And this isn't just a folk remedy. The folks at the Flowerbulb Research Program at Cornell University have tested it and proven it works. Two caveats: don't use too much alcohol (a 4 to 6 percent solution is optimal) and don't use beer or wine, as the sugars in those will cause major problems for the plants. You'll find complete directions here:

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  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    on Nov 14, 2012

    Want to talk about timing....! THANK YOU @Douglas Hunt ! I just potted some paperwhites and will use this method!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Nov 14, 2012

    Awesome post!

  • Libby at An Eye For Detail
    Libby at An Eye For Detail Pittsboro, NC
    on Nov 14, 2012

    I've heard of doing this...really? does it work? Just bought a dozen bulbs last weekend and was about to plant. So, do you start with the alcohol from the very beginning?

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Nov 14, 2012

    It works, Libby. Start with water and, when the foliage is a couple of inches high, switch to the diluted alcohol solution. See the link for amounts to use based on the proof of the liquor you're using and more details.

  • Vicki
    Vicki Smyrna, GA
    on Nov 14, 2012

    i heard of that last year and did not try that last year but gotta to try this yr. I used pretty glimming ribbons to tie around to look pretty.

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