MadSci Network: Botany

Re: Would Plants react differently to stimulants and depressants than humans?

Date: Sun Dec 3 12:29:56 2006
Posted By: David Hershey, Faculty, Botany, NA
Area of science: Botany
ID: 1165093791.Bt

One good student experiment involving alcohol effects on plants involves
paperwhite narcissus, which are sold around Christmas to force indoors. A common
problem with forced paperwhite narcissus is that the stems and leaves grow too
tall and fall over. A Cornell University researcher found that irrigating the
plants with a 4 to 6% solution of hard liquor or rubbing alcohol stunted the
growth so the stems and leaves did not get too tall.


Why tipsy flowers don't tip over: Booze stunts stem and leaves, but doesn't
affect blossoms, study finds

Pickling Your Paperwhites

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