Using Vodka in plant water

debbysunshine(san diego)December 29, 2007

I had heard of using Vodka but never gave it a go. Recently I took a cutting and put it in a glass with water and a bit of Vodka and instead of a couple of weeks to see growth overnite was all it took. Now just to see what happens if it will grow. It's still a bit cold at night to propigate but everything is growing now here in San Diego.

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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

I cannot think of any textbook reason for using alcohol.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2008 at 1:40PM
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I'd guess it's the sugar that really does the trick;
just for fun, you might try using vodka on one & plain sugar on another.

I'd hate to waste expensive vodka when sugar would do the job!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2008 at 5:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Vodka has been studied as a growth retardant and may prove to be valuable for flowering plants. It apparently produces stockier stems (and sturdier) without affecting the size and quality of the bloom.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2008 at 11:09AM
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Well, my hubby is around and the elephants on the wall are blowing bubbles.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2008 at 8:51PM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

I found if you keep drinking the vodka, it SEEMS like the plants root faster. All those lost days.....:)

    Bookmark   January 16, 2008 at 4:53PM
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I've heard of using dilute alcohol (ethanol) solutions to stunt plant growth. I've done this with paper whites--it shortens the topgrowth but doesn't interfere with root development. Keeps the darned things from getting a yard tall and flopping over! I don't have the recipe handy, but I'm sure you can find it by doing a web search. It was a Cornell professor who was doing the research.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 2:14PM
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Ethanol is pretty much toxic to most living things at some level. I'd say this would be a waste of alcohol! Drink it instead, and save your sugar for tea. I'd think you'd get some unwanted microorganisms in your water if you add sugar to the solution. Stick with water and/or rooting hormone!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 10:00PM
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