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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The letter this week is the Sophisticated
Do go and visit ABC Wednesday
for more wonderful
Monday, November 21, 2011
Is it too early to plant the paper whites? Will they be past their prime by Christmas Day? Regardless, today the spirit moved me!!!
I planted a dozen bulbs in a shallow blue bowl
and hope they will look like this....
or perhaps a little shorter if we use the alcohol treatment!
I think I mentioned the alcohol treatment before.
It is recommended following the results of a research program
conducted by William A. Miller, Professor of Horticulture at Cornell University
and a number of his students.
Here is the gen.....
Plant the bulbs in stones and water, as usual
After a week, when the roots have started to spread,
pour off the water and replace it with a solution of 4 to 6% alcohol
made from HARD liquor (this is important)
To get a 5% solution from a 40% distilled spirit you add one part of alcohol
to 7 parts of water, and use this solution for further watering as needed.
Moderation is the keyword, - don't increase the percentage
of alcohol above 10%!
Plants suffer from alcohol poisoning too!
Rubbing alcohol works just as well, if you can't bear to use your scotch or rum
on a bowl of bulbs, but as it is usually 70% alcohol
when bought 1 part of alcohol to 10 or 11 parts of water
I rather liked the idea of individual bulbs in glasses, on a window sill
or in front of a mirror - perhaps I will see if we can go to the plant shop tomorrow
when we go to town.....????