Want shorter flowers? Just add liquor
Horticulturist finds alcohol stunts plants' growth, but blossoms stay big:
For home gardeners who don't want their flowers to tip over, a Cornell University horticulturist thinks he has the answer: Get the flowers a little tipsy with some hard liquor.
Giving some plants diluted alcohol — whiskey, vodka, gin or tequila — stunts the growth of a plant's leaves and stems but doesn't affect the blossoms, said William Miller, director of Cornell's Flower Bulb Research Program.
But,...do you really want to share with your gardenias?