I hope my paperwhite likes the same cheap vodka I do

I bought a single paperwhite to grow this winter for a bit of green cheer, and I’ve been hearing a lot about giving paperwhites a little sip of booze to make them grow shorter so that they’re less likely to flop over.

Here are three sources that suggest doing this: source one, source two, and source three. I also saw someone tweet about it the other day. So, I decided to give it a try with the same cheap vodka I drink in Bloody Marys.

1/2 Tsp. of vodka in a shot glass topped with water

I read in one source that about 1 part alcohol and 7 parts water was an appropriate amount. I measured 1/2 teaspoon of vodka and then a little more than 3 1/2 teaspoons of water. A good stir and I poured it from the shot glass into the small container I’m growing my paperwhite in.

I hope it turns out okay! I can’t wait until I have a bloom. I wonder how many times I should water with a little alcohol…

Any suggestions or first-hand experience with this would be much appreciated.


  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of watering plants with alcohol. I’ve heard of using coffee or tea for the caffeine, but I wonder if alcohol will have the same growth stunting affects. Very cool!

    • That’s funny because I’ve never heard of watering them with coffee or tea for the caffeine! I’ll have to look that up and check it out. I’ve been known to pour the last dregs of either into a houseplant before, but I wasn’t aware that there were benefits (or maybe even drawbacks?) to doing so.

  2. Found you on 20SB. Thought I’d check out your blog.

    This actually made me chuckle. I’ve never heard of watering plants with alcohol. I’m kinda curious to see how that turns out.

    Maybe my college years have something to do with my small stature. :-/

    • Haha. Well, thanks for checking out my blog. I’m pretty sure booze impacts plants differently. In this case, it’s suppose to make the stalk shorter so that the weight of the flower on top doesn’t cause it to flop over and bend the stem.

      But, if alcohol did effect plants and people the same way, you could at least be thankful that your head is more secure than those of taller fellows. As it is, I’m afraid you’ll just have to settle for the satisfaction of all those good times you had. =)

    • It seems to have worked! At least, I have a plant that is blooming and the flowers on top aren’t too heavy that it flopped over. I’ll post more pictures later. ^__^

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