Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Viagra keeps cut flowers erect!

'Tis the season to be jolly.

Lordy, lordy, plants have erectile dysfunction.

In an article by Valerie Sudol - Newhouse News Service- Israeli researcher Yaacov Leshem and Australian food technology professor Ron Willis tested Viagra on fruits, vegetables and cut flowers to see if they could prolong shelf life. 1 milligram of Viagra was found to keep the flowers stiff for much longer than expected, 3-4 weeks rather than the usual 10-12 days. One standard dose pill is 50 mg so you only need a small part of one pill. But the pill costs about $15 so it's still pretty cheap @ 30 cents per vase fix.

The Viagra treatment was tested on the website myscienceproject.com. They tested Viagra against vodka and sprite and found the blue pill was "far and away the winner"

The only problem is trying to convince your doc to prescribe you Viagra to keep your plants from wilting...yeah right.

What else is this stuff good for?

4 Comments:

Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Eww... that's kinda creepy. I don't know if I'll ever look at a long, straight grocery-store carrot the same way again!

4:19 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
If you see a lot of older men at the produce section of the supermart you'll know something's up. On a positive note maybe this will get men to eat more veggies ;)

4:17 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Absolutely fascinating, Ki. Amy Stewart at GardenRant should see this study, since she's been tracking the shelf life of cut flowers.

Will flowers have to come with warnings?

"If your boutonniere lasts more than 4 hours, call your doctor!"

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

11:11 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

You folks are too funny. I can't believe they can keep a straight face when giving the ... 'more than 4 hours' schtik.

4:05 AM  

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