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Today, gardeners are encouraged to share the family aspirin bottle with stressed plants, as well as a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Why? As it turns out, salicylic acid and substances very like it are naturally produced by many plants in tiny amounts. In plants, these benign compounds awaken a number of natural protective responses, from increasing root length and strength to growing denser, stronger foliage.
In a number of studies, plants given aspirin water exhibited many of these protective responses. Treated plants grew faster and were better able to fend off pests and diseases than their untreated counterparts.
In garden trials, aspirin water increased the productivity of quite a few fruits, herbs and vegetables, including tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant and lots of others. Last summer, gardeners at the Organic Vegetable Garden at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston sprayed some of their crops with aspirin water and left a control group untreated. Their trials demonstrated that regular exposure to aspirin could indeed help plants grow better quite quickly.
Originally posted by Hawking
Wow pretty fascinating. It's odd that you came up with it in the first place and then (odder?) that it worked at all.
I guess the next experiment would be with hydrocodone? Just avoid giving them any coke, your plants will NOT shut up...