Smoke-water and bulb growth

Peter Taggart
Sat, 04 Jan 2014 23:50:28 PST
I have only ever used smoke rarely for Juno Iris seed germination,
however,I have read of smoke being used to enhance growth after
germination. There is a study here but there is more to it from what I
remember reading, this article is primarily concerned with the effect on
flowering. It also reduces the experiment to one using ethylene.…

This is a summary of an experiment using smoke and concludes significant
increase in seedling growth with increased uptake of nitrogen and magnesium…
Peter (UK)

On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:28 AM, William Hoffmann <> wrote:

> I have seen multiple posts on this list about using smoke water to
> stimulate germination of certain species. Does anyone use it to
> enhance growth after germination? I recently came across an
> interesting article in which commercial onion seedlings were watered
> regularly with smoke water. It had an impressive effect on growth,
> compared to plants that did not receive smoke water. After 175 days,
> the plants receiving smoke water had more than twice the bulb mass of
> the controls. If this response is common among geophytes, it would be
> quite a benefit. Have any of you tried this?
>  The article citation is Kulkarni et al, Effect of smoke-water and a
> smoke-isolated butenolide on the growth and genotoxicity of commercial
> onion, Scientia Horticulturae, Volume 124, Issue 4, 1 May 2010, Pages
> 434-439.

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