great little horticulture trivia nugget

posted May 31, 2015

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A recent post on the Smithsonian blog tells the story of how a 17-year-old Russian scientist in 1901 discovered the plant hormone ethylene, which causes plants to ripen. It’s a must-read for horticultural geeks called The Peas that Smelled the Leaky Pipes.