Fertilized roses with his own blood

Ralph Farrar suffered from hemochromatosis, which meant that his blood accumulated too much iron. The treatment was to have a pint of blood taken from him every week. This blood couldn't be used for other patients. So Farrar used it on his roses as an "iron-rich fertilizer instead of the commercial rose food containing dried animal blood."

After eight years of weekly blood-drainings his condition began to improve, so much so that he only had to have blood taken once every two months. No word on what happened to his roses as a result.

Info source: Newsweek - Sep 2, 1963

Ralph Farrar pouring blood on his roses

The Tuscaloosa News - Jun 29, 1963

Update: Curious about how long Mr. Farrar could have lived with hemochromatosis, I did a google search and found what I'm pretty sure is his grave. He died at the age of 76 in 1989.
     Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 26, 2015
     Category: 1960s

Just think of all the poor vampire children in 3rd world countries whose lives could have been saved had this guy only didn't think so highly of a weed.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/26/15 at 09:14 AM
Today I dobt they'd have given him his own blood to take home. It would be deemed a bio-hazard. I wonder if animal blood is still used in plant food and how that might effect vegans. 🐛
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/26/15 at 10:59 AM
Different condition, same treatment.

When I started, the clinic gave me a breakdown of what is involved in each session. I asked about the "Disposal Fee" because I wondered why they didn't donate it (I have a 'condition,' not a 'disease,' so no one could get it from my blood). At worst, I figured they'd throw it away with bandages and other medical waste. Turns out they have to send it out to be incinerated! Since this isn't a Chicken Little state with its own set of insane rules and regulations, I assume it's a Federal requirement.
Posted by Phideaux on 07/26/15 at 07:26 PM
You'd think they could get the plasma or some other stuff out of it before disposing of it.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/26/15 at 11:43 PM
You can buy blood meal at Home Depot.
Posted by RobK on 07/29/15 at 11:22 AM
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