November 14, 2011
Piccolo 10 XC Receives California Registration
Piccolo 10 XC, a plant growth regulator (PGR) from Fine Americas, is now registered for use in California. Featuring a 4.0 percent concentration of paclobutrazol, Piccolo 10 XC is 10 times stronger than standard 0.4-percent formulations of the PGR. “We’re excited that California ornamental growers now have access to Piccolo 10 XC, a significant improvement over previous paclobutrazol formulations,” says Greg Johnson, Fine Americas president. “Since it comes in a true solution instead of a suspension, Piccolo 10 XC overcomes the potential settling problems associated with older paclobutrazol products. “From a grower’s perspective, that means there is no need to shake the container prior to use in order to ensure uniform distribution of the active ingredient. In addition, the super-concentrated formulation translates to fewer plastic containers, lower shipping and storage costs, and a smaller carbon footprint for our industry.” Kevin Forney, technical services manager for Fine Americas, notes that Piccolo […]
October 3, 2011
SePRO: Avoid Hachi-Hachi On Colored Poinsettias
SePRO is voluntarily restricting the use of Hachi-Hachi on poinsettias with bracts in color after trialing the product in university trials and discovering some cultivars are particularly sensitive to it. A label change could not be made in time to deliver the message to growers, so SePRO is actively communicating the restriction to growers itself. The Hachi-Hachi label lists poinsettias as an approved crop for application based on trials of a limited number of poinsettia cultivars–with bracts not in color. SePRO also discovered in recent trials that some salvia and gypsophilla species can be harmed. Label changes have been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency restricting the use of Hachi-Hachi on those two crops. Additionally, SePRO indicates ageratum, colocasia, geranium, lobelia, pansy (flowers), verbena and vinca sustained temporary injuries after Hachi-Hachi was applied. Before launching, SePRO was aware of potential injury to impatiens and New Guinea impatiens. Label restrictions were […]
September 27, 2011
Three Additional Benefits Of Plant Growth Regulators
Have you ever noticed that plants treated with PGRs are greener? Hear about what other benefits PGRs can have for your crop and they they occur in this episode from Brian Whipker.
March 27, 2011
OHP Shares Augeo Results
For the last two years, OHP has been working extensively with growers and academic researchers trialing its new plant growth regulator Augeo. At American Takii, Dave Barcels trialed it on dark leafed seed geraniums, delphiniums and the vigorous Cadenza petunias, which are a hedgiflora type, like PanAmerican’s Tidal Waves. The goal is to induce more lateral branching. More branching means more flowers. The idea is to double the flowers without delaying the crop. “We’ve really learned a lot in two years,” Barcels says. “The grower feedback has been, wow! They’re trying it on verbenas, calibrachoas, veronicas and petunias. This is a new product for us, which is exciting, but the real acid test is the growers.” Recommended rates are 400-800 ppm on herbaceous crops and 800-1,600 ppm on woodier crops.
February 14, 2011
New Piccolo Plant Growth Regulator 10 Times Stronger Than Original
Fine Americas has launched Piccolo 10 XC plant growth regulator for use on bedding plants. Featuring a 4.0 percent concentration of paclobutrazol, the new Piccolo 10 XC is 10 times stronger than current 0.4 percent formulations of the popular plant growth regulator. “We believe new Piccolo 10 XC is a significant improvement over current paclobutrazol formulations,” says Greg Johnson, Fine Americas president. “Since it comes in a true solution instead of a suspension, Piccolo 10 XC overcomes the potential settling problems associated with older paclobutrazol products.” From a grower’s perspective, that means there is no need to shake the container prior to use in order to ensure uniform distribution of the active ingredient. In addition, Johnson says the formulation translates to fewer plastic containers, lower shipping costs and a smaller carbon footprint. “One quart of new Piccolo 10 XC equals 2.5 gallons of our standard Piccolo formulation, making storage, handling […]