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superthrive and freeze damage

Posted by adamcozzie 8b (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 14, 11 at 22:15

Has anyone experimented with using superthrive before or after a freeze to help minimize plant damage? From what I have read (and this is my inexperienced take), the auxin in superthrive, 1-naphthyl acetic acid, is a growth regulator that decreases foliage growth and redirects that energy to root growth.

If, in fact, this is what this chemical does, decreasing new foliage growth before a freeze would benefit a plant because the new foliage is what is most easily damaged. Plus, increasing root vigor would definately benefit the plant when it revives in warmer weather. Am I completely off or could there be something to this?

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RE: superthrive and freeze damage

Abscisic acid plays an important role in inducing dormancy in plants. However plants that are adapted to cold weather will produce it on their own in response to the change in seasons.

If something as simple as applying auxin reduced frost damage than commercial citrus growers would have figured it out a long time ago.

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