The Best Defense is a Good Offense

"TKO" Phosphite 0-29-26, Nitro-30 SRN 30-0-0
November 2014

As they say in the military, "the best defense is a good offense." Hopefully, you're not doing battle with your crops as we enter into the cooler winter season, but rather being on the lookout for an "enemy attack."

For the citrus growers in Florida, the biggest enemies this time of year are freezing temperatures and the omnipresent greening disease (HLB). At the same time farmers need to be thinking about the upcoming fruit season.

In the past growers would stress their trees to encourage more flowers and less leaves by withholding water and then irrigating when temperatures began to rise, in effect, shocking the root system into action.That was back when fruit trees still had a 100% root mass. Due to the devastating effects of greening disease, the root mass in most trees has dwindled to less than 50%, so growers can no longer stress trees in this manner.

The research and development team at Growth Products has developed products that provide the best bud induction formula for citrus trees. These products stimulate the root system much like was once done by stressing the trees with water.

Starting in December, after approximately 800 chill hours, apply a foliar spray at the following rate: 1/2 gal of TKO Phosphite 0-29-26 and 1 - 2 gallons of Nitro-30® SRN 30-0-0 per acre. These products can be sprayed in low volume by airplane, in solutions of five to ten gallons per acre.

“TKO” Phosphite 0-29-26 is a 100% systemic that helps to stimulate the plant's root system, moving quickly through the leaves and branches and into the roots. It has been found to be effective in encouraging more flowers when applied as recommended above.

Nitro-30® SRN 30-0-0 is a good choice for safe, sustainable growing and improved crop yield, and fruit size. The Smart Nitrogen™ in Nitro-30 is highly efficient nitrogen in the form of a proprietary low-salt methylene urea nitrogen molecule. When used as a foliar spray, this special blend will deliver a quick shot of nitrogen for immediate greening of the leaves, followed by up to four weeks of slow-release nitrogen, making nitrogen available at different stages of plant development.

Common Signs of Citrus Greening (HLB) include wilting leaves,
small fruit and a swollen trunk.

Growth Products, through years of investigative analysis and testing, is working hard to assist you in the fight against HLB and other diseases while providing a whole host of products for various growing situations, including turf and greenhouse production. We'll assist you in developing a safe, environmentally friendly, low salt fertility program that requires the least amount of chemical inputs.

Give us a call today so we can get you on the right track to healthy plants and healthy profits!

For more information, check out diagnostics laboratories at the University of Florida, UF/ISAF Extension for greening disease (HLB), and University of California, Davis.