A Stress-Free Recovery, the Growth Products Way

July 2016



For many us in the Northeast, it has been a long spring season with a variety of conditions.  Early warmth, freezing cold, extended dry spells (for others extended moisture).  All in all, a pretty good season.  But all good things must come to an end, or so the saying goes.  

The early start to the season confused a lot of people – and lots of plants, too.  The unusual warmth stressed fruit trees, ornamentals, food crops, turf, and most other plants.

One of the best ways to help reduce stress in plants and to minimize the damage from constantly changing environmental conditions is to introduce plenty of beneficial elements back into a plant and its surrounding soil. Just like our bodies need to be replenished after an excessive workout or period of stress, plants need to be replenished, too.

There are many Growth Products solutions that help rebuild vital plant and soil resources.  Take TKO Phosphite,  for example.  It’s a great economical product to help reduce plant stress and minimize disease pressure.  Another excellent product is Recover Rx, which has a unique blend of phosphorus sources, including phosphite – a form of phosphorus with both nutrient and biostimulant properties   and Salicylic Acid (SA) – a natural plant hormone that is the active ingredient in aspirin. It’s like giving your plants an aspirin a day to keep the doctor away.  Both TKO and Recover Rx work very well with Companion and/or Essential Plus, and can be tank-mixed for easy spray applications.

As we go through the remainder of the summer months, we’ll experience hot dry weather that will have a negative effect on soil health.  Salts and bicarbonates will build up and cause soils to seal off, thus preventing moisture and oxygen from infiltrating the soil.  This will reduce soil microbial activity and discourage the desired exchange of nutrients.  Some products to help prevent such damage are Sodium KnockOut, Essential Plus, and BioNutrients.  A key component in all of these products is humic acid.  Humic acid helps solubilize salts, conditions soil, and make nutrients more readily available to plants.

For extra protection against disease, use Companion® Liquid Biological Fungicide and Soil Amendment throughout the rest of the growing season. Companion® adds billions of beneficial microbes, including the ever-effective Bacillus subtilis, to rebalance and revitalize soils, and it creates a protective shield around leaves when applied as a foliar spray. More than just hocus-pocus, Companion® has been tested time and again in university studies and across the globe, and found to be effective against number of plant diseases such as such as root rot, blight, wilt, bottom- and stem-rot, and bacterial leaf spot (Phytophthora, Pythium, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia, Xanthomonas campestris), and more. As a soil amendment, Companion® also noticeably enhances root growth.

The photo above, left, shows the roots of Neanthe Bella Palms before using Companion. After using Companion Biological Fungicide, right, the palms form clean white roots with better root formation.


To help invigorate  growth, Growth Products also offers an assortment of different macro-nutrient products (such as Nitro-30 and 7-14-7 All Purpose) that uses proprietary slow-release “Smart Nitrogen” technology, along with several unique micronutrient products to help with all your plant nutritional needs.

Give us a call at (800) 648-7626 to discuss your specific crop, turf, or landscape nutrient needs.