One Product with Many Pluses

Hydro-Max

Recently two of Growth Products’ Japanese sales representatives visited us in our offices. During our lengthy conversations, we gained some wonderful insights into our products and how they are making a difference world-wide.

The two men’s detailed explanations of the multiple benefits of our products was impressive. They particularly expounded on the many advantages of Hydro-Max™, Growth Products’ natural wetting agent.

The sales reps’ enthusiasm about Hydro-Max’s multiple benefits reminded me of the old Japanese saying, “Isseki ni chou: One stone, two birds,” or “Killing two birds with one stone.” But for Hydro-Max we’d need to modify the phrase to “One product, many pluses!”

Natures Power

Hydro-Max is an all-natural wetting agent and soil penetrant containing extracts from the Mohave Yucca plant. Native to the high deserts of Mexico and the Southwestern U.S., yucca plants contain soap-like saponins. Native Americans used yucca for medicinal purposes and to make soaps and shampoos. Today yucca saponins are still widely used in the beverage industry, in agribusiness, and in the cosmetic industry.

When used in high concentrations as in Hydro-Max, yucca’s saponins increase water penetration in soils and reduce surface tension of turf sprays. For this reason, golf course superintendents and other turf professionals rely on Hydro-Max to treat dry spots on greens, tees, fairways, and residential lawns.

When used in high concentrations as in Hydro-Max, yucca’s saponins increase water penetration in soils and reduce surface tension of turf sprays. For this reason, golf course superintendents and other turf professionals rely on Hydro-Max to treat dry spots on greens, tees, fairways, and residential lawns.


Penetration minutes of yucca vs. various synthetic wetting agents and distilled water.

Turf professionals also value Hydro-Max for its many benefits that are not provided by synthetic wetting agents. Hydro-Max’s natural saponin steroids, combined with the humic acid in Hydro-Max, works to condition soils over time, leach excess salts, increase the cell wall permeability of all types of warm and cool season turf grass, and facilitate better absorption of macromolecules such as proteins into the turf.

The steroidal action also stimulates turf growth and increases microbial activity in the soil. It serves as a food source for nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and reduces harmful nitrate accumulations.

Perhaps best of all, Hydro-Max – unlike synthetic wetting agents – helps turf withstand stress from climate extremes and from heavy foot traffic. Golf course professionals across the globe – from the British Isles, to California, to Australia and beyond – are using Hydro-Max as part of their summer stress and winter stress programs. It keeps their courses looking good and it maximizes valuable play time.

Global Demand

Overseas customers are turning to Growth Products to find safer, more efficient ways of dealing with depleted, hardened soils that have been worked for thousands of years. These same individuals are also seeking solutions to help them deal with poor water quality, as years of environmental neglect have taken their toll on groundwater and waterways.

When Growth Products started over 30 years ago, our goal was to provide effective, efficacious products that would were good for the green industry and good for the environment as well. With decades of experience, in-field testing, university research, and technological innovations, Growth Products has become a recognized leader in this field.

Hydro-Max is just one of our many multi-tasking “many pluses” products based on the power of natural organics. Please give Growth Products a call, and we’ll be glad to help you find practical solutions for your growing needs.