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properties it is easier to manage irrigation   / chemical use, improve drainage, reduce   equal lost profits. In a recent trial  (See
            frequency and leaching fraction within   stress, and conserve resources.  chart below), plants treated with H2Pro
            practical limits.                                                      maintained turgor for over a week after
                                               One area where H2Pro really shines is
            The ideal mix will readily take up applied   with long-term activity. Wetting agents   being watered while untreated plants
                                                                                   reached permanent wilting by Day 5
            moisture, fully saturate quickly, avoid   have polar molecules with lipophilic ends   and were not salable. Additionally, when
            channeling, and drain free water quickly   that  attach  to  organic  components  in   dry pots were watered with 16 fl. oz.
            to avoid anaerobic pockets in the root   the growing media and hydrophilic ends   of water after this extreme dry down,
            zone.  Growing media are  made from  a   that hold plant-available water in the root   H2Pro  treated pots  held  12  fl.  oz.  (mix
            variety of raw materials and some of these   zone. H2Pro contains wetting agents with   held 75% of applied water) whereas the
            can present barriers to water penetration,   a variety of chain lengths. As the longer   untreated pots  held only  7 fl. oz.  (only
            infiltration and free drainage, e.g.:    chains break, the segments reattach to   44% of applied water was held).  H2Pro
                                               the media, providing extended wetting
             •  Sphagnum peat moss is derived   and rewetting ability through repeated   treatment led to higher survivability of
               from decayed bog plants with waxy   wetting and drying cycles.      crops subjected to drought stress and
               cuticles.                                                           better  mitigation  and  recovery  of  dry
             •  Poorly aged or composted bark can   H2GRO CAN BE USED IN A         growing media.
               contain fungal mycelium that can   VARIETY OF WAYS:                 KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS
               shed water as well.              •  Incorporated in the growing media  OF H2PRO WETTING AGENTS
             •  Raw wood products can repel water.   •  As a drench application    INCLUDE:
            A good commercial media will be made   •  At low rates in the irrigation/  •  Available in liquid and granular
            with quality components and likely    fertigation system                 formulations to fit a wide range of
            contain a wetting agent applied during   •  As a misting agent over freshly    applications
            blending. If the mix is fresh, water relations   stuck cuttings         •  Low foaming
            in the container can  be excellent  right   •  As a continuous overhead    •  Liquid is highly compatible in
            after potting. However, one common    watering application               tank mixes
            issue  with  these  wetting  agents is  that
            they commonly don't last as they're   •  To remove sitting water on foliage  •  Excellent initial wetting, spreading,
            subject to environmental and microbial   •  As a drench on containers and   better penetration
            breakdown. Since mix can be stored for   baskets prior to shipment      •  Stays in solution even at cooler
            long periods of time after production at                                 water temperatures
            the mix plant, in distributor warehouses   H2Pro applications can be an excellent   •  Economical and long-lasting
            or at grower operations, these wetting   way  to  minimize  plant  loss  in  the  post-
            agents can decay and become less   production environment of the big  box   More information is available at: https://
            effective. When this happens, mix can   or garden center where watering may
            become harder to wet, contain dry spots   be  less  than  optimal.  Here,  lost  crops
            or layers, hold less water and can even
            be poorly drained. This, in turn, can       H2Pro Greenhouse & Nursery
            cause all sorts of production problems  H2Pro Greenhouse & Nursery
            and plant stresses including wilting,                                               Verbena Trial
            overwatering and poor nutrition.
                                                         Leachate Test
            The solution for growing media with        16oz of Water Added Upon
            poor  wet  out  is  to  apply  a  high quality   Completion of Trial
            growing  media  surfactant.  H2Pro™
            For Greenhouse and Nursery, wetting
            agents is a fairly new product line from
            ICL  Specialty  Fertilizers specifically
            designed for potting soils to prevent
            poor wet out, channeling and excess
            drying of pots.  H2Pro is a proprietary
            blend of wetting agents, penetrating
            agents and re-wetting agents that can
            optimize the water relations in stressed
            growing media. This unique, long-lasting
            wetting agent can be an excellent tool to
            increase the efficiency of water / nutrient
                                               *May reduce water requirements for extra shelf life with some varieties at Garden Centers

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