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Hydraflo is a highly effective dual-action granular wetting agent

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Wetting Agent for Nursery Use

A wetting agent, also called surfactant, increases the adsorption of  water into media and soil. Wetting agents achieve this by reducing the surface tension of water, which allows it to spread more easily.  The main purpose of a wetting agent is to increase the absorption and spread of water, which can dramatically improve the effectiveness of irrigation applications and rainfall.

In ornamental plants and turf, the addition of a wetting agent to either the irrigation water or to the media has several tangible benefits. Wetting agents can:

  • Increase plant and turf uniformity by improving plant access to moisture;
  • Improve plant health;
  • Improve the efficiency of irrigation applications and even reduce the amount of irrigation required;
  • Assist with drainage in waterlogged soils;
  • Reduce the need to hand water dry spots in turf.

Extensive research has shown that potted nursery plants grow faster and are of higher quality when wetting agents are used. Trials in turf have shown improvements in colour and overall quality and uniformity, even with lower irrigation rates.

Ionic v Non-ionic wetting agents 

Hydraflo L and Hydraflo 2 are both non-ionic wetting agents that are soft on plant roots. Hydraflo provides a high level of safety on fine root hairs, even with sensitive crops.

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ICL have conducted many nursery and turf trials on wetting agents including Hydraflo. 

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Benefits

  • Safe for use in any season

  • Improves soil drainage

  • Greater efficiency of irrigation, increase water retention without increasing air filled porosity

  • Encourage deeper, stronger roots

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